Transportation (how to reach Florence)
There are frequent direct flights to all the most important European cities as well as convenient intercontinental connections.
Florence Airport "Amerigo Vespucci" is only 5 km from the city centre. Bus and taxi transportation is available between the airport and city centre. A bus connection (Volainbus) is operating from the airport to the city centre (main railway station) every 20-25 minutes.
The Pisa Airport "Galileo Galilei" (80 km far from Florence centre) is served by several international airlines and is connected to Florence by a shuttle train operating every hour. The trip takes approximately 1 hour.
The new high speed trains, conveniently and comfortably, connect the main railway station "Santa Maria Novella" to all the most important European cities. Eurostar trains connect Florence with Milan (2 hrs approximately) and Rome (1 hr and 30 min approximately).
How to reach the Congress Venue (Convitto della Calza)
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.
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 € 1,20 multiple trips, valid up to 90 minutes and € 12,00 a 3 day-ticket (updated to December 2012).
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) or 12 (to Porta Roma/Piazzale) and get off in Piazza Della Calza/Porta Romana.
For more details download the following maps:
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.
There are several parking areas around the Congress venue.
Parcheggio Oltrarno (managed by Firenze Parcheggi) is situated close to Convitto della Calza and all guests are entitled to a discount of 30% on standard fees.
Parcheggio Oltrarno - Sistema telepass
E' stato attivato il sistema di pagamento tramite TELEPASS. Attualmente per usufruire dello sconto del 30% è necessario che il telepass venga disattivato o rimosso prima di entrare nel parcheggio per evitare che venga letto erroneamente e addebitato. Così facendo è possibile entrare nel parcheggio ritirando semplicemente il biglietto di apertura della sbarra e poi alla reception del Convitto della Calza ritirare il biglietto di sconto del 30%