We stayed outside Florence at the B&B Firenze Novoli. It's definitely a budget hotel (€55/night), so we were surprised to find our little room had a sizeable balcony with a view over Florence's suburbs. There was also a 24 hour convenience store in the hotel, espresso machines, and a continental breakfast (€9). Throw in free parking on site, and it was a great deal for us. The only drawback was that it was a 20 minute bus ride into the city centre. Which, on a positive note, gave us a glimpse into 'real' life in Florence.
Did you know the bus stops in Florence talk to you? You can press a little button which announces to anyone within a 100 foot radius which bus is coming next and when it will arrive (with our limited Italian skills, we even understood it!)
To take the bus in Florence you purchase tickets ahead of time at a tabacchi or kiosk. There wasn't one around our hotel, but we had read online that you could also buy them on the bus from the driver. When the bus pulled up and we tried to do just that, the bus driver shook his head and
Have you ever made a tourist blunder while travelling? What's your best transit in a foreign country story? It can't get much worse than Edna's!
BY THE NUMBERS
date: september 1
weather: cloudy, rainy
distance travelled: 100 km/62 mi (Pisa to Florence)
toll/highway charges: €0
slept at: B&B Hotel Firenze Novoli, €55/night
parked at: the hotel, for free
florence bus tickets: €2/90 minutes