The epicentre of the 1.00am earthquake was registered 4km north of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the province of Florence, the US Geological Survey said.
A 3.3 earthquake hit ten minutes before, while at least two 1.8 tremors were also registered, La Nazione reported.
— MeteoWeb (@MeteoWeb_eu) March 4, 2015
Locals were woken by the larger tremors and took to Twitter, with one person saying it was difficult to get back to sleep after feeling their bed shaking.
— enrica della martira (@minichicca) March 4, 2015
Another Twitter user described the earthquakes as “very strong”.
— Marco Dell'Olio (@marcodellolio) March 4, 2015
While the tremors gave residents a shock, local media said no damage had been reported.