New ordinance against loitering, eating and drinking in Florence streets

Six main neighborhoods and the area around the Basilica of Santo Spirito will be monitored.

Travelers to Florence should be aware of the new city-wide regulations in Florence.  In an effort to discourage gatherings for both Covid prevention and to curb assembly in popular tourist and nightlife areas of the city, Florence authorities have instated bans on loitering and citywide policies of decorum prohibiting eating and drinking in some public areas.  

The Florence city website published the new rules:

The new ordinance, in force from June 25, bans loitering and the consumption of alcoholic beverages in six areas of the historic center considered most at risk of gatherings. 

Alcohol consumption is only allowed at tables or counters of licensed establishments.

The ordinance will be enforced by local authorities from 9 pm to 6 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The six areas include:

1.      piazza Beccaria (excluded), Borgo La Croce, piazza Sant'Ambrogio, Via Pietrapiana, via Giuseppe Verdi, via dell'Agnolo, viale della Giovine Italia (excluded);

2.      piazza S. Spirito, via dei Michelozzi (taken from Piazza S. Spirito in Borgo Tegolaio), via del Presto di San Martino (stretch between Borgo Tegolaio and via de 'Coverelli), including the churchyard and the staircase of the Basilica of Santo Spirito;

3.      piazza Strozzi, via degli Anselmi, via dei Sassetti, piazza dei Davanzati, via Pellicceria, piazza di Parte Guelfa, piazza della Repubblica, via dei Brunelleschi, via di Porta Rossa (section between via Calimala and via Monalda), via Calimala (section between via di Porta Rossa and piazza della Repubblica), via dei Lamberti (stretch between via Pellicceria and via Calimala), via dei Cavalieri, via San Miniato fra le Torri;

4.      piazza Santa Croce;

5.      piazza SS Annunziata;

6.      piazza San Lorenzo.

Regulations regarding loitering will not be not implemented for:

·       waiting in queue to access public or commercial establishments,

·       crossing or passing to enter public and commercial establishments, private homes or public and private offices.

·       service staff carrying alcoholic beverages to tables and counters.

Orders of decorum around the area of the Basilica of Santo Spirito, in the churchyard overlooking Piazza S. Spirito and Via del Presto di S. Martino, as well as on the staircase below the churchyard, prohibit loitering and food and drink consumption 24 hours a day, every day.

Failure to respect regulations may result in fines from 400 to 1,000 euros.