Hello All, My best friend and I will be going to Italy in October and then to France. It is a fairly tight schedule. We are flying into Rome and staying there two nights then from there going to Seina for 3 nights. We have booked a hill country tour with tours by Roberto. I thought about going from Rome to Florence and doing a city tour there and then heading to Seina on the same day. I know it is a packed day and I will only get the slightest touch of Florence. My question is will there be a place I could store my luggage in Florence at a bus station? Thank you all.
I don't know about the bus station but there is luggage storage at the main train station which is close to a couple of the bus stations. Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence has baggage storage open from 6 am to 11 pm (23:00) According to the trenitalia website, it's on the walkway beside track 16. Cost:5,00 € for the first 5 hours 0,70 € for each additional hour between 6 am and 12 midnight
0,30 € for each additional hour after midnight I suggest you should allow extra time for lineups to check and collect your luggage.
The buses line up on a side street across the street from the Florence train station. It's to the right of the McDonalds (out the side door of the train station.)
Other than a quick walk around the Duomo, it'll be difficult for you to do anything worthwhile in Florence after traveling up from Rome. You'll have to meet a bus to Siena at a specific time.
If you plan to take an early train out of Rome and a late bus to Siena, I don't see any reason why you couldn't enjoy the sights of Florence for the day. Many of the best are a short walk from the train station. Just make sure to go the Santa Maria Novella station (the main one).
The SMN train station in Florence and the station for buses to Siena are only a few minutes walk apart (across the street and around the corner). I'd suggest checking your luggage at the train station upon arrival, walking over to the bus station to check schedules (departures are about hourly) and buying your tickets then if you want to leave for Siena at a particular time. If you want more flexibility, buy tickets for the next bus when you're ready to depart. If the next bus is sold out, tickets for the following bus will almost certainly be available. You'll have plenty of time to explore Florence during your stopover, but be sure to allow some time to retrieve your luggage in case there's a line. Also, note that there's a TI office on the opposite side of the piazza in front of the train station. It's easy to get there from the bus station, making it convenient to stop for a map and other information before you begin exploring.
Thank you all so much !