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General Information


Travel to Florence is via several International Airports: Florence “Amerigo Vespucci”, Pisa “Galileo Galilei”, Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi”, Rome-Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci”, Milan Malpensa Airport, and more.

In addition, the city has excellent high speed train service connecting to Rome, Milan, Venice, Pisa, Bologna, Verona, Naples. Once in the Florence area, Congress’ participants can move easily and safely about the city by walking, the tram, busses, and taxi cabs.

The city has a central position in Italy.

By airplane

Florence Airport
The international airport Amerigo Vespucci is situated on the north-west suburban area of Florence, just 4 km from the city centre. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus Volainbus operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or at the newspaper stall or at the Bookshop: it costs € 6.00 one way and Euro 10,00 round trip. Taxis can be found outside the airport: with a 15 minutes ride you reach the city centre at a conventional prices:

Working days: Euro 22,00
Festive days: Euro 24,00
Night service (22,00-06,00): Euro 25,30

Luggage Euro 1,00 each
From 4th passenger Euro 1,00 each

Vespucci Airport is connected to some of Europe’s major airports: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London Gatwick and City, Madrid, Munich, Paris C. De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Tirana, Zurich, Wien.

Tel (+39) 055 30615

Tel (+39) 055 3061700 – (+39) 055 3061702
24 hours a day

Pisa Airport
Pisa’s Galilei Airport is about 80 km from Florence. It is linked to Florence by rail and road and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and Terravision bus (full flight coverage with 18 return journeys). For information about timetables and fares visit For information

Bologna Airport
After the upgrading of the railway line “Freccia Rossa” between Florence and Bologna in just 35 minutes, also Bologna airport is a stop of easy access to Florence. Bologna and Florence airports are also connected by the “Appennino shuttle bus” For timetables visit

For information

By train

The city’s main railway station is Firenze SMN (Santa Maria Novella).

Situated in the city centre, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions.
The station area is also the principal node for buses serving the city and surrounding area (see Getting around by bus).

Other important railway stations are Firenze Campo di Marte and Firenze Rifredi. Local trains connect these two stations with the central one; otherwise you can catch the ATAF bus to the city center: Italian railway services are made by Trenitalia and by Italo.

By car

If you arrive in Florence by car, park it and use public transportation or special tourist transportation to reach the chief parts of the city.

Pay particular attention to the notices marking the points of access to the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), which corresponds to the historic centre (monitored by electronic gates with information in English), to enter which requires previous authorization.

If you are looking for accommodation, the hotelier to whom you have applied or the garage where you intend to park can provide you with temporary access to the ZTL according to a specific procedure.

Useful links

City of Florence
Florence Airport
Pisa Airport
Bologna Airport

Time zone

Florence local time in May is to be considered Central Europe Summer Time (UTC+2).


Euro (EUR)
All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted in most of the restaurants, shops etc.


The electric voltage supplied is 220 V. Round, two-pin plug points are available, as elsewhere in Europe.
In case you have any devices from the USA or UK, please remember to bring a transformer/adapter.


Most Florence banks open between 08:30 and 13:30 and 14:45 to 15:45 Monday to Friday. They are closed on weekends and public holidays and most of them have a cash dispenser and a currency exchange service.

Useful Telephone Numbers

  • Medical emergency: 118
  • Fire emergency: 115
  • Police: 113
  • Florence airport – information: 055 3061300
  • Florence airport – lost luggage: 055 3061302
  • For international calls from Italy: 00 + country code + number
  • For international calls to Italy: +39 + city code + number
  • 24hour Pharmacies:

– Santa Maria Novella Station
– Via Calzaiuoli, 7 r
– Piazza San Giovanni, 20


The Organizing Secretariat disclaims all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance, for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property and for any other loss that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation. In this context, it is strongly recommended to secure prior to departure international medical insurance for the period of participation.