With such a great choice of things to do in the high cultural capital of Italy, hiring a car in Florence is the best mode of transport for comfort and convenience.
Hertz car rental in Florence makes this quick and easy with several branches conveniently located across the city.
Florence may be an ancient city but today it has ideal conditions for driving, with wide, modern roads connecting up all the attractions and making it easy to access the surrounding region too. Enjoy some of the most iconic buildings of the Renaissance, including the Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Pitti, which visitors flock to from around the world. Florence is full of interest and ideal for exploring by car. v
You will need a full driving license and must be over 21 to rent a car in Florence. If you are from outside the European Union you will also need an International Driving Permit (IDP). For more information about driving regulations in Florence, take a look at our page about renting a car in Italy.
If you rent a car in Florence be aware that parking is limited in the centre of the city, which is a limited traffic zone or ZTL. Parking options around the outskirts are many and varied, however, and include private garages, paid parking lots, street parking and even some free parking.
ZTL is in force during weekdays from 7.30am to 8.00pm and on Saturdays between 7.30am and 4.00pm. You don’t need a permit to enter it outside of these hours, but even then parking is limited. If your hotel is inside the ZTL you’ll have to leave and park elsewhere as soon as you’ve unloaded your luggage.
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 0830-1830, Sa 0830-1230, Su closed
Address: Via del Sansovino 53
Opening hours: (Seasonal Location) Apr to Oct: Mo-Sa 0800-1900, Su 0800-1300 // Nov to Mar: Mo-Fr 0800-1900, Sa-Su 0800-1300
Address: Via Borgo Ognissanti 137/R
Opening hours: Mo-Sa 0830-2330, Su 0930-2330
Address: A Vespucci Airport, Amerigo Vespucci Airport
Opening hours: Mo-Sa 1000-2000, Su 1100-2000
Address: Via Francesco Redi 1
There is a network of good roads in Florence, which all pass through many of the city’s famous squares, so it’s fairly easy to navigate. Liberta Square for instance in the north is where seven roads converge, and Repubblica Square is at an intersection of two of the city’s main thoroughfares.
The Via Camillo Cavour runs through the northern district and cuts through much of Florence’s historic centre.
The Via Ghibellina is one of the longest streets in the city and is useful for accessing the suburbs.
The Via dei Calzaiuoli is the most historic street in the centre and links two famous piazzas.
If you’re here for shopping, head off along the Via de’ Tornabuoni, a luxury thoroughfare lined with upmarket boutiques that connects Antinori Square with Ponte Santa Trinita. Bear in mind a few things while driving in Florence:
• Italians drive on the right hand side of the road.
• Making a right turn on a red light is always illegal, unlike the situation in the US and Canada for example.
• The ZTL zone in Florence is not open to private cars, and if you hang around in this area during its operational hours your number plate will be recorded by cameras and you will receive a fine.
• An upside-down red-and-white triangle indicates that you do not have the right of way.
• Useful words to look out for on traffic signs include sinistra (left), dextra (right) and dritto (straight ahead). Peddagio means toll and uscita means exit.
• There are speed limits on all roads in Italy, indicated by a number inside a red and white circle. This will be in kilometres rather than miles.
• A sign that shows an officer with his hand raised means that there’s a checkpoint or speed trap coming up.