Medical facilities in Florence are adequate for any emergencies that may arise. All public hospitals are operated by the National Health Service. Medical facilities are available, but may be limited outside urban areas.
Public hospitals sometimes do not maintain the same standards as many international hospitals, so travelers are encouraged to obtain insurance that would cover a stay in a private Italian hospital or clinic.
No specific vaccinations are required to visit Florence. However, it's best to make sure you are up to date with your basic inoculations such as tetanus and hepatitis.
Many of the staff and doctors are bilingual and may speak English. If you simply feel ill, there are pharmacies located all over the city, many of which are open 24 hours. Pharmacists (farmacia) are qualified to give advice on minor ailments and to dispense prescriptions.
Hospital: Ospedale S. Maria Nuova, Piazza S. Maria Nuova, 1 Tel: 055 27581
Emergency services: 133