Your stay in the heart of Florence

Canto degli Aranci is at the heart of Santa Croce, one of the historic quarters of Florence. The area sprang up in the 13th century on what was then the ‘Isola dell’Arno’, formed by two branches of the river, and is now Piazza Santa Croce. The Franciscan Basilica stands on the square and here, for more than five centuries, the final of the Calcio storico fiorentino tournament has been played, with the four quarters of the city competing against each other. All around the Basilica is a web of streets, with their original names describing the history of the neighbourhood and its inhabitants. The area is dotted with aristocratic palazzos, tiny museums containing incredible masterpieces, and artisan workshops that continue the skilled crafts traditions of the past.

Getting here is easy

from the station

SIf you’re arriving from Santa Maria Novella train station you can reach us:


We’re around 1.5 km from the station, about a 20-minute walk.
From the square in front of the station (on the side with the taxi stands) walk to Piazza dell’Unità Italiana and then Via Panzani. Keep walking along Via de’ Cerretain until you get to Piazza del Duomo. From here, continue on the right of the Duomo then turn right onto Via del Proconsolo then left onto Via Ghibellina. You’ll reach the crossroads with Via Verdi: now turn right and we’re at number 5.


the fare is around 10-15 euros


Canto degli Aranci is just 10.5 km from the closest airport, Amerigo Vespucci Florence Airport. From there you can reach us in less than 30 minutes

  • Tramway (there is a stop near the airport terminal);
  • Taxi (area in front of the airport);
  • Private hire – chauffeur-driven car;
  • Car (the hire car offices are on Via Palagio degli Spini, which can be reached from the airport by a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes).

For further information on opening hours and prices please visit the Florence airport website. .

The Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport is around 60 minutes away and you can get to us by:

  • Bus, which will take you to one of the first stops on the tramway;
  • Taxi (the taxi stand is opposite the airport on the arrivals side);
  • Private hire – chauffeur-driven car;
  • Car (the hire car offices are just 500 metres, a short walk from the airport).

For further information on opening hours and prices please visit the Pisa airport website.


Canto degli Aranci is situated within the ‘ZTL’ (restricted traffic zone) in the centre of Florence. Cars are only allowed to enter the ZTL if they are headed for a private carpark or garage (on-street parking is forbidden). The garage manager will send your car registration number to the City Council. This service (which prevents you from getting a fine) costs €1 in addition to the parking fee.

To reach Canto degli Aranci by car, you must take the A1 motorway. The best exit is Firenze Sud.

Once you’re in the city, you must enter through the electronic gates on Piazza Cavalleggeri/Corso Tintori and drive along Corso Tintori for 250 metres; at the traffic light, turn right onto Via de’ Benci and continue for 180 metres; after Piazza Santa Croce, continue on Via Verdi for around 80 metres and we are at number 5.
PLEASE NOTE! The section of Via de’ Benci between Lungarno alle Grazie and Corso Tintori is open to public transport only.