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The 10 Best Hostels in Florence, Italy (Updated 2023)

Lewis Ogden
Last Updated: August 7th, 2023

Taking a vacation is an enriching experience, especially when traveling abroad. You get to see new sights, meet new people, and experience the ordinary in a brand new way every time.

With this in mind, have you ever thought about visiting the city of Florence, Italy? If not, you really should. It’s for good reason this gem of a city receives millions of tourists each year.

TL;DR

A great hostel makes all the difference in the world. And that is why we’ve compiled a list of the best hostels in Florence, Italy.

Visiting Florence

With a population of around 383,000 people, Florence is a trendy city for travelers to visit. The Arno River runs through the city lends serene beauty to the picturesque views.

An average of about 16 million people visit Florence every year, a vast majority of people visiting the city between April and September.

In Florence, there is a little bit for everyone to enjoy, no matter where you come from. Take a walk through the Florence cathedral, where the inspiration for the domed cathedral was the history of the Roman Pantheon.

Or stroll along the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge rebuilt in 1345 after the original bridge flooded. Lined with shops, the Ponte Vecchio is a very popular place for visitors to Florence.

While there are many popular options for things to do in Florence, some visitors opt to visit the local hangouts rather than the mainstream tourist attractions.

This can lead to a unique way of experiencing the city in all its splendor. Catching brunch with the locals and hanging around cafes makes an already exciting experience even more incredible.

Experiencing local cuisines and interacting with the general public could lead to the trip of a lifetime.

The 10 Best Hostels In Florence

During their stay in Florence, many visitors stay in a hostel, a resting place for travelers, and so much more. Hostels provide various helpful services to travelers such as lower lodging and food costs, as well as close proximity to the best local attractions.

  1. Bassetto Guesthouse
  2. Hostel Santa Monica
  3. PLUS Florence
  4. My Friends
  5. Ostello Del Bigallo
  6. Hotel Ungherese
  7. Hotel Veneto
  8. Piccolo Hotel
  9. Hotel Emma
  10. ‘RE-Dama Hostel

1. Bassetto Guesthouse

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Formerly the home of a convent of Benedictine monks who welcomed traveling pilgrims, the Bassetto Guesthouse was opened in 1998 by a family with the same hospitality ideals as the monks. To offer a place to rest for travelers.

It is located in Certaldo, Tuscany, a region as beautiful as it is memorable with local vineyards, olive groves, and medieval towns. The Bassetto Guesthouse is perfect if you need a break from the busy city life during your stay in Florence.

Boasting activities such as a fresh pasta cooking class taught by local chefs, this hostel has dorms and rooms available for checkout. The dorms and rooms are separate each with its own kitchen and common area.

A 1-hour train trip to Florence, the Bassetto Guesthouse provides free drop-offs and pickups from the Certaldo train station (subject to availability).

With a 2-day cancellation policy, this hostel is primarily English-speaking and child-friendly. While there is no curfew the reception desk is only open from 8:30 am through 11 am and from 5 pm to 8 pm. You are expected to check in between 5 and 8 pm, and check out by 10 am.

2. Hostel Santa Monica

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As one of the oldest hostels in Florence, the Hostel Santa Monica has been running for 40+ years this location is an ex-convent of the 15th century.

With lots of unique history, there are music events hosted in the annexed church that you might get lucky enough to attend. Most of the city’s museums and monuments are within walking distance of the Hostel Santa Monica and the train station, making travel to and from other cities more accessible.

The Hostel Santa Monica offers many services and amenities, such as air conditioning, free internet access, free bed linens, city maps, towels, and padlocks.

There is an on-site full guest kitchen available for use, as well as an outdoor terrace. If you are worried about security, worry no more, as there are security guards on staff overnight.

You can check in anytime from 6 am to 2 am and check-out is expected by 10:30 am on your expected date. Credit cards are accepted at this place of business.

At this hostel, there is a curfew from 3 am through 6 am and a 48-hour cancellation policy. Feel free to utilize all the amenities and have fun.

3. PLUS Florence

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PLUS Florence, located in Via Santa Catarina D’Allesandria 15, is a luxury hostel with many extra amenities for those staying in their female-only rooms.

In the center of Florence, PLUS Florence is a cozy homely environment you will surely enjoy.

Feel free to spend time in the on-site swimming pool, or if swimming isn’t your thing, there is an on-site bar, restaurant, and panoramic terrace.

Not sure you want to go out today? There are flat-screen televisions in every room, as well as free wifi. Their spacious rooms provide the comfort of home with a private reading lamp, bed linens, fleece blankets, pillows, and a storage locker with every bed.

The mixed and shared dorms can host up to 8 people at any time, and all rooms have a shower.

If you are a girl traveling alone or in a group of other girls, PLUS Florence is the perfect place for you with its female-only rooms.

