Italy is a member of the Schengen Agreement.
Chartered flights and International Airlines scheduled to Florence from countries of Europe, America, Asia and Africa.
For more information please visit the following webpages:
• Florence airport
Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci
Via del Termine, 11 Peretola, Firenze
• Pisa airport
Aeroporto Galileo Galilei
Florence airport: Located only 4Km from Florence City centre, the airport is easily accessible by car. You only need to drive on Viale Alessandro Guidoni until you get to the motorway entrance Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare (A1 and A11).
Pisa airport: The airport is integrated into Tuscany’s road system with direct access from the Florence-Pisa motorway (‘Pisa Centro-Aeroporto’ exit), the A12 Genoa-Rosignano highway (‘Pisa Centro’ exit), the A11 Florence – Pisa North highway (via the ‘Pisa Nord’ ramp to the A12) and the SS1 Aurelia state road. The route is 83.0 km and lasts about 1 h 19 min.
Florence airport: The ‘Amerigo Vespucci’ airport is connected with the city centre by VOLAINBUS, a service provided by BUSITALIA – SITA Nord. This is a really shuttle service (about 20 minutes) between the airport terminal and the centre of Florence: no intermediate stops are made except in the outskirts of the railway station.
Pisa airport: At the airport, bus tickets may be purchased at the Information Desk (Arrivals Area). The Bus Area (P6) is located just outside the Passenger Terminal Arrivals Area.
Florence airport: Taxis are stationed in front of the terminal or can be called by radiotaxi: 0554242 – 055 4390 – 055 4798
Supplement for trip beginning from airport €2,70
Taxi journey time from the airport to Florence city center is about 15 minutes.
Pisa airport: The taxi service operated by Cooperativa Pisana Tassisti – CO.TA.PI. Taxis provide service 24 hours a day. The taxi station is in front of the airport on the arrivals side.
The Radio Taxi service can be contacted by phone at 050 541600. Fare schedules are subject to change; the driver is obliged by law to start the meter at the start of every trip.For more information and booking, please visit copati
The only bus coming to San Domenico di Fiesole is no 7, from Via La Pira (next to Piazza San Marco, in the centre of Florence) every 20 minutes.
The conference will rent private buses leaving from Piazza San Marco and returning there every morning and in the end of the day.
There also taxis, as well.
If you are going to use the private bus please let us know.
ZTL – Restricted Traffic Zone
The entire historic centre of Florence (approximately the part located within the 19th century ring-roads or viali, which is a protected UNESCO heritage site) is a ‘Zona a Traffico Limitato’ (ZTL) or restricted traffic zone. Special rules govern access to, as well as transit through and parking in this zone. Bicycles, electric vehicles, motorcycles and scooters are permitted entrance.
The boundaries of the ZTL are well marked.
At the access points, special bilingual displays use red or green lights to indicate if access is authorized or not at that time. These access points are controlled by cameras that automatically detect one’s license plate, and fines will be issued to drivers who do not possess a special access pass.
Other than in the ZTL area, transit is always prohibited in the pedestrian zones and lanes reserved for public transportation. The latter are indicated with yellow lines and writing on the road and a sign that shows a lane reserved for bus/taxi.
The public transportation network is managed by ATAF&LI-NEA. Passengers are required to purchase their ticket before getting on board. Once on board tickets should be validated immediately, using the designated machines. In case of a ticket control, passengers must be able to show a validated ticket (both on board and at the stop). One-way tickets cost €1,20 and may be purchased at ATAF client points, authorized dealers (newspaper stands, tabacchi, cafés), equipped ticket machines and on board (for € 2).
For information about services (times, routes, fares, etc.), call toll-free 800 424500 (from mobile phones: 199104245) or visit here .
The public transportation network is managed by ATAF&LI-NEA.
Passengers are required to purchase their ticket before getting on board.
For information about services (times, routes, fares, etc.), call toll-free 800 424500 (from mobile phones: 199104245) or visit www.ataf.net
Once on board tickets should be validated immediately, using the designated machines. In case of a ticket control, passengers must be able to show a validated ticket (both on board and at the stop). One-way tickets cost €1,20 and may be purchased at ATAF client points, authorized dealers (newspaper stands, tabacchi, cafés), equipped ticket machines and on board (for € 2).
