Florence, the spectacular capital of the region of Tuscany, is located on Italy’s northwest coast. It is a stunning medieval city divided into two parts by the River and it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its overflow of palaces, churches and museums filled with masterful paintings and sculptures. Florence is justifiably called “the capital of arts”. According to statistics produced by UNESCO, 60% of the world’s most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence.
Florence transmits a multitude of emotions and sensations to all travelers: scents, flavors and works of art stimulate the senses step after step and remain engraved on the memory. Surrounded by lovely hills, Florence is an open air museum which houses some of the most precious treasures of Italy including the Cathedral with its splendid Dome designed by Brunelleschi, Giotto’s Campanile, the Uffizi Gallery, and much, much more. But it is the hidden and lesser known Florence that will remain in your heart: the Florence of the tiny artisan workshops which hand down ancient techniques from generation to generation, the small churches and street markets, traditional “trattorias” and places off the beaten path.
Florence has a unique artistic heritage, a glorious testimony to its secular civilization. Cimabue and Giotto, the fathers of Italian painting, lived here, along with Arnolfo and Andrea Pisano, reformists of architecture and sculpture; Brunelleschi, Donatello and Masaccio, founders of the Renaissance;Ghiberti and the Della Robbia dynasty; Filippo Lippi and Fra Angelico; Botticelli and Paolo Uccello; the universal geniuses Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Their works, along with those of many generations of artists up to the masters of the present century, are gathered in the city’s museums.
How to reach Florence:
- By Airplane:
Toscana Aeroporti FLORENCE is at 15/20 min from/to Florence city centre, accessible with a net of cab and shuttle buses to the train station of Santa Maria Novella.
Toscana Aeroporti PISA is at 50 min from/to Florence city centre. There is the People Mover shuttle from the airport to Pisa train station from where trains leaves very often for Florence.
Guglielmo Marconi BOLOGNA is at about 1h from/to Florence city centre.
Fiumicino ROMA is at about 1h and a half from/to Florence city centre.
- Train: Florence main train station Santa Maria Novella is situated in the middle of the city, near to the most important places in town and to the hotels selected for the event.
Public Transportation in Florence:
Buses are operated by ATAF (www.ataf.net)
Taxi service: +39 055 4390 – +39 055 4242
Transportation in town is not very needed because everything is within walking distance.
Weather in Florence and Tuscany is generally pretty mild but Florence’s location in a valley makes temperatures vary from other areas in Tuscany. July is a heat month with temperatures that goes from 25° to 31°. Days are sunny, usually it doesn’t rain and humidity is around 50%.
Please wear your name tag at all times during the conference, including the welcome reception
and conference dinner. You may be asked to present your name tag.
No Smoking Policy
Smoking is prohibited in Italy in all public buildings, restaurants, bars, and public areas in hotels.
Italy’s unit of currency is the Euro. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks and exchange counters, for example at the airport.
Visa, Master Card, Maestro, and Cirrus are accepted by most shops and restaurants, and some also accept American Express. Most bars and small shops only take cash.
Electricity is supplied at 230 volts, 50 hertz, which most small adapters (for laptops and mobile phones) from anywhere in the world are compatible with, although checking for this on the adapter before plugging in is recommended.
All displayed prices include taxes (generally VAT of 22%), and service is always included in restaurants and bars, so tipping is not mandatory in Italy. However, if you receive excellent service, tipping around 10% or more will certainly be appreciated.
Banks are generally open Monday to Friday 8.30 – 13.20 and 14.30 – 16:00.