Bagno A Ripoli
It was winter, cold, wet and Florence full of tourists. I had two weeks to kill before heading back to London, so figured why not get away from all the DSLR slinging visitors and see what is out of town.
I'd already made a couple of acquaintances in Florence. Antonio (an artist) and Simoné (who has an handmade ice cream shop). They are in the center.
There is quite a good bus service in the city and you can get a 24 hour pass for 5 Euros (weekly and monthly ones also exist). I looked on Goog's maps, saw Bagno A Ripoli and went to see what is there.
This is an outer suburb (different than the inner suburbs) and at the end of a bus route, south of the center. The buses have hard plastic seats, but at least there is some depth to them, so it's not totally uncomfortable.
The first thing I noticed was green. Florence center is nothing but city and hardly any trees, let alone grass. Bagno A Ripoli sits among hills, yes it's winter, but it was nice to see trees, dirt and grass.
There's not a lot here. People live in the area, there are no tourists and like most places away from the center, they do not speak English (except the guy in the chocolate shop).
I had a little wander around and ate lunch in a park (I didn't have to pay to get in - like Florence center). Seeing the bus I headed toward it, as the first drops of rain fell.
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How to get there
If you want a break from the center, head for Piazza San Marco and grab the number 31 Bus (it terminates there). Ride it across the river and take note of the numbers of the other buses at the stop. When you see a bus stop which the number 8 Bus serves, get off and grab the next 8 Bus to Bagno A Ripoli. Return trip is the reverse. Do not pay any attention to the city's Bus Website, it is out of date (Feb 2016) and routes have been changed.
Is it worth the effort?
To get away from the tourists, yes, otherwise, there's nothing there really. It's just a residential area with a main street and shops.
Apr 07, 2016