How to reach Florence
Florence can be reached through its own International Airport, “Amerigo Vespucci”, or Pisa’s “Galileo Galilei” International Airport. Both offer frequent daily flights to and from all major European cities and connections to intercontinental destination through the hubs of Milan and Rome. The “Vespucci” airport of Florence is 5 km away from the congress venue and downtown. Both taxi cabs and shuttle service Vola-in-bus guarantee an easy link between the airport and the city centre. For those landing at the “G. Galilei” Pisa airport, direct shuttle trains to “S. Maria Novella” railway station are available with an average travel time of 60 minutes.
EuroStar high-speed trains easily connect Florence with Milan (2hrs and 45 min approximately), Rome (1hr and 45 min approximately) and other major cities of Italy and Europe. The main railway station in Florence is Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.), that is situated downtown.
Florence is centrally located along the major north-south motorway links. From A1-highway take the “Firenze Sud” or the “Firenze Nord” exit depending on your travel itinerary, then follow the indications for “Firenze Centro” and then “Santa Maria Novella” railway station. Traffic is restricted in downtown Florence, but you can park for a fee just outside the restricted traffic area.
Transportation in Florence
From the airport
A bus connection (Linea Vola-in-bus) is operating from the airport to the city centre (main station) every 20-25 minutes with an average travel time of 30 minutes. Tickets can be bought directly on the bus.
Taxis in Florence can be ordered by phone or found at the official taxi stands. You cannot stop a taxi on the road. From the airport it takes about 15 minutes to downtown depending on the traffic.
Florence has a comprehensive network of local bus routes. Most of them stop at the main railway station and therefore near to the congress venue. Bus tickets can be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks.
Passport and VISA
Non-EU visitors to Italy need a valid Passport. The maximum length of stay is 90 days; for longer stays, visitors will need a special permit. EU visitors can enter Italy with only a national identity card.
Italy uses the Euro, the same currency used in most countries of Europe. 100 euro cents = 1 euro. Traveler’s checks are generally accepted in stores, but almost all restaurants, hotels, bars, and shops accept international credit cards such as MasterCard, Visa, etc. The cash machines with the Mastercard or Maestro signs allow cash withdrawals in local currency with direct access to the user account in a foreign bank. Most commerce stores and restaurants accepts the same cards as debit cards.