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Top Ten Budget Accommodations

Keeping the Renaissance City of Florence Affordable

Visiting the city center of Florence, famous for its museums, shopping and restaurants is enough to put a dent in anyone’s wallet. Yet even in the glamour and elegance of the Renaissance City, there are many wonderful solutions for keeping you within the vacation budget while not missing out on any of the beauty of the city and its surroundings. Here is a select list of the top ten budget friendly accommodations in the city of Florence which include vacation rental apartments, B&B and hotels situated throughout the historic center and the neighboring suburbs.

We took into consideration location, convenience to public transport and applied a price/quality ratio as the basic characteristics for our list of price-friendly alternatives to lodgings in Florence. Not all market themselves as “budget” lodgings, but when you do look at these other characteristics, they offer a great location, all comforts and a great experience without a high price tag. Always keep in mind that traveling in the low season will give you the chance to enjoy the lowest rates than at any other time of the year!


1. Oltrarno Apartment

Interiors at Oltrarno ApartmentLuminous bedroom at Oltrarno Apartments

(Zone: San Frediano)

Located in an area of Florence which will have you enjoying the local life while being super close to the museums and monuments. The holiday rental Oltrarno Apartment will house up to four persons and has the extra warmth of a family run operation.

2. Al Duomo

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(Zone: The Cathedral)

Though they require a minimum of two nights, with all there is to do in Florence that should be no problem! Not only will you find yourself in the middle of the city center when you stay at Al Duomo but you will be surrounded by modern comforts including WIFI and more at the B&B.

3. Hotel Astro Mediceo

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(Zone: Campo di Marte)

Recently renovated, the Hotel Astro Mediceo is conveniently situated close to the center and the train station Campo di Marte. Not only does it offer on site parking but they have equipped the hotel with all the modern comforts including AC and WiFi.

4. Il Palagetto Guest House

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(Zone: San Frediano)

This family run B&B will welcome you with a warm and friendly hospitality which will have you feeling right at home in no time. Positioned in an area which still has a genuine Florentine feel, at Il Palagetto you will enjoy the small cafes, shops and markets.

5. Monna Clara

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(Zone: SMN Train Station)

These clean and simple rooms are the perfect base for travellers who are always on the go. Close to the main rail station, Monna Clara,, you can play easy day trips to Siena, Lucca and Arezzo. If you are staying in town, then everything is within walking distance.



6. Agricola Poderino

Green gardens and swimming pool at Agricola PoderinoGreen gardens and large swimming pool at Agricola Poderino in Bagno

(City: Bagno a Ripoli)

These budget friendly apartments at Agricola Poderino are located only a short distance from the city center of Florence and give you the best of both worlds: the Tuscan landscape and the exciting Florence skyline.

7. Poggio al Sole

Large double bedroom at B&B Poggio al SoleNature trails and silence at B&B Poggio al Sole

(City: Fiesole)

Only a distance from Fiesole and its impressive Roman ampitheater, these B&B rooms are beautiful. As of next year, Poggio al Sole will also have a stunning pool inside the lush green garden. Ask about the saffron flowers and products from the farm.

8. Porcigliano

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(City: Borgo San Lorenzo)

In an area not often explored by tourists, this 3 room B&B will assure you peace, quiet and a hearty breakfast with local products. If you like to hike and explore the countryside or if you prefer wandering the city streets of Florence, Porcigliano is in the ideal position.

9. I Nidi di Belforte

Kitchen with fireplace at I Nidi di BelforteLarge and comfortable bedrooms at I Nidi di Belforte

(City: Dicomano)

Just the place for the whole family to relax, I Nidi di Belforte and this area is 100% Tuscany and offers small towns to explore, markets to visit, family styled restaurants nearby and lots of relax. But don’t worry you are still close enough to Florence and major roads to make day trips easy.

10. Fattoria I Ricci

Dining room and Breakfast area Fattoria i RicciPool view looking over sunflowers in Tuscany at Fattoria i Ricci

(City: Vicchio)

Set in the green countryside and yellow fields of sunflowers, the large and luminous apartments at Fattoria I Ricci will delight you and your family. You can add a robust breakfast to your stay or plan to eat at least one homemade Italian meal at the dining room.

Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been more than 25 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. It didn't take long to learn that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.


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