Best hostels in Florence/Italy
Have you ever been to Florence? If not, we recommend visiting this city! You can even save a lot of money for accommodation due to staying in some of the fancy hostels Florence offers! It would be a pity to not save money you can spend on a fantastic gastronomy Florence is famous for! Read further and pick your next budget accommodation in this popular Italian city!
Florence is a city in central Italy and the capital city of the Tuscany region. It is the most populated city in Tuscany, with apr. 400 thousand inhabitants. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture, and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture, and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, Forbes has ranked it as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The Galleria dell’Accademia has Michelangelo’s David – perhaps the best-known work of art anywhere. The city attracts millions of tourists each year, and UNESCO declared the Historic Centre of Florence a World Heritage Site in 1982.
Florence was a center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of that era. It is considered by many academics as the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages”. Its turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family and numerous religious and republican revolutions.
From 1865 to 1871 the city served as the capital of the Kingdom of Italy (established in 1861). The Florentine dialect forms the base of Standard Italian and it became the language of culture throughout Italy due to the prestige of the masterpieces by Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Giovanni Boccaccio, Niccolò Machiavelli, and Francesco Guicciardini.
Florence is known as the “cradle of the Renaissance” (la culla del Rinascimento) for its monuments, churches, and buildings. The best-known site of Florence is the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, known as The Duomo, whose dome was built by Filippo Brunelleschi. The nearby Campanile (partly designed by Giotto) and the Baptistery buildings are also highlights. The dome, 600 years after its completion, is still the largest dome built in brick and mortar in the world.
One of the bridges, in particular, stands out — the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), whose most striking feature is the multitude of shops built upon its edges, held up by stilts. The bridge also carries Vasari’s elevated corridor linking the Uffizi to the Medici residence (Palazzo Pitti). If you have ever seen the movie Inferno, shoot in Florence based on the Dan Brown novel, you are aware of this fact for sure.
Florence has a humid subtropical climate, tending to the Mediterranean. It has hot summers with moderate or light rainfall and cool, damp winters. As Florence lacks a prevailing wind, summer temperatures are higher than along the coast. Rainfall in summer is convectional, while relief rainfall dominates in the winter.
Are you ready to see the best youth hostels Florence offers? Let’s do it! Kindly be aware the price mentioned below each property is only average and could vary based on the chosen date and type of room/dorm!
#1 Dany House
Dany House Hostel is 20 minutes walking from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. The Hostel offers a friendly, fun, clean, and comfortable place to stay in Florence. Their aims are “Dany House is your house”. There is free WiFi throughout, a games room, free maps, hairdryer, and much more!
Dormitories are colorful with tiled floors and shared bathrooms. There are also some with private bathroom. Every bed has a reading lamp, plug, lockers. Dany House is located 20 minutes walking from the main attraction like Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, and the Uffizi Museum.
A sweet Italian breakfast can be enjoyed on request. Former visitors appreciate the helpful and kind staff, tidy and big rooms, and comfy beds!
#2 Plus Hostel Florence
Located a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Train Station, Plus Florence is a hostel offering rooms and dormitories with free WiFi throughout. It is 0.6 mi from Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral. Each room and dormitory at Plus Florence features a flat-screen TV, air conditioning, lockers, and a private bathroom. Some also boast views of the cathedral.
Guests have free use of the fitness area, and during winter they also enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna, and an indoor pool. The shared area is equipped with a microwave, fridge, and vending machines. A full English buffet breakfast is available until 11:00 at Plus Florence. The café provides drinks, snacks, and ice creams during the day, while the restaurant serves pizza and other Italian dishes at dinner.
Fortezza da Basso exhibition center is 601 m from the hostel, while Uffizi Gallery is a 12-minute walk away.
#3 Hostel Archi Rossi
Hostel Archi Rossi is in Florence’s historic center just 250 m from Santa Maria Novella Train Station. It is within easy walking distance of all the main tourist sites, including the Uffizi Gallery and Florence Cathedral.
