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Canto degli Scali - In the heart of Florence

Canto degli Scali is located right in the medieval heart of Florence, on Via delle Terme that runs between Via Por Santa Maria and Piazza Santa Trinita. This makes it an ideal and extremely convenient location if you are spending a few days here visiting museums or just doing some shopping. The complex is right next to Piazza Santa Trinita, where the town’s exclusive fashion thoroughfare (Via de’ Tornabuoni) begins, and all the town’s main museums and sights (the Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo della Signoria) are just a stone’s throw away. The street it stands on is one of the oldest and most picturesque in the city thanks to the towers and palazzos it overlooks. In fact, this is one of the roads that once bordered on the ancient Roman castrum, a fortress that permanently housed a battalion of the Roman army. The street itself takes its name from the ancient Roman baths or terme that once stood here, but fell into disuse during the barbarian invasions. Several centuries later, a number of rich and powerful families – especially the Buondelmonti Guelphs – chose this spot to build numerous fortified towers and palazzos. In terms of Florence’s urban fabric, Via delle Terme is one of the very few streets that was not restructured during the 19C or destroyed – and then rebuilt – due to bombing in the Second World War.

Ponte Vecchio - 200 mt

palazzo Vecchio - 280 mt

Santa Croce - 850 mt

Duomo - 450 mt

Palazzo Strozzi - 350 mt

Uffizi - 350 mt

How to reach us

By plane
Florence’s national and international airport (Amerigo Vespucci) is about 6 kilometres away, so the best way to reach us is by taxi (fixed rate of 20 euro). If you would rather use public transport, there is also a shuttle service (Vola in Bus) that will take you to the main railway station (Santa Maria Novella) from where you can either walk (about 15 min) or take a taxi (max. 5 min). For anyone arriving from the other airport in Tuscany (Pisa – Galileo Galilei) there are both coach and train services to Santa Maria Novella station.

By car
The most convenient place to park is in the Garage delle Terme, which is just a few metres from Canto degli Scali. If you let us know in advance we can also arrange a special rate here of 25 euro a day. There aren’t really any other viable options as it is very easy for visitors to pick up fines for either parking in spaces reserved for residents or entering restricted traffic areas in the town centre.

By train
Having reached Florence’s main railway station (Santa Maria Novella) you can either walk here (about 15 min) or take a taxi (max. 5 min).

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