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Florence

Bus from Uffizi Gallery to Boboli Gardens

Hello. Can someone please help me. I have never used the bus in Italy before. I need to get from The Uffizi Gallery to Boboli Gardens. Also, what is the procedure once on the bus? Don't mean to sound ignorant, but this is new to me. Thank you in advance!



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answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Should have mentioned...this would be on a Thursday leaving the Uffizi Gallery at 2:15 pm to arrive at Boboli Gardens immediately following. Thank you!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Italy

Hi!

You know that you can also go on foot through Ponte Vecchio and the distance between the Uffizi and Piazza Pitti is about 500-600 m.

About the bus the official website of the Boboli Garden say that the bus lines reaching them are 36, 37 or 11.

And this is the official website of the Florence bus ataf.net/en/fares/tickets.as...

Enjoy!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Hi DMuller197 - Honestly? The Uffizi is so close to the Pitti that it's likely easiest just to walk - and a nice walk it is, too (we have). You would just head down the street to Ponte Vecchio, cross the bridge, and keep going straight ahead; you'll run right into Palazzo Pitti/Boboli Gardens.

Central Florence is really quite compact - only about 1/2 hour walk from one side to the other - and we found no need to take any public transit at all during our stay. Much it is also pedestrianized so transport has to take somewhat convoluted routes. If one has mobility challenges (do you?) then transport might be necessary but it's a city I highly recommend seeing on foot.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you for your responses. No mobility issues. Car will be parked at the Piazalle Michelangelo so I am just trying to map out the best route for our day. It looks like we will be walking as this seems the most logical way to get around. Kind Regards!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

Ah, the view from Piazalle Michelangelo is wonderful! Do take the time to climb the steps up to San Miniato al Monte after you've parked? It's a wonderful church with an interesting cemetery:

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Yes, Florence is a terrific city to walk as you'll be able to explore a lot of tight little streets and corners where vehicles can't go. Lot of fun architecture along the way!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

I might add something else to consider? If your trip is soon - meaning this month or during the winter - you might give the gardens a 2nd thought? Daylight is going to be short, and there are so many things to see if you've only one day. The gardens are OK if you have time but they are vast, and probably a better choice during the warmer months. Do not expect flowers - they're not that sort of 'garden' - as they have few of those even in spring and summer.

The Uffizi is going to eat up some time, if you're an art lover, and there are other attractions I'd recommend instead of the gardens if time is limited.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you...we will walk! Kind Regards.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Hello. Trip is next week. The Uffizi is part of an organized tour and ends at 2 pm. As far as the gardens, I am more interested in statuary. We will be heading back to our car when the tour is over, so going over to the Boboli Gardens makes sense since our car will be parked at Piazalle Michelangelo. I think we will also stop at the San Miniato Basilica and cemetery as per your suggestion, although I am trying to find hours (that I can understand!). I have sent them an email. Thank you for your help...it is much appreciated!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Sacramento

Even in November the gardens are pleasant and some of the views of Florence from the gardens are magnificent. I would go through and up just for the views. Here's a photo from part way up. [original VT link]

Enjoy Florence. It's beautiful and incredibly interesting.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Minneapolis

The church's winter visiting hours are:

http://www.sanminiatoalmonte.it/orari

9:30-1:00 (13:00) and 3:00 (15:00) - 7:00 (19:00) Monday - Saturday

8:15 -13:00, and 15:00 - 19:00 Sunday

Try to avoid visiting during mass unless you care to hear it:

Sunday: 10:00, 11:30, 17:30 (the 17:30 mass is Latin/Gregorian chant, and said to be lovely)

Weekdays: 17:30 (also Latin/Gregorian Chant)




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Walking is indeed essential and, in this instance, it would be daft to do anything else...especially as the route passes over the Ponte Vecchio!

But don't buy your garden tickets at the main Pitti Palace entrance. You'll almost certainly be stuck in a queue for the palace itself. Just keep walking and about 5 minutes' later, on the same side of the road, you'll find the gardens entrance. There won't be a queue there and you won't waste time waiting.

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If you then want to return to Piazza Michelangiolo and the wonderful San Miniato (if you haven't see it when you parked) it might be a good idea to catch bus 12, which stops not too far away from the gardens entrance (see info below). It saves you a slog on foot up the hill and, given that it's November, that won't be much fun in the failing light anyway.

You can find bus timetables and routes in English on the official Florence bus website:

ataf.net/en/timetables-and-r...

In Italy, you can't usually buy tickets on the bus though I suspect you may be able to do so in Florence. It is certainly possible on route 7, up to Fiesole...though tickets cost more than buying them in the normal manner, which is to get them from a newsagent or 'Tabacchi' (shops licensed to sell tobacco products, with a big T on signs outside). tickets for within-town journeys are not form place to place: they are just for a length of time.

You must validate (date-stamp) your ticket when you board the bus, using the machine by the driver. Doing that means the inspector knows that you are not using an invalid ticket (inspectors can and do board and check tickets at any time, and issue on-the-spot fines).




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Wonderful advice. So, if I stop in a Tabacchi shop while in Florence center and purchase the tickets, then once I am done touring Boboli Gardens, walk to Porta Romana bus stop for the 16:32 train headed towards Piazalle Michelangelo and get off at the #22 stop to see The Basilica of San Miniato (and validating on the bus)...does this sound ok?? I appreciate the guidance as I have never taken a bus before (let alone in another country).




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Thank you for this information. I think we will be there for the Latin/Gregorian Chant which interests me very much! Thank you!




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

> So, if I stop in a Tabacchi shop while in Florence center and purchase the tickets, then once I am done touring Boboli Gardens, walk to Porta Romana bus stop for the 16:32 train headed towards Piazalle Michelangelo and get off at the #22 stop to see The Basilica of San Miniato (and validating on the bus)...does this sound ok?

Yes, though I think you mean the 1632 bus?

Just don't expect buses to be exactly on time (trains usually are but not buses). Get to the stop at least 5 minutes before one is due, preferably 10, and don't be surprised if you have to wait a bit. It's in the nature of buses everywhere that they can get stuck in traffic etc.

Asking for 'Uno biglietto per autobus, per favore' (or, for 2 people, 'due biglietti') should do the trick, even if it's not 100% accurate. Write it down on a bit of paper beforehand if you feel funny about saying it (though, in Florence, the person who serves you may well speak sufficient English anyway). Note that not *all* newsagents or tabacchi sell bus tickets so be prepared to try more than one. If you see an ATAF sticker in the window you'll know for certain that they sell them.

When I first visited San Miniato I knew nothing about the monks' singing plainsong in the evening (on the same spot they have sung it for over 1000 years). It was a totally unexpected and magical experience: a real 'shivers down the spine' job. Wonderful and...imo..entirely unmissable.

:-)




answered by
a VirtualTourist member

Yes! Bus. Ugh. Thank you!!




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

Remember that central historical Florence is well-used to having hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world year-round. It's set up for visitors and it will all be easier than you think. :-)

Just be *very* careful not to accidentally drive into the city centre restricted traffic zone (ZTL). It is monitored by CCTV, fines are automatic and will be taken from your credit card, via the hire company, sometimes several months later (with admin fees added). Most (all?) Italian cities now have ZTLs, as do many towns and even villages. Many are monitored by CCTV, some by traffic wardens or police.

Florence's ZTL is clearly signed:

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These sites have more info (and maps):

accessibilitacentristorici.i...

visitflorence.com/tourist-in...





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