Distance in Florence downtown is really reduced. However, information on bus service are on www.ataf.net.
Buy the ticket (1,2€ for 90 minutes) before boarding on the bus in ‘Tabacchi’, kioscos, bars who show ‘Ataf tickets’ at the entrance or by SMS (text: Ataf) to the number +394880105 (1,5€ for 90 minutes) or from the bus driver (2 € for 90 minutes) .
4 travels ticket is cheaper (4,7€) and easier for travelling more than once per day.
How to reach Florence downtown:
By train: the main train station Santa Maria Novella is in the centre of Florence. Information on trains on Trenitalia webpage.
From Florence Airport: Florence has one Airport called ‘Peretola’ or ‘Vespucci’. It is located in the Northen part of the town and Shuttle buses connect the airport to the central train station Santa Maria Novella (6€ one way; 10€ return ticket).
From Pisa Airport: we suggest the easy connection by Terravision bus service or Autostradale which connect the airport to Florence city centre (Santa Maria Novella train station) (tickets around 5€).
Otherwise: first, from the airport you have to get the main train station (Pisa Centrale) by local bus or train from Pisa Airport. It takes about 5-10 minutes.
In Pisa Centrale train station you can take the train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (about 1 hr).
From Bologna Airport: get the Shuttle bus (6€ one way, 10€ return ticket) to the main train station Bologna Centrale. Several fast trains reach Florence in 40 minutes (about 24€ one way). An alternative is Appennino shuttle from Bologna Airport direct to Florence: http://www.appenninoshuttle.it/
From Roma Fiumicino Airport: the airport is well connected to Roma Termini train station by several shuttle bus companies (5€ one way) but the trip takes one hour.
Leonardo Express train connects Fiumicino Airport to Roma Termini station in half an hour about every 30 min. (cost: 14€).
Then, from Roma Termini station you can get fast trains that reach Florence in about 1 hour and half.
Booking in large advance fast trains tickets on Trenitalia website, you can take advantage of discounts!! visit: www.trenitalia.com
Accommodations in Florence:
IBIMET-CNR doesn’t take any responsibility about inconveniencies at the suggested locations.
The hotels listed below are located in the sporrounding od the conference venue.
http://www.afirenze.info/ (It gives a list of B&B and Hotels in Florence without weblinks but quite useful, most of them are located in the heart of Florence).
Hotels close to the venue:
Hotel Residence Palazzo Ricasoli
Via delle Mantellate, 2, 50129 Firenze
Residenza Johanna I
via Bonifacio Lupi 14 – 50125 Firenze
Via Camillo Cavour, 88, 50129 Firenze
Strozzi Palace Hotel
Via de’ Vecchietti, 4 – 50123 Firenze (FI)
Hotel Cosimo de’ Medici
Largo Fratelli Alinari, 15
Hotel Caravaggio di Rocchini SRL
P.zza Indipendenza 5, 50129 Firenze
Hotel Gioia Srl
Via Cavour, 25 – 50129 Firenze
Grand Hotel Cavour
Via del Proconsolo 3, Firenze
Via De’ Medici 6, Santa Maria Novella
via Delle Oche 5
B&B close to the venue:
B&B Laura Affittacamere Soleil
Via Cavour, 102 – 50129 Firenze
Via Cavour 10 – 50125 Firenze
B&B Tourist House Ricci
Via Dè Martelli 7, Santa Maria Novella
B&B Casa dei Tintori
Corso dei Tintori, 33 – 50122 Firenze, Italia
Locanda dei Poeti B&B
Via Guelfa, 74 nero
Viale Cadorna, 12 Firenze 50144 Toscana
Plus Florence Hostel Florence, http://www.plusflorence.com
Via Santa Caterina d’Alessandria, 15, Firenze
Archi Rossi, http://www.hostelarchirossi.com
Via Faenza, 94, Firenze
David Inn, http://www.davidinn.it
Via Ricasoli, 31, Firenze
Ciao Hostel, Via Guido Monaco, 34, 50144 Firenze
Hotel Pensione Ferretti, http://www.hotelferretti.com
Via delle Belle Donne 17, Firenze
If you would like to stay in prestigious hotels:
HOTEL LAURUS AL DUOMO
GRAND HOTEL BAGLIONI
Bits of Florence
Florence offers a worthy walk in its downtown and several famous museums and historical buildings, the most famous are Galleria Uffizi with Botticelli paintings and Galleria dell’Accademia where the David statue is located. We suggest to book in advance tickets in order to avoid a very long queuing.
If you would like to visit a typical fourteenth-century florentine residence, visit Palazzo Davanzati.
While If you’ve time to spend, we suggest to visit Fiesole (bus 7) an etruscan and roman town on a famous scenic height above Florence.
Other less known museum that you can visit in Florence are:
– Cenacolo Andrea del Sarto (free admission) (Via San Salvi 16, Bus n.6, stop “Lungo l’Affrico”)
– Museo Stibbert a wide collection from armour to porcelain to furniture and from European men’s and women’s clothing to Islamic civil and military costume and costumes of the Far East (bus n.4, stop “Gioia”)
– Villa Demidoff and its park