florence

Hello, florence

Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Italy. It is acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and stepping onto its historic cobbles, it is easy to see why. Cradled between the surrounding hills, the city hosts some of the most famous works of art on the planet, and the whole of the city centre is packed with stunning palaces, churches, and monuments. The surrounding countryside is well-known for its rolling hills and its wine, particularly the Chianti area between Siena and Florence.

City Information

Essential Information about the city

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Florence Airport

Florence’s international airport Peretola, formally Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is around 4 km from the city centre, located on the northwest outskirts of Florence. The city centre can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and about 20 minutes by bus.A special bus called “Vola in bus” gets you to the city centre, to S. Maria Novella railway station (SMN) in 20-25 minutes. The bus runs daily, including Sundays and holidays. The bus departs from the airport every 30 minutes between 5:30am to 8:30pm after that it runs every hour until 11:45pm. The last bus is at 1am. Tickets can be bought directly when boarding the bus, but be aware only one-way tickets are available from the driver. Round-trip tickets must be purchased before boarding the bus from ATAF and Li-nea resellers or from newsagents. To take a taxi from the airport to central Florence takes about 15 minutes and you will find the taxi stand in front of the terminal. When taking a taxi, make sure to read the display with price information inside the vehicle so that you pay the correct price.Car rental companies are situated at “Palagio degli Spini” and are connected to the airport by a free shuttle bus. The shuttle bus runs every 20 minutes.

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Public Transport

The best way to get around Florence is on foot. The city centre is not very large and is full of monuments and amazing things to see. The local transport companies are ATAF and LI-NEA. A ticket can be bought at newsstands, tobacconists, or any shop with an "ATAF" sticker in the window, and it is valid for 90 minutes. Always remember to validate your ticket by stamping it when boarding the bus.

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Taxi

In Italy, taxis are not usually flagged down as they pass you along the street. You should instead call a taxi or head over to one of the taxi stands. You will find taxi stands in most of the major squares. The main taxi companies in Florence are Taxi 4242 and Taxi 4390.

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Post

Stamps can be bought from authorised tobacconists or directly at the post office. You can send letters and postcards using the mailboxes scattered all around the city.

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Pharmacy

Pharmacies in Italy generally do not stay open during lunch time, and they are closed on Sundays. In rotation, pharmacies of each town/city/area provides Sunday and night services. Details are displayed at the pharmacies or on the websites of the town.

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Telephone

Country code: +39There is no area code but in Florence, all phone numbers start with 055. Do not omit the zero.

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Electricity

220 V. Power outlet: two or three holes.