You are correct. The parking is free, but there is a time limit(strictly enforced).
I don't think that the car will be there when you return.
An old post but the same question. We are only going to be in florence for the day. Free sounds great. Does anyone know the time restictions...is it hours or sunset, etc?
And if there is a bus, does it come often?
Thanks so much.
there is pay parking which is reasonably secure at Porta Romana -- don't leave your car at the Piazzale all day or it will be gone when you return -- it is parking designed for people visiting the Piazzale not for long term car storage
Florence is not the ideal place to take a car - it is tangle of narrow medieval streets, pedestrianised areas, one way streets and limited parking. If you park where you should not then clamping is always a possibility with a hefty financial penalty to be unclamped.
In high season Piazzale Michelangelo is very busy with cars, coaches and service buses jockeying for position amongst the various traders trying to sell tourist souvenirs. However in December parking should be much easier for a short stay but I would not dream of parking overnight. The chances of you being clamped are very high, even if your car is still there in the morning.
Find one of the big underground car parks where you will have to pay but you can leave you car. I have only got experience of the undergound car park in Borgo San Jacopo which used to charge about 25 euros for a 24 hour stay though what it charges now I have no idea.
Thanks so much. I am now wondering if there is a train stop before Florence where we could leave the car for the day and take the train in and out....possibly less hassle??
Sounds a very good plan.
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