Sleeping up to 8 people at once, the PLUS Florence female-only rooms have larger bathrooms, a vanity table with a mirror, large fluffy towels, and hair dryers. As a bonus, the bed comes with a complimentary welcome cosmetic pack.

Hopefully, you will enjoy your stay at the PLUS Florence just as much as one reviewer who said his stay at the hostel was excellent, with a great ambiance.

He claimed that the staff was very knowledgeable and kind and that the bathrooms were always clean (if you have ever been to a hostel before you know this is not always the case).

4. My Friends

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Located in Via Faenza 66, Florence, Italy, My Friends boasts a calm non-party environment for travelers who want to experience Florence but not the all-night scene.

A very homey hostel where you can go to relax and relieve the stress and pressures of the day, perfect for those who are out all day and want to get a good night’s sleep every night of their stay. With a 24-hour cancellation policy that is 1-2 days less than most hostels require.

You can check in from 2 pm to 7 pm but after 7 pm your room may have been given away. Checkout is anytime at or before 10:30 am.

Before attempting to check in, make sure you have the cost in cash, My Friends takes credit cards but has a preference for cash payments. My Friends is a non-smoking hostel with no curfew and free wifi throughout the building, and free all-day luggage storage.

My Friends hostel is perfect for those travelers who plan to be out all day exploring the nearby cities and seeing the sights.

Those who plan to return to the hostel long enough to sleep and shower with minimal downtime in their itineraries.

5. Ostello Del Bigallo – Bigallo Hostel

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The Bigallo Hostel was formerly a monastery dating back to the 13th century called Antico Spedale del Bigallo.

This hostel is very homey, with multiple different types of rooming options. Check-in is from 4 pm through 10 pm, and checkout is at or before 10:30 pm.

Stay in the dormitories if you have a group of people. With two dormitories, one sleeping 5, and the other sleeping 8 there are plenty of places to sleep.

Each bed in a dormitory offers its own storage space, with locks available upon request at check-in. Each dormitory contains a shared bathroom with a shower. However, towels are not included in your rate.

There are 20 alcoves, and each alcove has 2 single beds. This is by far one of the most unique features of the Bigallo Hostel.

Private rooms are another option available for sleeping arrangements; with a private bathroom and shower, you can request one or more single beds to be added to the room. Sheets, towels, and a daily cleaning service all are included in the private rooms.

Keep in mind, this is a non-smoking hostel with a 1-day cancellation policy. Also, breakfast is included in your rate and served from 8 am to 10 am every morning.

6. Hotel Ungherese

A charming property in the hills filled with Tuscan furniture and paintings.

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A family-run hostel with free internet access and an idyllic outdoor terrace, Hotel Ungherese offers a slice of the authentic Tuscan lifestyle. It’s only minutes from the bustling city center of Florence, nestled in the hilly neighborhood of San Gervasio.

Within the hostel, you’ll find typical romantic Tuscan décor that will complete your trip to Florence, along with several convenient amenities, including luggage storage, a tour and travel desk, air-conditioning, cable TV, and best of all, free breakfast.

This is a particularly good location for solo female travelers, and solo travelers in general, as there is 24-hour security on the premises, along with private rooms and bathrooms available.

7. Hotel Veneto

An historic establishment in a premium location.

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Just 200 meters from the iconic Duomo di Firenze, Hotel Veneto offers one of the best locations in Florence. This hostel is just a five-minute walk from the Fortezza da Basso Congress Center, along with several other dining and entertainment establishments in Central Florence.

Set in a historic 19th-century building, the hostel is attached to an authentic Tuscan restaurant where you can sample the best of simple local delicacies, plus a delicious breakfast every day (at an extra cost).

Despite the historic setting, every room at the hostel is equipped with modern air-conditioning and a safe to house your belongings. With family rooms available, this is a great option for families with kids.

8. Piccolo Hotel

Central and known for its welcoming, knowledgeable staff.

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Piccolo Hotel is highly rated on Hostel World for its fantastic staff and location. Situated in the convenient San Marco area, the hostel is just 10 minutes from the train station at Florence Santa Maria Novella.

This is another child-friendly property, although there’s no curfew for those who want to enjoy the nightlife that Florence has to offer. Every room is spacious and recently renovated, with air-conditioning and Wi-Fi.

Free breakfast and late checkout are offered here, and there are also vending machines on the property, which are great for grabbing snacks and drinks on the go. Linen and towels are included to make your stay even more convenient.

9. Hotel Emma

A cozy “home away from home” with private bathrooms and free breakfast.

Hotel-Emma

Called “beautiful” and “relaxing” by recent guests, Hotel Emma specializes in traditional Tuscan hospitality.

With the ambiance of a “home away from home,” the property offers personalized rooms, a terrace decked in greenery, and a communal breakfast hall where you can pick up some free breakfast before heading out to explore the city.

