Florence Hostels and Camping
ABOVE: The Church of Santa Croce faces a vast
piazza that is lined with ancient houses.
The "Seven Saints" hostel occupies a converted convent near the Sette Santi
church. It has 65 single, double, and four- to six-bed rooms.
Youth Firenze 2000
independent hostel is on the south side of the Arno, a 10- to 15-minute bus ride
(or a long walk) from the center of town. Rooms have 2, 3, or 4 beds with
private baths, and paid parking is available. An indoor pool is open year-round.
Ostello Europa Villa
The local Hostelling International affiliate is
between Florence and suburban Fiesole, a 20-minute bus ride from the city
center. Its 322 beds are in a villa surrunded by a botanical garden.
Ostello Gallo d'Oro
This family-run hostel opened in 2001. It's located between the Piazza
San Marco and Piazza della Libertŕ, and it has
seven rooms with a total of 24 beds.
Dormitories have 10 bunk beds each at this former convent on the south side of
the Arno. There's a 1 a.m. curfew, and the hostel is closed from 1-6 a.m. and
Bungalows, campsites, and caravans (trailers) are available at this hillside
campground in a suburb where Florentines escape the city's heat in summer.
Fiesole's attractions include restaurants, cafés, an archaeological museum, and
a Roman Theatre that is still in use.
Villa Camerata (HI)
This Hostelling International campground is next to the Europa Villa Camrerata
(see above), 5 km or 3 miles from the city center. It's open year-round.
Park your camper or pitch your tent, then walk down the hillside and cross the
Arno to Florence's sights. The large campground is just below the Piazzale
Michelangelo, with amenities that include a supermarket, a bar-terrace
that overlooks the city, an Internet point, and heated toilet/shower blocks with
clothes washers and dryers.
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