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Looking for good location to stay in Florence

Me and my son are heading to Italy. Starting in Florence for a couple of days.
Where would be a good area to book and Air B & B. One that will be convenient and safe.
Thanks,
Steve

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Can give better advice if you confirm you will not (hopefully) have a rental car while sleeping in Florence?

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Thanks for your reply. No, I will not have a rental car while in Florence.
Also, we are planning 12 days in Italy, I figure we would start in Florence and work our way down.
So if you have any suggestions of other cities/towns to visit I would appreciate it. This is our first time to Italy and although its filled with museums, we not much into that. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you
Steve

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No, I will not have a rental car while in Florence.

That's good in Florence.
But not having a rental car could be a problem if you want to efficiently explore the hill country of Tuscany.
Where are you going after Florence?
And do you have a guidebook?

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If you are not "into" museums, what do you want to see/experience ? Food ? Wine ? Countryside ? History ? Architecture ?

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Accommodations can be a little tough. There are a lot of Airbnb listings in Oltrano, across the Arno from all of the major sights. I would recommend looking in this area. It’s more neighborhood Florence. Finding a similarly priced listing on the other side of the river doesn’t really put you much closer to anything. You do want to as close to the river as you can manage though. There’s not really any useful public transportation, you’ll find walking is the best way to get around.

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@ Todd: Having a rental car and sleeping in the historic center of Florence can be problematical: two reasons are ZTL's and parking. For more info on this much discussed (here) subject, you could use the Search box at the top of this window.

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On an RS tour a few years ago we stayed at the Hotel California. Very walkable to the center area of Florence. Nice hotel and nice patio on the roof.

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There is fine public transportation in Florence! I used it two to four times a day for 5 weeks recently. But, yes, you can easily walk from one end of the historical district to the other.

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We stayed here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10826925?guests=1&adults=1

Loved the area. Loved the apartment and the host. Two bedrooms, two bathrooms. Pedestrian-only street. Even less touristy than the Oltrarno, but still within the historic district, and the electric buses and other buses have stops about half a block away. As was the best gelato place in Florence.

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Hello,

We stayed here 2 years ago https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/plus/343773?guests=1&adults=1
It was extremely nice!!! The location was wonderful as well. The building is a 2 story that is owned and renovated by a local architect. She has an office in the building as well. She speaks very good English, as she stated does lots of business with the United States. She will let you drop and leave your luggage there if roaming before or after check in. I noticed that this is now an AirBnB Plus verified! She also has 3 other places in Florence as well.

Cynthia