1. COPIT serves the following areas: Prato – Impruneta – Poggio a Caiano – Carmignano – Pistoia
2. F.lli LAZZI serves the following areas: Empoli – Forte dei Marmi – Lucca – Montecatini – Pisa – Pistoia – Prato – Viareggio
3. SITA serves the following areas: Siena – S. Gimignano – Volterra – Mugello – Casentino – Chianti
Telephone numbers: 055 4390 / 4499 / 4242 / 4798.
Meter and price. Inside each taxi are the vehicle’s ID number, and the meter. One side of the meter shows the running fare based on distance traveled and waiting time, the other side shows any supplements charged (for luggage, call service, surcharges for Sundays, holidays, nighttime service, etc.) The meter also displays the rate applied for trips. The total fare will appear at the end of the trip. Each cab has a rate card in full view. In case of complaints, ask the driver for a receipt specifying the route traveled, cab number and amount paid.
Firenze Santa Maria Novella railway station is the main national and international railway station in Florence and is used by 59 million people every year. The building, designed by Giovanni Michelucci, was built in the Italian Rationalism style and it is one of the major rationalist buildings in Italy. It is located in Piazza della Stazione, near the Fortezza da Basso (a masterpiece of the military Renaissance architecture and the Viali di Circonvallazione, and in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella‘s apse from which it takes its name. As well as numerous high speed trains to major Italian cities Florence is served by international overnight sleeper services to Munich and Vienna operated by Austrian railways ÖBB.
Railway Station FS Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Piazza Stazione, 1 – Firenze
Railway Station FS Firenze Campo di Marte
Via Mannelli, 12 – Firenze
Railway Station FS Firenze Rifredi
Via dello Steccuto, 1 – Firenze
Tickets: can be purchased from the ticket counters at the stations or from any authorized travel agency. For telephone information about trains and fares. Call Center Trenitalia tel. 892021. For information, train schedules and tickets online: www.trenitalia.com
Italy’s currency is Euro.
Banks’ hours: For morning from 9.00 to 13.15 afternoon from 14.30 (or 14.45) to 15.30 (or 15.45). some may open Saturday morning.
Many currency exchanges can be found in the centre. Be sure to ask what commission is applied before changing cheques or cash. Many shops and restaurants accept credit cards.
For currency conversions please visit here
ATMs are located everywhere, but the first you can find is in the airport. Get served directly and easily. Cash or credit cards make your moves easier and help you to arrange any outstanding issues even shortly before departure or after your arrival at the airport.
May is a very pleasant time to visit Florence, Italy, when the temperatures warm up and the cloud coverage and rainfall decrease, it is recommended to you to take an umbrella. During this month, the average temperature for the city starts off at 16°C, created by highs of 21°C during the daytime and lows of 11°C after dark.
For more information about travelling, transportation, events, weather et al, please visit:
1. Florence city
If you need help, please refer to the registration desk or call to the following telephone numbers for assistance.
- Contact Center for Florence and Surroundings: 055 055. The Contact Centre provides information on specific matters such as opening hours, offices and services provided by the City of Florence. The Contact Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 8 am till 8 pm.
- Fire Department: Fire Department / Vigili del Fuoco: phone 115
- ACI car breakdown service: phone 116
- Car Removal: phone 055-783.882 open 24 hours, Cash/bancomat/credit card payment
- Lost and Found: via Circondaria 17b – phone 055-328.3942 / 328.3943
- Police / Polizia: phone 113
- Carabinieri: phone 112
In case of theft/loss, you can find assistance in English at the following police stations:
- Urban Police Emergency / Vigili Urbani: phone 055-328.333
- Polizia – Commissariato S. Giovanni, via Pietrapiana, 50r – Ph. 055203911 Questura, Via Zara, 2 – Ph. 05549771 – Fax 0554977616
- Carabinieri – Comando provincial, Borgo Ognissanti, 48 – Ph. 05524811
Hospitals – Emergency Rooms
- Medical Emergency Service: phone 118
- 24 Medical Service, via Lorenzo Il Magnifico 59 (near piazza Libertà), tel. 055 475411. This medical service, which also cooperates with private insurers, has multilingual doctors that both see patients at the surgery and make house calls.
