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Considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Florence (Italy) is one of the most spectacular cities to behold. It was once the home of world-renowned artists such as Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli and Dante Alighieri. If you rent a car in this city, you could get to and from the galleries and museums of these great artists and visit the many cathedrals, such as the Duomo of Florence, with time to spare and giving you even more freedom to enjoy yourself.

Hiring a Car from Florence Airport (FLR)

Florence Airport (FLR) is also known as the Amerigo Vespucci Airport after the locally born explorer who identified the New World. (History fact: the Americas take their name from him as well.) At this airport, the car hire companies are located off-site at Palagio degli Spini. To help you get to this location, the airport provides a free shuttle bus service which runs frequently from outside of the terminal building, meaning you can be out of the airport and on the road in a jiffy.

Hiring a Car in Florence

There are a number of car rental companies operating in Florence with many located along, or just off of, the long road of Borgo Ognissanti. You will find some of the globally recognised rental companies operating in this area, as well as a few local car hire businesses. To help you decide which company offers the right car at the right price for you, why not use Expedia’s easy to use booking tool and arrange your car hire in advance? You could even save some money in the process.

Popular Driving Routes

There are so many things to see and do in and around Florence, and with a car you can see and do even more, like take a road trip to Siena. This amazing city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, like Florence, is also famous for its architecture, arts and museums. To get there, with a journey time of one hour and twenty minutes, take the Raccordo Autostradale Firenze–Siena (motorway junction 3).

Another fantastic road trip is the journey to Pisa and its iconic Leaning Tower. There are two routes, one via the stunning city of Lucca along the A11 and E76 and another via the quaint towns of Empoli and Pontedera. Both take just under one and a half hours. Enjoy.

Attractions to Visit by Car

For the art lovers out there, you cannot miss a trip to two of the most important art museums in the world: the Uffizi Gallery, which houses Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, and the Accademia Gallery, which is the home of Michelangelo’s David. If you want some truly stunning photographs, take the short drive to Giardino Bardini (the Bardini Garden) and explore its surrounds. Positioned on a hilltop, this garden provides quite possibly the best views of Florence. The beautiful Boboli Gardens and the Belvedere fortification are also nearby, so you can take even more superb photographs to wow your friends back home.