It’s been compared very favorably to a hotel by many of former guests, who say it has the ‘location perfect for an avid hosteller’. This hostel also has a highly rated free breakfast, cheap, tasty dinners, and popular morning walking tours, as well as ‘a fun environment with great artistic flair’.
Rooms are air-conditioned and have private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi. After a day’s sightseeing, you can relax in the gardens or on the sun terrace. Other facilities include on-site laundry and a tour desk.
#4 Hostel Gallo D’Oro
Located in the center of Florence, Hostel Gallo D’oro is 701 m from the Accademia Gallery which houses Michelangelo’s famous David statue. Free WiFi is available throughout. Rooms at Gallo D’oro hostel are individually decorated and include parquet floors, lockers, and bedside tables. All beds include a reading light, bed linen, and towels. Some rooms have a balcony.
Guests can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast, which includes fresh orange juice, coffee, croissants, fruit salad, and homemade cakes. A free buffet with savory and sweet products is available all day long. Staff are available 24 hours a day and can give tourist information and restaurant recommendations. They can also help book tickets for museums and events in Florence. Free yoga classes are also available on the rooftop terrace of a partner hostel, set a 3-minute walk away.
Florence Cathedral can be reached on foot in 15 minutes, and the property is a 20-minute walk from Santa Maria Novella Station.
#5 My Friends Hostel
Set only 450 m from Santa Maria Novella Train Station in Florence, My Friends provides accommodations with free WiFi. Florence’s Duomo Cathedral is 651 m away. Classic-style rooms all have a fan. Both private and shared bathrooms include free toiletries.
My Friends is a few steps from Florence Congress Center and 0.6 mi from the famous Piazza della Signoria square. Florence Airport is a 15-minute drive away.
This is not a party place but a place where you can enjoy and share your time in a homely atmosphere with other travelers!
#6 Ostello Tasso
A couple of minutes from the city center of Florence, Ostello Tasso is located in a creative oasis. Between the houses of the local Florentine’s, working craftsmen, restaurants, trattorias, wine bars, and the eclectic nightlife of the Oltrarno.
Ostello Tasso has 13 uniquely designed rooms with excellent service and beautiful accommodations at affordable prices, changing your average hostel stay into a pleasurable and playful experience. The hostel features a luxurious and spacious lounge area, a garden, bar, and theater stage. They providing our guests with the perfect atmosphere and space to sip a drink, listen to music, and meet people from the area and around the world.
At the end of the day when your soul is satisfied and needs to rest, the hostel is equipped with great quality beds, soft cotton linen, clean private showers, and toilets. Making your stay as pleasurable as possible. The hostel offers free WIFI, laundry room, maps, and safety lockers to store your valuables.
#7 Emerald Palace Hostel
With a terrace, Emerald Palace is located in the center of Florence, 350 m from the Cathedral. Free WiFi access is available in all areas. At Emerald Palace, you will find a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge and luggage storage.
All the accommodations here will provide you with modern or classic décor. Some feature a private bathroom with a shower. Guests will enjoy a characteristic Italian breakfast every morning. It includes hot drinks, croissants, and pastries. Breakfast available at a cost of 5 euros!
Firenze Santa Maria Novella Train Station is 601 m from the property. Piazza della Signoria is a 10-minute walk away.
#8 Backpackers Florence Central
Central backpackers Florence was renovated and open again with private bathrooms in every room. Central backpackers Florence is located in one of the best squares in Florence, Piazza Santa Croce. Piazza Santa Croce is in the minutes of walking distance of main sights (Uffizzi, Bargelo, Old Bridge, Duomo, Piazza Signoria).
Central Backpackers is also located in the heart of nightlife, best cafes, and restaurants. You can find the property on the first floor of a historic building that is newly rebuilt in perfect condition. All private rooms are facilitated with a private bathroom.
Backpackers central facilities: free wireless access for travelers with laptops, free linens, and duvets, free maps, free nonstop hot shower, free luggage storage. There is no curfew, no lockout and you can find here 24 hours check-in/reception!