Florence is one of the most magical cities in Italy and so, unsurprisingly, it attracts digital nomads from far and wide. Famous for its Renaissance-era architecture, chic boutique stores, Tuscan restaurants, magnificent churches, museums and art galleries, Florence welcomes visitors with the epitome of the Dolce Vita. With a population of around 400,000 and an enchantingly eclectic mix of neighborhoods, Florence makes the ideal home-from-home for any digital nomad.
As a traveling digital nomad, it’s vital to find a reliable internet connection and a few places to settle down to get your work done. Currently, internet speeds in Florence average about 20mbps, which is more than adequate to connect with your clients and do your online work. However, in co-working spaces, and certain cafes, you can access ultra-fast internet connections that are completely reliable and will never leave you in the lurch as a deadline looms over the horizon.
To help you navigate the digital nomad co-working scene of Florence, I’ve compiled the city’s premier, tried-and-tested locations where you can do your work in a great atmosphere.
The Social Hub is just a 5-minute walk from the Santa Maria Novella station in central Florence and provides a fantastic place to work, connect with other entrepreneurs and relax in your downtime. The Social Hub is based in a traditional palazzo that has been renovated into a hotel, student accommodation and modern co-working space that offers flexible deals for digital nomads, including day, week and monthly passes.
There are also private meeting rooms, office spaces, dedicated hot desks and other options available for digital nomads. Prices are very affordable, with a day pass starting at just 20 Euros and a flexible monthly membership starting at 115 Euros.
If you decide to stay at the hotel as well as use the co-working spaces, you can access the rooftop swimming pool, restaurant, and all of the other amenities in the hotel. However, you don’t need to be a guest to make use of the co-working space and join in with the various social and networking activities on offer. Undoubtedly one of Florence’s most dynamic co-working spaces, the Social Hub is definitely worth checking out if you’ve just arrived in the city.
If you’re looking for a private working space that’s just a stone’s throw from the historic center, the StudioIn Firenze has you covered. You can hire a private office or working space on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. The spaces are also open late, from 7 am until 11 pm each day, which means you can arrange meetings in the evening as well as during the day. Prices are very reasonable and although this might not suit all digital nomads, it’s a great option to have up your sleeve in case you need to schedule an important meeting or need some time to get your head down and do focused work in complete privacy.
With a cafe and a modular co-working space, 91C’s innovative approach to providing practical, comfortable and efficient working solutions makes this one of Florence’s important offerings for digital nomads. The lovely decor has a homey feel, the internet speed is second to none, and the tranquil environment makes it easy to be highly productive.
The exclusive co-working space has 24 fully equipped desks in a 300 square meter area, each with ergonomic seating, plug sockets and access to a multi-purpose printing station. There’s also a safe archive where you can store important documents while you’re away from your desk. If you need to arrange a meeting, there are 2 rooms to choose from which include Skype facilities and can house up to 12 people at a time.
This delightful contemporary cafe serves deliciously guilt-free healthy food, freshly squeezed fruit juices, coffee, tea, soft drinks and more. The ideal working space, with indoor and outdoor seating, for health food fanatics, but also for any digital nomad looking for a nice friendly place to work in central Florence. The staff are happy for you to settle down with your laptop if you buy a drink, or some food or snacks, every hour or so. The cafe is very popular with Expats in the city, as well as digital nomads, so if you need a plug to keep your devices charged then it’s a good idea to arrive early to grab a table next to a socket.
This beautifully whimsical cafe, bistro and shop serves a lovely range of food and snacks, coffee, teas and alcoholic drinks including a creative selection of cocktails. The coffee in La Ménagère is sourced from the legendary Ditta Artigianale, so you can be sure of the very finest brews in the city, meaning you’ll have one less thing to worry about even when your work is causing you stress. The environment is peaceful and calm, there are lots of plug sockets available, and the staff always make digital nomads feel welcome to work in a quiet corner.
This elegant, stylish and refined co-working space is dedicated to small startups, digital freelancers, consultants, photographers and digital nomads. The shared space allows you to focus on your work at an ergonomic workstation and deliver results for your clients in a fluid and dynamic way. Providing great networking opportunities, Wos in the Box also has a meeting hall and prices that won’t break the bank.
This cute and cozy cafe serves heavenly espressos and divine crepes, waffles, ice creams and sandwiches, making it the perfect spot to get out your laptop and get some serious work done. The vintage decor has a shabby chic touch and is adorned with fairy lights that look lovely, especially in the colder winter months.
The cafe has excellent WiFi and lots of plug sockets so there’s everything you need for a morning of work. It’s worth noting that the tables are quite small which means that if you need a lot of space to spread out your things, this might not be the right place for you. However, if you’re mainly working on your laptop, then it’s an ideal choice for any digital nomad in Florence.
This elegant shared working space has 16 fully equipped workstations, 2 private offices and 2 meeting rooms. OKUBO Station provides a cheap and versatile solution for digital nomads in Florence with top-quality Wi-Fi for each workstation, access to multi-purpose printing facilities and a communal food room with a refrigerator and microwave for your breaks. For an additional supplement, you can also use a large monitor, ergonomic keyboard and a top-of-the-range graphics tablet at your desk. Each meeting room also has 4 monitors, a projector, internet connections and an impressive audio system.
This cutting-edge co-working space offers digital nomads, startups and entrepreneurs an advanced working environment that is fully immersed in the Metaverse and other forms of Web3. The 6500 square meters co-working space is equipped with private and shared workstations, superb internet connections, printing facilities, meeting rooms and events spaces. This is an excellent place to connect with other digital nomads but don’t worry if you just need to focus on your projects because the working space is designed to foster concentration and measurable results.
This ultra-stylish cafe and bistro is somewhat off the beaten track but is a real gem for digital nomads. It’s entirely laptop-friendly, has plenty of plug sockets and a good, reliable internet connection. With a big garden, outdoor seating, and a comfortable indoor area with inspiring floor-to-ceiling windows, Santa Rosa is popular with local Florentines, especially at lunch, so it’s always best to arrive early to grab a table. During the summer months, Santa Rosa hosts live music and an extensive aperitivo in the garden – the ideal way to reward yourself after a long day of work.
Florence Is A Digital Nomad’s Dream City.
For many years digital nomads found themselves frustrated by the poor internet connection and the lack of co-working spaces in a city that was, in all other respects, the perfect place to live. However, in recent years, local entrepreneurs have more than made up for this lacking, and now the city boasts some of the best co-working spaces in Italy, as well as lots of cafes and bistros that welcome their regular digital nomad customers.
So if you’re been wondering where your next stopover should be, then keep Florence at the forefront of your mind. Florence is surprisingly affordable, offers an unbeatable quality of life and has all the co-working facilities that you could ever need.