The congress venue will be the current main building of the Italian Military Geographic Institute (IMGI) located in the historical block, of the former “Santissima Annunziata” Monastery, called “Antica Sapienza”.
Italian Military Geographic Institute (IMGI)
via C. Battisti, 10
50122 Florence, Italy
TRAVELLING BY AIR
The “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport in Florence (IATA code – FLR) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Vola in Bus’ shuttle service, connecting the airport to the city’s main railway station Firenze Santa Maria Novella (abbreviated Firenze SMN) in just 15-20 minutes. 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.
- Info: www.aeroporto.firenze.it
The “Galileo Galilei” Airport in Pisa (IATA code – PSA) is the closest medium-size international airport with connections to the US. Pisa is about 90 km from Florence, which can then be reached by coach or by train.
- Info: www.pisa-airport.com
Coach transfer services are managed by Terravision and Autostradale. They leave, every day, from Pisa International Airport to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station and viceversa. The journey takes about 60-70 minutes. Tickets may be purchased at the Information Desk (Arrivals Area).
The journey to Florence by train takes less than an hour. You need to get to Pisa Central Train Station from Galilei Airport by the PisaMover service that has a timetable departure of every 5 minutes and operates every day from 6.00 a.m. to 24.00. p.m., including Sunday and public holidays. It has a travel time of 5 minutes including stopover. The PisaMover station is just in front of the Departure Terminal Check-in A. At Pisa Central Station, the stop is located close to platform 14, from which you can easily reach the other platforms and station’s main entrance. Tickets may be purchased at the Airport, at railway stations and at all Trenitalia authorized ticket offices.
Florence can be reached by car from Pisa airport, in about 60-70 minutes, via the A12 and A11 motorways, or via the Florence-Pisa-Livorno highway connected to the airport.
The “Guglielmo Marconi” Airport in Bologna is also well connected to Florence.
- Info: www.airport-bologna.it
TRAVELLING BY TRAIN
The city’s main railway station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella (abbreviated as Firenze SMN). Situated in the city centre, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions, hotels, exhibition and trade centres. The station area is also the principal node for buses serving the city and its surroundings.
The second most important station is Firenze Campo di Marte which is being used increasingly for national and international train services. The Campo di Marte train station is just outside the main road ring (boulevard) that surrounds the historical city centre). It is at a ten-minute distance from the city centre, that can be reached by taxi, local trains and city buses.
There are two main companies (Trenitalia and Italo) with high speed trains to Florence from Italy and Europe main cities. You can look for timetables and reserve/buy tickets on their sites.
TRAVELLING BY CAR
Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network that makes it easy to get to the town.
- Info: www.autostrade.it
Nevertheless, if you decide to come to Florence by car, or rent a car, you need to know that the whole city centre is ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone), a restricted traffic area controlled by a network of video cameras. Furthermore, the Duomo area, that is the area surrounding the “Santa Maria del Fiore” Cathedral, is completely forbidden to private cars. Moreover, many hotels do not have a garage or parking lots.
If you are staying in the city centre, you do not need a car to move around. Florence is small enough to walk. At most, you may decide to use the city buses run by ATAF.
- Info: www.ataf.net
Parking Areas: Make sure that your hotel has a garage or parking lots. To find the car parking lot that is most convenient and suitable for your needs, ask for help to your hotel or take a look at a parking map in Florence.
- Info: www.firenzeparcheggi.it