- Tourist Information Office, Via Cavour 1r, Ph +39-055-290.83.23
- Florence Tourist Office, Via Manzoni 16, , Ph +39-055-233.20, www.firenzeturismo.it
The British Institute of Florence Archive
The Archive contains documentation relating to the Institute’s rich history spanning almost the entire twentieth-century. The special collections of nineteenth-century and twentieth-century material are devoted to individuals or families with a particular connection to Florence: some of these were English travellers passing through the city on tour, others became those residents known as the Anglo-Florentines.
Florence – Historical Libraries
A tour through the historical libraries of Florence is not only aimed at getting to know one of the most important book patrimonies of Italy. Indeed, the complexes that house these centuries-old institutions also constitute a unique system enabling the visitor to become acquainted with the evolution of the concept of the place consecrated to reading, from the first examples in the Renaissance, by means of criteria of a rigorous geometric harmony.
Museo di San Marco
The Biblioteca di San Marco, the oldest library in Florence, is the ideal point of departure of this itinerary. Since the second half of the 15th century, the carefully lighted interiors, originally with green plaster on the walls in order to rest the eyes and facilitate reading, housed a rich library which also included rare scientific texts.
Address: Firenze, Piazza San Marco 3
Around the corner on Via Cavour, the visitor runs into the Baroque facade of the Biblioteca Marucelliana. The main reading room is very interesting and entirely lined with eighteenth-century boiseries, displaying precious volumes to great effect.
Address: Firenze, Via Cavour 43-45
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Continuing along Via Cavour and turning right at the corner with Via de’ Gori, you come to Piazza San Lorenzo, dominated by the mass of the basilica built by Brunelleschi. On the side of the church, between the first cloister and the holy building, is the entrance to the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, the vestibule of which was designed by Michelangelo. In addition to its interest for the exceptional book patrimony it houses, including rare manuscripts of a scientific nature, the library is also noteworthy for the furnishings of the main hall which still conserves the original wooden pluteus.
Address: Firenze, Piazza San Lorenzo 9
On Via de’ Ginori, very close to Piazza San Lorenzo, you will find the entrance to the Biblioteca Riccardiana, housed in the fifteenth-century Palazzo Medici-Riccardi and equipped with quite an unusual and complex system of wooden shelves, carved and gilded in the 18th century.
Address: Firenze, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Via Ginori 10
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze BNCF
Walking back down Via de’ Ginori, take Borgo San Lorenzo toward Piazza San Giovanni, then Via dei Calzaioli, Via della Ninna, via dei Neri and Corso dei Tintori into Piazza Cavalleggeri, where you will see the monumental eclectic facade of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, one of the principal institutions of its kind in Italy.
Address: Firenze, Piazza dei Cavalleggeri 1/a
The early medieval paintings with their gold leaf and serenity of saints and martyrs are of the Golden Age of faith and innocence. Then, with the Medici’s Renaissance, the paintings change to egotistical portraiture against brown bitumen backgrounds and posturing pornography. I hurry through the later rooms! We’ve regressed, not progressed.
The museum was inaugurated in the presence of king Victor Emmanuel II in 1870 in the buildings of the Cenacolo di Fuligno on via Faenza. At that time it only comprised Etruscan and Roman remains. As the collections grew, a new site soon became necessary and in 1880 the museum was transferred to its present building.
The collection’s first foundations were the family collections of the Medici and Lorraine, with several transfers from the Uffizi up to 1890 (except the collections of marble sculpture which the Uffizi already possessed). The Egyptian section was first formed in the first half of the 18th century from part of the collections of Pierre Léopold de Toscane, from another part of an expedition promoted by the same Grand Duke in 1828–29 and led by Ippolito Rosellini and Champollion (the man who first deciphered hieroglyphics). In 1887 a new topographic museum on the Etruscans was added, but it was destroyed in the 1966 floods.