What area to stay in Florence in May

Hello! We are a family of 5 and traveling to Florence in May. We will be there 3 nights and are coming from Rome. We will be renting an apartment (suggestions would be great!). Right now we are looking at airbnb.com and SleepinItaly.com for apartments. But, I don't know which area of the city would be the best. Our kids are 9, 13, and 16. Walking to the sights would be great; however, we've also thought that staying outside the city and then coming in for the day to sightsee would be fun too. Any thoughts? From Florence we are traveling through Lucca and on to the Cinque Terre for a few days. I'd love any advice.
Thanks! Becky

Posted by Zoe
Toledo, Ohio, US
2429 posts

I prefer to stay in the historic center, all the sights are close by and if you need to go back to your apartment during the day, it's right there. Sorry I don't have recommendations for rentals.

Posted by Allen
Lafayette, LA
191 posts

Its great that your whole family is going. I have kids of similar ages and brought them to Italy (though not Florence) last year. Whether or not a daytrip is advised depends on how in depth you want to see Florence. If you plan to visit the museums, then you need two days at least. If you just want to to casually stroll around and check out the piazzas and the river, then it can be done in one day. I have stayed in areas near the galleria dell' accademia, Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station and Ponte Vecchio. It didn't really matter where as the old center is so compact, perhaps a mile and a half across.