Despite wanting to visit Florence for years and years, when I booked my trip to Italy I only arranged for two nights in the historic city. And just to do things a little different, instead of booking a hostel in downtown Florence, I opted for a campsite on the outskirts of the city. Well, Camping Michelangelo wasn’t actually very far from the main sites in Florence. The campsite is on the hill where Piazzale Michelangelo is—about a 4 minute walk from Florence’s best spot to watch the sunset (see the photo above as evidence).
Camping in Florence was not something I ever imagined doing, and while I’m a fan of the occasional camping excursion, luckily Florence’s most popular campsite was full of luxury. It’s on the side of a hill and with a large bathroom area (I never had to queue), things were quite easy and comfortable.
While there are plenty of spaces to pitch a tent or park your campervan, PLUS Camping Michelangelo also accommodates backpackers by offering spacious three-person house tents which include beds, blankets & pillows. You can even book a tent as either private or shared. I didn’t have any problem with security and didn’t even use the security lockers which were located up by reception.
The most challenging part of staying at this hostel was the transport connection. Though there were public buses which stopped outside the campsite, it was quite a far walk back to the hostel at night if you missed your bus. It took about 20 minutes to walk from the hostel to the Duomo depending upon the pedestrian tourist traffic! Thankfully it’s all downhill, but coming back it was allll uphill.
Quick hostel review
- Beautiful location near Piazzale Michelangelo
- Friendly and social atmosphere at the terrace bar (and with a great view, too!)
- Grocery store on-site with cheap drinks and food
- Laundry machines available 24/7
- 20 minute walk+ to the main tourist sites
- WiFi wasn’t free and only came in 1-hour increments
- No power outlets in dorm rooms, only in the bar & lockers which were only big enough for a mobile phone
Special thanks to Hostelworld & PLUS Camping Michelangelo for my 2-night camping trip in Florence.