Modern-day via del Purgatorio is far from anything its name might suggest: indeed, this very short street is nothing like Purgatory, where souls go to pay for their sins before admission to heaven, often for thousands of years. Interestingly, the street is also covered in no-exit signs (quite ironic, we’d say). The street was historically larger, before it was closed in by Palazzo Minerbetti on one end. Being a back alley where people hang their laundry and dotted with restaurant kitchens, it’s a little gritty and not very well-maintained, so this is a good place to get a sense of “old Florence”.
Modern via dell'Inferno, while a paradise for restaurants, is hell for cars. The street starts out narrow and only gets narrower as it progresses, leading to an arch that’s unpassable for cars. So if you need to get to via della Vigna Nuova, which the road merges into, we suggest leaving your car in the aptly-named parking garage halfway down the street.