SICV&GIS 2018

About Florence

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 each year.

In the fifteenth-century Florence, a self-governed, independent city-state with a population of 60.000, became with its writers, painters, architects, and philosophers the cradle of Renaissance culture; Renaissance shifted mankind into the centre 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 ECMM 2019.

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house 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, 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.

Travel Information to Florence

How to Get There

By Air
The international Florence airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code – FLR) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the tramline T2. The tramline T2 conveniently connects the airport to both the conference venue (8 minutes, 5 stops) and city center (20 minutes, 12 stops) and it runs from 5.00am to 00.30am Sunday to Thursday and from 5.00am to 2.00am on Friday and Saturday.

Thanks to the connections with Rome Fiumicino Airport, Milan Malpensa and the main European capitals, Florence is easily connected to the rest of the world. The main car rental companies have their desk inside the airport. 

By Train
The main railway station of Santa Maria Novella is conveniently connected to the congress venue through the tramline T2 (25 minutes overall). The other two railway stations (Rifredi and Campo di Marte) are at a ten-minute distance from the central railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, or connected to it through local trains and city buses. The fast trains Freccia Rossa and Freccia Argento connect Florence with Rome in 1,30h, Milan in 1,40h, Venice in 2h, Turin in 3,30 h and many other important Italian cities.

By Car
Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easier to get to the congress venue, located near “Firenze Nord” motorway exit.

Tramline T2 Map

ITINERARIES
1 PERETOLA AEROPORTO SAN DONATO UNIVERSITÀ
(CONFERENCE VENUE)
8 MINUTES
5 STOPS
2 SAN DONATO UNIVERSITÀ
(CONFERENCE VENUE)
ALAMANNI STAZIONE 11 MINUTES
6 STOPS
3 PERETOLA AEROPORTO ALAMANNI STAZIONE 19 MINUTES
11 STOPS

Parking Information

There are several paying parking areas around the Congress Venue, the nearest is Quick San Donato parking, open 24/7.

Local Transportation

Florence is a relatively small city; everything is at walking distance in the city centre. However, an extensive bus and tram transportation net is available. Bus tickets can be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks.

Taxis in Florence can be ordered by phone or found at the official taxi stands but they cannot be hailed on the street.

Getting around the city on taxi is not difficult, but in Italy taxis cannot be flagged down as they pass along the street, taxis are instead "stationed" at special taxi parking stands in most of the major squares in any city and at the airport and they can be requested by phone.

The telephone numbers to dial for calling a taxi are:

  • 0039 055 4242
  • 0039 055 4390
  • 0039 055 4798
  • 0039 055 4499

Climate

Autumn in Florence is wonderful, in September daytime temperatures in Florence can be around 22-24°C (72-75°F) but can easily reach 30°C (86° F). Rainfalls might also occur.

Currency and Bank services

The currency in Italy is Euro.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday, generally from 08:30 to 17:00. ATMs (cash machines) can be accessed 24 hours a day. All banks are closed on weekends and on public holidays.
There are plenty of currency exchange offices, banks and cash machines throughout the city.

Electricity

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).

Firenze Card

The Firenze Card includes tickets and priority access to museums, unlimited bus travel on ATAF buses and tramline for the 72 hours the Firenze Card is active. Free admission for those under 18 years of age who are members of the same family unit of the Firenze card holder and European Union citizens.

If interested please visit: http://www.firenzecard.it/index.php?lang=en

Shopping

Florence is a shopping paradise, all famous fashion designer have their boutique in Via Tornabuoni or in the nearby streets. Business hours in Florence are from Monday to Saturday, usually from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm. Most shops in the city centre have longer opening hours and are usually open on Sundays.

Florence is also famous for its fashion design outlets offering discounts, most of them organize transportation from and to the city centre.

Telephone

The international dialing code from abroad is +39. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.

Time zone

Florence is in the Central European Time (CET) time zone.

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