Getting lost while wandering around your new city is a great way to get to know your surroundings. However, when you have places to go and people to see, you don't want to waste time getting where you need to go.
There are two different systems for numbering buildings in Florence-red are businesses while blue and black denote residences (but sometimes businesses as well!). If you need to go to via dell'Oche 4r, look for the red 4.
No ‘r' in the address means it's a blue or black number.
Take a taxi
Though it's tempting to flag down one of the many cabs you see careening Florence's narrow streets, you can access taxis only by calling the company directly or going to a taxi stand. To call a taxi, dial either 055/4390 or 055/4242 and say, ‘Vorrei una macchina' and state your address.
Stay on the line while the operator puts you on hold to locate a taxi for you. The operator will come back on the line and give you the name and number of the taxi as well as how many minutes until it arrives. Taxis are named after European cities, so you will hear something similar to ‘Praga 15 in tre minuti' (Prague 15 in three minutes).