If you can avoid it, you shouldn’t drive to Florence. You agonise through the traffic jam, look for the parking lot and risk driving into the limited traffic zone. Florence, as in most of Italy’s major cities, has limited traffic zones. They are marked with ZTL (zona traffico limitato). Among them there are zones where there is always a driving ban and some that can only be used at night and on weekends. In addition, there are the bans on certain types of vehicles by type of fuel and pollutant class. So, as a foreign motorist, you’re well advised to avoid these zones. The penalties are peppered and the penalty notice is sent to your home.
In the area of Santa Maria Novella at the station is the large parking garage “La Stazione”. Other car parks include Fortezza da Basso and “Sole” in Via del Sole.
Florence is connected to the network of high-speed trains (treni di alte velocità). The Turin-Salerno and Venice-Salerno lines lead via Florence so you can easily travel on to Rome, Milan or Venice. The Frecciarossa or Italo takes you from Milan to Florence in 1.5 hours.
From Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport, a shuttle bus runs every half an hour to Santa Maria Novella Central Station. The journey time is about 20 minutes. From Pisa Airport you can take the shuttle bus to Florence, travel about 1 hour and from Bologna Airport it takes about 90 minutes to Florence by shuttle bus.