All the rooms at the property have their own bathroom, along with television and air-conditioning. With triple rooms available, it’s a great establishment for groups of three or small families.

Hotel Emma is a close distance to several museums in the city center of Florence and serves as the perfect cozy refuge to retreat back to after a long day of sightseeing.

10. ‘RE-Dama Hostel

Clean and spacious modern rooms with desk space for digital nomads and business travelers.

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RE-Dama Hostel Image by: Booking.com

Close to the Fortezza da Basso Convention Center and the Santa Maria Novella train station, ‘RE-Dama Hostel offers family rooms with several convenient amenities.

A balcony adds a lavish touch to every room, while private bathrooms give guests more comfort and privacy than your standard hostel.

Buffet breakfast in the continental or English/Irish style is available every day at an extra cost, while staff are friendly and knowledgeable in several European languages.

The clean and spacious rooms offer views over the terracotta roofs of Florence and also provide desk space for studying and working.

FAQ About Hostels In Florence

What is the best hostel to stay in Florence near the Duomo di Firenze?

If the Duomo di Firenze is on your Florence bucket list (and it should be!), two of the best places to stay are Hotel Veneto and Piccolo Hotel. Respectively, they are 10 and nine-minute walks from the cathedral.

Additionally, these two properties are located close to other central landmarks, restaurants, shops, and transport services that you may want or need during your visit.

Notably, both establishments are less than a 15-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella train station. However, your travel time may increase if you are dragging heavy suitcases on the cobblestone streets!

What are the best hostels in Florence for solo travelers?

Any of the hostels on this list are great options for solo travelers. The communal nature of hostels in general makes them better choices for solo travelers than regular hotels.

If you’re a solo traveler who wants to get to know other travelers and sleep in a dorm, then PLUS Florence, with its mixed and shared rooms, My Friends, and Ostello del Bigallo would be the top options.

However, if you’d like to stay in a private room while on your own, any of the other hostels offer private spaces.

How much are hostels in Florence?

Exact prices of hostels in Florence vary from property to property, however most prices are generally in the medium range. You can expect to pay around €30 a night for a bed in a dorm, while private rooms will set you back a little more.

Keep in mind that there’s an additional €2 per night city tax which is charged on top of the listed price for a bed in Florence.

What's the best neighborhood to stay in when visiting Florence?

Florence is home to a handful of neighborhoods that serve as great places in which to base yourself, so choosing one comes down to your specific Florence itinerary.

Staying in the city center is likely going to be the most convenient option if you want to explore the city’s main attractions, however this also tends to attract the highest prices.

If you’re coming into Florence via train, one of the best places to stay is Santa Maria Novella, near the train station. Otherwise, you can find points of interest in the San Frediano and Santo Spirito areas, San Nicolo and Piazzale Michelangelo, and of course, San Lorenzo and San Marco.

Where should I stay in Florence for the first time?

If you’re traveling to Florence for the first time, then your best bet is staying in the city center.
You’ll undoubtedly want to see attractions such as the Duomo di Firenze and the Uffizi and Bargello galleries, and experience the best of Florentine nightlife, shopping, and dining, so you can’t go wrong with staying central.
Though it can be crowded and expensive (especially if you plan on traveling in summer), it’s a bucket list experience that everyone should tick off at least once!

Where should you not stay in Florence?

Florence is generally very safe — though all travelers should keep their wits about them, no matter where they’re traveling to.

There aren’t any “dangerous” areas that you should avoid staying in all together for safety reasons, though staying in areas that aren’t central may make your trip a hassle.

If your goal is to see the sights of Florence rather than rural Tuscany, stay within the central neighborhoods surrounding the center, including San Lorenzo, San Marco, Santa Maria Novella, Santa Croce, Sant’Ambrogio, Santissima Annunziata, San Frediano, Santo Spirito, San Niccolò and Piazzale Michelangelo.

A Final Word About Hostels In Florence

Florence is not only beautiful and mysterious but it is also a once-in-a-lifetime journey that you are sure to look back on for the rest of your days.

That said, our list of the best hostels in Florence should help you select the best lodging option for your trip to Italy.

No matter what you choose to do while visiting Florence, or which of the hostels you choose to stay at, remember above all else to stay safe and enjoy your trip!

About The Author

Lewis Ogden

Lewis Ogden is a UK-based entrepreneur, travel enthusiast, dad, husband, and the founder and owner of WayToStay. He started his blog to share his own travel experiences and provide free EPIC travel guides. He caught the travel bug back in 2009 on a trip to Italy with his wife and has visited many different countries each year since. In 2018 he took an island-hopping trip to Greece (who doesn't love Greek food!) and loved the experience which made him eager to explore the rest of Europe!

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