Florence is well-connected with the rest of Italy and with Europe, and is easy to get to by air or land. In the last few years there has been a significant increase in traffic in and out of Florence's Vespucci Airport, and the infrastructure and facilities are constantly being upgraded.

Florence is also a key node on the Italian railway network. It has good connections with the main cities in the north, while to the south Rome is only about an hour and a half away. Work on the Bologna-Florence stretch of the high-speed railway line (TAV, Treni Alta Velocità) is at an advanced stage, and a new station is due to be built in Florence.

The A1 motorway, the main road artery linking the north and south of the country, runs past Florence, which has four exits. A third lane is currently being built on the Barberino-Incisa stretch of the A1. The A11 motorway and the Florence-Pisa-Livorno (FI-PI-LI) dual carriageway link the city with the west (Tyrrhenian Sea) coast.

Florence by Car

The "Autostrada Del Sole" Highway (A1) connects Florence both with southern and northern Italy. We suggest the exit "Firenze Sud" for those coming from Rome; "Firenze Nord" for those coming from Milan, Bologna, Venice.

Florence by Train

Florence Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) station is on the major Italian North-South train route.
High speed trains running between Milan and Rome stop in Florence. Eurocity and night trains connect directly Florence to several European cities (Paris, Geneve, Zurich, Wien, Munich,...)

Please consult the on-line FS timetable for update information on train departures and arrivals.

Florence by Plane

Florence (Amerigo Vespucci) airport is at Peretola, approximately 5 km West of Florence.
- Direct flights (international, no charters) operate from: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, London Gatwick, Lugano, Munich, Nice, Paris CDG and Vienna.
- To reach the centre/main station from the airport if you don't want to use taxi, you can get the VOLA in BUS airport shuttle (4 Euro).

For international flights consider also the use of Pisa and Rome International airports.

Pisa (Galileo Galilei) airport is some 80 km West of Florence.
- Direct flights (international): Barcelona, London Gatwick, Munich, Paris; Charter flights: London Gatwick, Manchester, Paris Orly.
- Connections to Florence central railway station Santa Maria Novella: direct train from Pisa airport every two hours, approximately (journey time of about 1 hour) or local city transport bus to Pisa central railway station, where there are more frequent trains to Florence Santa Maria Novella.

Rome inter-continental Fiumicino airport, served by all major airlines with flights from all over the world, is connected with a non-stop train every hour to the main Rome railway station (Termini), which is reached in half an hour. More often than every hour a high speed train leaves Rome Termini to Florence Santa Maria Novella, which is reached in about 100 minutes. Most of these trains require to be reserved in advance. Consult theFS web pages for connections and information.

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Florence and Tuscany Transportation Options

Florence is such a popular tourist destination that transportation options abound. Here in a nutshell you'll find the essentials for getting to and around Florence.

Florence Airport The Aeroporto de Firenze, commonly referred to as Florence Peretola Airport or Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci or simply Peretola, is located 4 km from the center of Florence. A taxi can make the trip in 15 minutes, and the Bus between the airport and Santa Maria Novella railway station takes 20 minutes. If you are coming into Florence from an international destination, you are probably using Galileo Galilei airport, closer to Pisa.

The Volainubus Airport Shuttle connects Vespucci Airport to downtown Florence. Tickets are purchased on board and cost 4.50 Euro in 2007. Galileo Galilei has direct and relatively inexpensive train services to Florence.

Florence Train Station: Stazione Santa Maria Novella Firenze

Florence's central station is called Firenze Santa Maria Novella (look for signs announcing "Firenze SMN"). The train station is located in the northwest corner of central Florence, within convenient walking distance of most Florence tourist attractions.



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Florence is the true home of classical art, its well worn cobbled streets tramped by the likes of Michelangelo, Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci who lived and worked here under the patronage of the powerful ruling Medici family. Today those who holiday in Florence are awestruck by the architectural beauty of the city.

Florence is a city of many layers, Florence is at once an over-run tourist magnet and a living, breathing medieval city that is home to proud Florentines. Stomping ground of Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Dante, and Machiavelli, its cultural importance can't be overstated. It is home to three of the world's most renowned museums: the Uffizi, L'Accademia, and the Bargello, and boasts an incredible number of important churches, which house equally important master works. Sights such as the Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens, the Pitti Palace, and Giotto's duomo are but a few of the city's many offerings. A walker's city, the center of Florence is a compact labyrinth of alleys and piazze. Comfortable shoes are a must! Rent your own Florence apartment in the historic center to explore the myriad shops, museums and charming restaurants. You will return from your busy day to the quiet and calm of your own apartment where a refreshing glass of wine will help you relive the adventures of your day. View a listing of apartment rentals in Florence, Italy.

Duomo of Florence To experience this art-rich neighborhood, it's best to walk out your Florence rental apartment and just meander. Almost everywhere you look---from Piazza Antinori to San Lorenzo---there is something dazzling to behold. Dominating the center of this zone is the spectacular Santa Maria del Fiore. At the time of their completion, the church and its world-famous dome established Renaissance architecture, and Brunelleschi, as a force. While exploring the tiny streets off the piazza you can almost imagine what Florence must have been like in Dante's time. Whether you're a history buff or power shopper, gelato aficionado or daydreamer, this area has it all. If you are searching for your own private Florence apartment, view our apartment rentals in Florence's Duomo district: Florence Apartments for Rent Near the Duomo

Santa Croce Florence Mecca for art history buffs, Santa Croce is home to the Uffizi Gallery, which houses a mind boggling array of works by such artists as Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Bacchus, Botticelli, Raphael, Giotto, and many more. The Ponte Vecchio is also not to be missed while enjoying a Florence rental apartment. Famous for its jewelry and antique shops, the bridge offers no end of temptation---particularly for those of us with a thing for gold. A tourist destination in the hopping summer months, the Ponte Vecchio is at its most sublimely beautiful at Christmas: a red carpet stretches the length of the bridge, and lights twinkle overhead. Our Florence apartment rentals in Santa Croce are sure to delight. Apartment Rentals Florence Vacation Accommodation.

Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. It is home to some of the greatest thinkers of that time period, if not all of history. Francesco Petrarch, Dante, Galileo Galilei, Nicolo Machiavelli, The Medici, Giovanni Boccaccio, Michelangelo Buonarotti to name only a few. The city is full of museums including the Accademia which houses the statue of David; the Uffizi which holds thousands of Renaissance and earlier treasures. One can merely walk and admire the famous architecture lining the streets, much of which was created in the Middle Ages or the Renaissance. The famous Arno river runs through the middle of the great city and provides a beautiful view, especially of the Ponte Vecchio, which is the only bridge that remained standing after World War II.

Florence is also home to the European Univeristy Institute, the European research institute set up by the European Commission. From there, or further up from Fiesole, the view is magnificent! Especially by sunset. Piazzale Michelangelo is also recommended for a nice sunset.

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