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Firenze (Florence) is a city in Italy.
North towards Bologna
Untested, but the other side of the autogrill listed for going south should have plenty of traffic going north past Firenze.
Another option: Fedcas took the train from Firenze to Pratignone (EUR 1,90, about 20 min), then it's a 5 min walk to the A1 highway (see the spot on the map). Pratignone is N-W from Florence, where A1 crosses A11, it's a big commercial area so there are lot of trucks during the working days. There's also a bus that goes out here from around the train station (no. 2?) and still operates after the trains have stopped. Can be blackrode easily.
Another great spot in this area is a big petrol station (also see map). Directions: from Pratignone station walk southward on Via di Pratignone. Turn left on Via degli Olmi, cross the bridge over the highway and turn right on Via di Limite. You will walk through a little tunnel and see a few houses on your right; after you´ve passed the last house, walk on the dirt to your right and step over a little fence to reach the highway. There´s a gap in the sound-wall through which you can get behind it (you can see it on Google street view here. Now you´re on the highway exit-road (watch out, cars drive fast here!) and there´s a fence between you and the petrol station. Turn left and just walk left for 200 m (towards the highway) to pass the fence where it ends (again, Street View is your friend, see here).
Yet another option: take a bus from the train station (Santa Maria Novella) to the airport, where the A11 highway starts. (The best option is to take the bus that goes to the airport, as there are many busy intersecting highways in the area that are difficult to cross if you don't get dropped off in the right place.) There is a petrol station on Viale Giovanni Luder, near where the highway starts (see map).
There is a good highway entrace South of Firenze, it was called Firenze Certosa but has recently been renamed as Firenze Impruneta. You can get here with bus number 36, or 37, get off at the stop 'Le Rose'. You can stand underneath a bridge, way before the usual big sign saying "No autostop". Here you can either get on the A1, the main highway running north-south, towards Rome, or get the Firenze-Siena highway.
There is a great autogrill on the A1 south-east of the city near the town of Antella, lots of cars and trucks going south. Take bus 31 or 32 from 'Piazza San Marco' to the last stop in Antella. From here you can walk about a kilometre or take bus 24 to 'Peruzzi 04.' You can see the autogrill from the 'Peruzzi 04' stop. There is a fence, but the gate was unlocked. If you choose to walk then just stay on the main road that goes through the north part of town along the A1 until you get to the autogrill (just follow the 24 route). The road doesn't have a side walk, but there isn't much traffic. You'll go up a hill as you exit the town, the autogrill is at the top of the hill. If you want to go north there is also an autogrill on the other side of the A1 here. There is a road that takes you under the A1 to the other side. Trewge found a ride to Rome almost instantly.
Another option: see "going North" paragraph to reach the A1 (hitchhiking for the lanes in the opposite direction of course).
When hitchhiking to Pisa, try to go by motorway Firenze-Mare, which you can reach by going to the airport. Don't go by the federal road, there are no petrol stations and lots of "No autostop" signs.
From the train station Santa Maria Novela, get on the tram line T1 in the direction of "Villa Costanza" (you can't go in the wrong direction anyway, the train station is the beginning/end of the line). Get out at "Talenti" stop (just before the tram goes underground). Go on your left (when going out of the tram) and reach the roundabout. There starts the highway to Pisa-Livorno called "Viale Etruria" at this point (becoming SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno a few hundreds meters away). You can try to hitch hike from the roundabout or try at the petrol station further on the road, about 15 minutes by foot from the roundabout where you will catch more traffic.
(I waited about one hour at the entrance of the gas station, trying to stop cars. Finally decided to go towards people at the petrol station and got a direct lift to France after 5 minutes. Since vehicles are approaching quickly at the petrol station, I would recommend either asking people at the petrol station or standing at the roundabout next to "Talenti" because it seems hard to be able to stop cars coming at rather high speed with no intention of stopping for petrol). (Anne-laure June 2013)
(I waited at petrol station at Viale Etruria for like 15 minutes and then changed sign from "Genoa/Pisa" to "Autostrada" and in five minutes someone took us to petrol station before entrance of the highway where it was much easier to find a lift (around 20 minutes) (Genevieve - July 2015)