flats in Florence
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Home to renowned works of art from Micheangelo and Botticelli, architectural spectacles like the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio and prestigious institutions such as the University of Florence, as well as easy access to vast beaches, the vine-hilled chianti region, and beautiful towns and cities in the surrounding area, it’s no surprise that Florence is a popular destination for expats.

Neighbourhoods in Florence

Florence caters to all tastes. It’s important to explore the city thoroughly to ensure you get a feel for each district. Note that Florence is a fairly compact city, so most places are accessible by foot.

Florence is divided into two parts, with the Arno river separating the traditional historic centre from the Oltrano and neighbouring districts. Some of the most popular residential neighbourhoods include:

  • San Marco: a district in the north of the Centro Storico which has a good selection of shops, restaurants, and the university botanical gardens
  • Santa Croce, home to the Sant’Ambrogio Market, the Santa Croce Church, and a wealth of restaurants and bars
  • Via Bolognese, which snakes out of the northern edge of the city
  • Santo Spirito, which is popular among young people and students, and centres around a lively piazza which features lots of bars and restaurants
  • San Niccolò, which is most commonly visited on the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo, offers peace and quiet from the tourist hustle and bustle during the day, as well as a lively array of bars and restaurants in the evening

Types of accommodation in Florence

Most of Florence’s accommodation is in apartment buildings called palazzo, and compared to the rest of the country, city centre apartments are usually small. Some come with balconies or small terraces and a few feature elevators. Unsurprisingly, expats will find more affordable places the further from the historic centre they are.

Finding accommodation in Florence

As with finding accommodation in the rest of the country, it is advisable to do some research online first. Websites such as Apartments in Florence, Florence Apartments Italy, Halldis, and Firenze Lodging should provide a useful start for your search.

If you are a student looking for an apartment in Florence, check with your institution for available rooms, or use a website database such as Erasmus to find available rooms. Room sharing amongst students is widely common in Italy, use a search tool like Roomeez or Roomster for a list of available rooms.

You should consider using a real estate agency if you are having trouble finding somewhere suitable. They are often able to show you properties before or as soon as they become available on the market, though fees are extremely high. Popular estate agencies in Florence include San Frediano Immobiliare, Milligan Sales, and Florence and Abroad.

Renting accommodation in Florence

Generally, rental leases in Italy are valid for a minimum of four years. However, given Florence’s popularity as a hub for foreigners and students, it is possible to get shorter term contracts. Note that these are usually more expensive.

The most common types of contract in Florence are the Contratto di Libero Mercato (an agreement between tenant and landlord which lasts for four years) and the Contratto di Convenzione (an agreement between tenant and landlord which lasts for three years, with the option to renew for a further two years).

 Good to know:

A few landlords will include water and electricity in the bill, but not all, so check with your landlord before you move in.

 Useful links:

Apartments in Florence
Florence Apartments Italy
Firenze Lodging
San Frediano Immobiliare
Milligan Sales
Florence and Abroad

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