SELF GUIDED ITINERARIES IN THE CITY

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The monuments and points of greatest artistic interest are concentrated in the historic centre, a fairly concentrated area and more or less enclosed within the ring roads that circle it.

Visiting the city on bike solves many of the problems one can face when getting around, such as parking, traffic or pedestrian areas, as almost all the pedestrian areas in Florence are also open to bikes.

It’s true what they say about bicycle theft: just like everywhere else in the world bicycles get stolen, but it’s nearly always possible to avoid this happening if you have a good lock and take a few precautions. The staff at Florence by Bike will be happy to explain how to lock the bike to the bicycle rack, and remember: as many locks as you want are included in the hire price!

Florence also has a reasonable cycle path network, which is undergoing continuous development. The cycle paths were mainly designed to keep cyclists safe in areas of heavy traffic, hence the reason they often run alongside avenues or main roads.

If there is a cycle path it’s obligatory to use it; there are no cycle paths crossing the historic centre.

Interactive map of the cycle paths in Florence.

We’ve done our best to also provide a printable version of the routes we suggest; the scale and layout of the maps may differ from each other.

CITY TOUR      PRINT

Discover Florence by bike at your leisure… feel the breeze on your face as you meander through town without worrying about “how and where” to park your car. Enter the LTZ (limited traffic zone) and pedestrian areas where you will come upon historic buildings, churches, tucked-away streets and gardens on this fantastic tour.

Before your departure we suggest you go up to Piazzale Michelangelo where you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view of Florence. From Piazza Ferrucci it is a gentle climb of one and a half kilometers to the top, but if you want to get off the bike and walk you can enjoy the fantastic views along the way.

Tour in centro

CASCINE PARK  PRINT

If you’ve had your fill of monuments, churches and art for the time being and simply wish to relax we recommend a visit to the Cascine Park.

This is the biggest public park in Florence and it offers pleasant walks along the River Arno, with plenty of spots for relaxing in the shade of century-old trees or even topping up your suntan on the lawns.

While exploring you’ll come across the ancient amphitheatre and pyramid, as well as several bars and kiosks where you can get a snack or a drink.

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 CASCINE AND RENAI PARKS  PRINT

Continue your exploration beyond the Cascine Park as far as the Renai Park, situated in the municipality of Signa. This route is 30 km in total, on the flat and away from the traffic. Renai Park, built on reclaimed land which used to be a swamp, offers recreation areas, a swimming pool, fountains, restaurants and bars, mini golf, and a playground for children.

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MINOR FLORENTINE VILLAS PRINT 1   PRINT 2

A number of lesser-known villas, some of which can also be visited inside, are to be found only a short distance from the city centre. Nestled into the surrounding area, they form part of the history and beauty of Florence.
Desite being smaller and less important than their famous counterparts, these villas will seal their place in your heart.
Please check their websites and contact them directly for information on visiting times.

VILLA LA QUIETE

VILLA DI QUARTO

VILLA MEDICEA DELLA TOPAIA 

PARCO E VILLA SOLARIA

VILLA PAOLINA

VILLA MEDICEA DI CASTELLO  Accademia della Crusca

VILLA LA PETRAIA   VIDEO

 

STRAVA

Part of  this itinerary might need some deviations, as it is involved in under construction situation due to new tramway lines.

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