GISE 2018

Getting to Florence

By Plane

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 Conference venue is located just 4 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 or 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).

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. 

By Train

High speed trains connect Florence with every major Italian city and many European hubs.

Florence’s main railway station, Santa Maria Novella, is located five minutes by foot from the entrance of the Conference center Fortezza da Basso. The other two railway stations, Rifredi and Campo di Marte, are at a ten-minute driving distance from the Santa Maria Novella Station, or connected to it through local trains and city buses.

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.

By Car

Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easy to get to the city center, where the Conference venue is located.

Parking Information

There are several paid parking areas near the Conference Centre. The closest parking ramps are located under the Central Railway Station and under Fortezza da Basso (Conference venue).