Ostello Archi Rossi

A room at the Ostello Archi Rossi Hostel, Florence
A room at the Archi Rossi Hostel, Florence

The best and most central hostel in Florence

The official HI hostel in Florence is waaaay out on the edge of town. That's why I prefer the Archi Rossi.

It's right on Florence's main drag of cheap hotels near the train station, making it for a far more central and fantastic value.

Bunks in shared dorms sleeping 4–6 (some mixed, some female only) cost €18–€23 per person.

Private rooms (sleeping 3–5) start at €55.

Plus, the walls of the public areas are slathered with shockingly bad murals. Plus there's a garden.

The Archi Rossi is not quite as nice as the staid Istituto Gould across the Arno (another good hostel choice)—but it's a lot more fun, is closer to the major sights, and comes loaded with freebies.

The Archi Rossi hotel offers free Internet (with public computers not only in the lobby but in the rooms) and free WiFi 24/7.

Want more? How about FREE FOOD! Yes, there is a free breakfast, including omlettes and scrambled eggs. In the off season (Dec. 29–Mar 31) they sometimes even lay out free pasta, pizza, and salad from 6pm to 8:30pm on every day but Saturday.

They even run free walking tours of Florence from 10am to noon—the tour covers the historic center one day, the Oltrarno the next.

They've even eliminated the old curfew (which once nearly caught me out late and caused me to cut short a dinner with a bona fide princess, but that's another story...). There is, however, still a cleaning lock-out period of the rooms daily from 10am to 2:30pm.

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Via Faenza 94r
(San Lorenzo / Train station)
tel. +39-055-290-804

Bus: 81; 50/G
Hop-on/hop-off: Indipendenza (B); Stazione FS SMN (A,B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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English (Inglese) Italian (Italiano) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Good day Buon giorno bwohn JOUR-noh
Good evening Buona sera BWOH-nah SAIR-rah
Good night Buona notte BWOH-nah NOTE-tay
Goodbye Arrivederci ah-ree-vah-DAIR-chee
Excuse me (to get attention) Scusi SKOO-zee
thank you grazie GRAT-tzee-yay
please per favore pair fa-VOHR-ray
yes si see
no no no
Do you speak English? Parla Inglese? PAR-la een-GLAY-zay
I don't understand Non capisco non ka-PEESK-koh
I'm sorry Mi dispiace mee dees-pee-YAT-chay
Where is? Dov'é doh-VAY
...a hotel un albergo oon al-BEAR-go
...a B&B un bed-and-breakfast oon bet hand BREK-fust
...a rental room un'affittacamera oon ah-feet-ah-CAH-mair-ra
...an apartment for rent un appartamento oon ah-part-tah-MENT-toh
...a farm stay un agriturismo oon ah-gree-tour-EES-moh
...a hostel un ostello oon oh-STEHL-loh
How much is...? Quanto costa? KWAN-toh COST-ah
a single room una singola OO-nah SEEN-go-la
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] doppia uso singola DOPE-pee-ya OO-so SEEN-go-la
a double room with two beds una doppia con due letti OO-nah DOPE-pee-ya cone DOO-way LET-tee
a double room with one big bed una matrimoniale OO-nah mat-tree-moan-nee-YAAL-lay
triple room una tripla OO-nah TREE-plah
with private bathroom con bagno cone BAHN-yoh
without private bathroom senza bagno [they might say con bagno in comune—"with a communal bath"] SEN-zah BAHN-yoh
for one night per una notte pair OO-nah NOH-tay
for two nights per due notti pair DOO-way NOH-tee
for three nights per tre notti pair tray NOH-tee
Is breakfast included? É incluso la prima colazione? ay in-CLOO-soh lah PREE-mah coal-laht-zee-YOAN-nay
Is there WiFi? C'é WiFi? chay WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Posso vedere la camera? POH-soh veh-DAIR-eh lah CAH-mair-rah
That's too much É troppo ay TROH-po
Is there a cheaper one? C'é una più economica? chay OO-nah pew eh-ko-NO-mee-kah
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Ostello Archi Rossi

Via Faenza 94r
(San Lorenzo / Train station)
tel. +39-055-290-804

Bus: 81; 50/G; 51PQF
Hop-on/hop-off: Indipendenza (B); Stazione FS SMN (A,B), Piazza Stazione (C)

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  • Car resources
  • Emergency service/tow: tel. 803-116
  • Highway agency: Autostrade.it (traffic info, serivce areas, toll calculator, weather)
  • Italian automotive club (~AAA): Aci.it
  • ZTLs: Ztl-italia.blogspot.com (lightly outdated, but handy, links to cities' traffic-free zones)
  • Transport Florence—Livorno cruise terminal
  • Viator.com (private car: 90 min, €40–€260)
  • Trenitalia.com (train: 68–100 min, €9.10) + Livorno port-station transfer (€1 bus; €20–€30 taxi)


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