Florence, also commonly referred to as Firenze, is the capital city of the Tuscany region in Italy and is one of the country’s top tourist destinations. In fact, the Italian city welcomes an average of 16 million tourists every year, making it among Europe’s most visited cities. Its popularity should not come as a surprise; Florence is widely accepted as the birthplace of the Renaissance and is home to some of Italy’s most famous attractions and landmarks.
From world-class museums and galleries to grand buildings and architecture, there’s an abundance of things to see and do in this epic Italian city.
But what if you’re all museum-ed out and want to try something new? If you’re looking for something more adventurous and off-the-beaten-path, don’t fret because you need not look far; camping is an activity that’s getting more and more popular in the city among both locals and tourists. This is evident with the sudden rise in the number of campsites in and near Florence that offer lots of opportunities for outdoor fun and adventure.
Below, we’ve listed some of our top picks on where to go camping when in Florence. (Pro tip: to avoid any inconvenience, leave the items that you don’t need with you at a luggage storage locker before heading out to the campsite).
Located in the stunning Florentine hills and just 5 kilometers south of the city center, the Camping Village Internazionale Firenze is one of the most prominent campsites in Florence due to its accessibility and proximity to the city. The campsite, which is open from March to October, has a well-shaded site where their pitches are located.
Guests may bring their own tents and camper vans or rent from the available on-site accommodation. There are also plenty of amenities available for use, including washing machines, dryers, a kitchen for cooking as well as two swimming pools. If you don’t feel like preparing your own meal, there’s a restaurant and pizzeria in the area where you can grab a bite as well as a bar for some drinks after. The Camping Village Internazionale is a top choice if you don’t want to go too far from the city but want to experience the outdoor life.
Camping Il Sergente is a 3-star campsite found in Mugello and is the perfect choice for travelers who are looking for a serene time spent in the outdoors. The campsite is situated on the Tosco-Emiliano Apennines at an altitude of 780 meters, treating campers to picturesque views and the chance to literally sleep under the stars.
The grounds for camping have plenty of pitches where guests can set up their outdoor homes; there are also available apartments and mobile homes for those who prefer to rent. Other amenities include a pool, fireplace, television, and a playground. There is also plenty of space where guests can engage in various sports and activities. Not too far from the site are other essential establishments such as a mini-market, restaurant, and a bar.
Situated in Futa Pass in Firenzuola, Florence, this tiny but charming campsite is another excellent choice when you’re planning a camping trip from the city. The campsite is found in the beautiful Tuscan hills at 900 meters above sea level and has more than the basic amenities that one needs for the ultimate camping trip. Enjoy varied pitches (shaded and non-shaded) for those who want to set up camp. It’s also possible to rent out an apartment or a mobile home.
The campsite also features an outdoor swimming pool with a water slide, numerous cycling paths, a WiFi area, and a pizzeria in case you do not want to make your own food during your stay. Pet lovers will also be delighted to know that dogs are allowed in the campsite as long as they are kept on a lead.
Located ideally on the stunning Chianti hillside, just between the Italian cities of Florence and Sienna, is the Norcenni Girasole Village and Club, which is a campsite and resort all in one. There’s plenty to love about this camping resort as it allows you to enjoy and get a feel for the outdoors without sacrificing luxury, comfort and convenience.
Norcenni boasts several high-quality amenities and facilities, including two water parks, five swimming pools, a spa and wellness center, areas for sports, and even a nightclub and disco. If you are camping with children, they will also appreciate the treetop adventure course found within the site. Campers may take their own tents, camper vans or mobile homes with them or book any of the accommodations that Norcenni offers, including bungalows, apartments and mobile homes. Occasionally, the campsite organizes some fun activities such as cooking classes and open-air film showings.
5. Firenze Camping in Town
As its name suggests, this campsite isn’t too far from town and is great for those who want to explore Florence. Firenze Camping in Town is found along the banks of Arno River in Rovezzano, just 5 kilometers away from the city center, making it a top choice for campers who do not want to venture too far out of the city.
The campsite is open all year round and has a 24-hour reception. The camping grounds have multiple pitches for tents and camper vans and many are equipped with water and electricity. They also offer accommodation that can accommodate all types of guests – from solo travelers to couples and families. They also have urban tents for those who want to experience “glamping”, which is essentially camping in luxury.
Firenze Camping in Town has an array of amenities available for use to the campers. These include dedicated cycling routes (with bike rental), two swimming pools, a lagoon, a supermarket, an open-air gym, and a restaurant-brewery. The site also goes beyond just providing camping needs; they also offer different fun activities that guests may engage in, including wine tasting, cooking classes, truffle picking, horseback riding, and even guided tours of Florence and other nearby cities.