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Parking availability at Santa Maria Novella station

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Parking availability at Santa Maria Novella station

We will be visiting Florence on May 21st and are wondering if parking is readily available at the Santa Maria Novella station.

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As I wrote in another thread, I learned at a young age (before ZTL) of the wrongheadedness of driving in Florence. Any tourist who does so is making a mistake, a big one. Is it possible? Yes. Is it rational or sensible? No. Listen to good advice here: don't drive into Florence. (And don't drive into New York, either LOL)

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Our one time driving into Florence we were directed very firmly by a policewoman on point duty to somewhere other than we wanted to go, down a side street off said roundabout. Turned out to be a parking station down there which was handy, but no way was it where we were trying to go.

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Uncletomaso, everyone is entitled to his opinion, but to call someone irresponsible, especially someone who has always been generous and good natured with his help and advice, simply because you don't agree with him is the height of arrogance. It's clear to everyone that you don't like to drive in the city. That doesn't mean that yours is the only way. I have rented cars and driven in and out of Florence many times without having a nervous breakdown or getting a fine. And that bit about the gun? Shame on you.

It sure would be nice if you could find a less offensive way to disagree with people. Or maybe you could just try backing off once in a while. Nobody likes a know it all.

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I remember being caught in an endless loop that seemingly offered no escape. At the time (20 years ago perhaps) I didn't know Florence at all. I'd love to figure out sometime now where I had been driving back then. But I would do the exploration on foot!

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We are a group of 6 adults - several of us who have years experience driving in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. We are staying in Creve which does not appear to be too far away. Our tour guide suggested we park at the Santa Maria Novella station.

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I've driven in Los Angeles when I lived there and also here in NYC - been driving for decades and it makes no difference at all when it comes to driving IN Florence; driving in the Tuscan countryside is a joy - lots of fun to do with the winding, curving country roads but experience elsewhere will not mean anything when it comes to Florence (or other towns and cities in Italy) - the restricted areas are plenty enough to make it a challenge to not incur a large fine.

Oh - (excuse me if this was mentioned already, I may have missed it) - all drivers in your party will need to get an International Drivers Permit (IDP); it is legally required in Italy. You get it easily at AAA offices, requires a passport style photo which most AAA offices can do on site - costs about $20 and is good for 12 months after the date it is issued.

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If it's Greve you're staying in, you should take the bus in to Florence. It takes about an hour but is totally hassle free. Don't drive into Florence when there's such a convenient bus available.

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19. Re: Parking availability at Santa Maria Novella station

NanoMorgante

First, you misunderstand the argument and you misstate the issues.

Second, you obviously misunderstand me: I love to drive in Florence and do so at every opportunity. If I were truly "arrogant", I would assume that everybody is like me and enjoys what I enjoy.

To the contrary: I have read what so many people have posted on this Forum over and over again - that they have had horrible and/or expensive experiences driving in Florence.

Questions about driving in and around Florence do not have to do with taste: What are your favorite museums, or restaurants, or gelaterie? These questions have to do with real-life experiences and real-life consequences. Saying "I like to drive in Florence and have no problems doing it; therefore you should do the same" is, in my mind, inappropriate and irresponsible.

I fully recognize the value of Eugene's contributions on other issues. On this one, I profoundly disagree. I'm sorry if that offends you.

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20. Re: Parking availability at Santa Maria Novella station

Eugene, thank you for the directions. we will be coming from the West...Lucca. Does this lot have a name? We will have GPS and I would like to have an address that I can plug in. I see the roundabout on the map and after zooming in I see the entrance to the underground parking. Looks a little tricky...just have to pay attention. We have driven in Italy twice before, and as long as you pay attention, it's not that big a deal.