Travelers arriving in Florence
Florence is easy to reach from anywhere in Europe with a maximum of one stopover. Once you arrive in Florence, the Congress venue is located just 8 kilometers from the airport. Direct flights are also available from many major European hubs.
The International Florence Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code – FLR) can be easily reached by taxi, with the ‘Vola in bus’ public shuttle service, which connects the airport to the main railway station, Santa Maria Novella Station, in just 15-20 minutes.
The taxi average fare is 30 euro.
The Airport Shuttle Bus service is provided by Volainbus.
- Departures from A. Vespucci Airport (exit the airport from the departures area, walk past the taxi stand and within a few steps you will find a bus stop).
- Departures from Florence City Centre (at the SITA bus station Via Santa Caterina da Siena, 15/17, or next to the taxi stand at the Santa Maria Novella central train station).
The Airport is served by the new tramway T2 that in 20 minute reaches the Florence city center. The cost of the ticket to and from the airport is 1.50 € (the same cost as the single ticket).
Travelers arriving in Pisa
The International Airport of Pisa “Galileo Galilei” (IATA code- PSA) is located 80 km from the city center of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and by bus (full flight coverage with 18 journeys per day).
Travelers arriving in Bologna
The International Airport of Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi” (IATA code – BLQ) is located 100 km away from Florence. You can catch the “Appenino Shuttle” directly from the airport to the Florence city center, or you can take a 25-minute fast train to Florence from Bologna’s central railway station.
High speed trains connect Florence with every major Italian city and many European hubs.
Florence’s main railway station, Santa Maria Novella, is located twenty minutes by foot from the Congress Venue.
To book a train choose one of the following websites, available in both English and Italian, Italo Treno On-line Booking, or Trenitalia On-line Booking.
How to reach the Congress Venue (Convitto della Calza) from S.M. Novella Railway Station
Florence has a comprehensive network of local bus routes. Most of them stop at the main railway station, Santa Maria Novella. Bus tickets can be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks. Fare is € 1,50 multiple trips, valid up to 90 minutes and € 14,00 for a 10 trips card.
From the main railway station, take one of the following ATAF buses: 36 (to Galluzzo/Le Gore/Cascine del Riccio), 37 (to Galluzzo/Tavarnuzze), 11 (to Due Strade) and get off in Piazza Della Calza/Porta Romana.
Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easy to get to Florence.
A1 Motorway Autostrada del Sole
Exit to Firenze Impruneta, follow the signs for the city centre and Piazzale di Porta Romana. Pass through the ancient gate and you arrive at Piazza della Calza.
A11 Motorway Autostrada del Mare
Get in A1 Motorway and exit to Firenze Impruneta. Follow the signs for the city centre and Piazzale di Porta Romana. Pass through the ancient gate and you arrive at Piazza della Calza.
There are several parking areas around the Congress Venue.
The nearest is PARCHEGGIO OLTRARNO (Firenze Parcheggi), hourly fare is euro 2. The gate for the entrance/exit supports also TELEPASS devices (charging the fare directly in current account).
GARAGE PORTA ROMANA, Via dei Serragli, daily fare (H24) is:
- euro 25,00 for CITY/COMPACT CAR such as (Fiat Punto – Renault Clio – Smart – VW Polo – Ford Fiesta – Citroen C3 – Fiat 500 base – Opel Corsa – Audi Serie 1 – Toyota Yaris – Mini base)
- euro 28,00 for MID SIZE CAR such as (VW Golf – Toyota Auris – BMW serie 1 – Opel Astra – Ford Focus – A.R. Giulietta – Mercedes Classe A/B – Nissan Qashqai – Opel Zafira – Citroen C4 – Fiat Tipo – Audi A3 – Fiat 500 other model)
- euro 30,00 for FAMILY CAR/SUV/MINIVAN such as (Mercedes C/E – BMW Serie 3, Serie 4, X3, X4, X5 etc. – AUDI A4/A5, Q3/Q5 etc. – VW Passat/TOURAN – Jaguar – Range Rover – Jeep – Ford Mondeo – OPEL Insigna – R. Kadjar)
- euro 35,00 for LUXURY CAR such as (Porche – Jaguar – Audi Q7 – BMW X6 – Range Rover Sport – Velar – Ferrari)
- euro 15,00 Motorcycle
Taxis in Florence can be ordered by phone (Tel. +39 055 4242 or 4390) or found at the official taxi stands. You cannot stop a taxi on the road.
Florence, one of the most beautiful and visited art cities in the world, is an open-air museum, placed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1982. The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists every year.
In the fifteenth-century Florence, a self-governed, independent city-state with a population of 60.000, became the cradle of Renaissance culture thanks to its writers, painters, architects, and philosophers; Renaissance shifted mankind into the center of the known cosmos and man became its measure. With such relevant philosophical and scientific inheritance, with its beautiful Mediterranean climate, good and healthy food and great shopping Florence it is the ideal place to host the MBE2020 Congress.
Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house represent some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence to visit are the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Here you can wander in some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. You can also spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.
Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Florence will offer a variety of unforgettable experiences for delegates and their guests: these range from city center guided tours - to dive into the art and beauty of museums and churches - to full-day outdoor activities in the world-renowned areas nearby.
Firenzecard is the official museum pass of the City of Florence. It includes tickets and priority access to museums and unlimited bus travel on ATAF buses for the 72 hours following the validation. It allows free admission for those under 18 years of age who are members of the same family unit of the Firenzecard holder and European Union citizens.