Where is the Palazzo dei Congressi e degli Affari
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Arriving by plane
The international airport 'Amerigo Vespucci', is located in the north-west suburban area of Florence. There are many airlines arriving there and connecting the city to some of the most important European airports. The airport is only 4 km from the city centre, which can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita 'Vola. ATAF offers a special and frequent bus line from and to Florence Airport. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus, called Vola in bus, operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or in advance in any newspaper stand. The price per person is € 6.00 (one way) or € 10 (return ticket).
If you prefer to reach the city centre by your own you can easily take a taxi. Taxis can be found outside the airport and it will take 15 minutes to get to the city centre, at a price of € 20.00 (any city location).
The international airport of Pisa is located 80 Km from the city centre of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and 2 different bus services (Terravision or Autostradale) the journey time is approximately 1 hour, 20 minutes. To reach Pisa railway station, take the CTT bus from outside the airport, direct trains to Florence depart at different time during the day.
After the upgrading of the railway line "Freccia Rossa" between Florence and Bologna in just 35 minutes, also Bologna airport is a stop of easy access to Florence.
Arriving by Train
The main central railway station of Santa Maria Novella (one of the most important railway junctions as well as an interchange point of the Florence public transportation) is located just a few steps (2 minutes on foot) from the main entrance of the congress-exhibition area and from the main reception of Firenze Fiera, located on the ground floor of Palazzo degli Affari.
Arriving by Car
Florence is well connected to the main Italian cities through an efficient motorway network, which allows an easy access to the city centre, where the congress and exhibition centre is located.
Florence is on the Milano-Roma A1. You pay a toll on Italian motorways. The closest A1 motorway exit to reach the Congress’ venue is Florence South (Firenze Sud).
If you arrive in Florence by car, it is worth parking it and using public and tourist transport to get around.
Particular attention should also be given to signs indicating that you are entering the Restricted Traffic Zone (ZTL) which covers the area of the historic city center, roughly speaking the area within the inner ring road formed by the “viali”.
Access is controlled by video cameras and you will need prior authorization to enter if you want to avoid a hefty fine. Access is granted to visitors who need to reach a hotel or garage where they have a booking; in both cases, all visitors have to do is to give the hotel or garage their car number plate details. During the customer’s stay, the car must be parked outside the ZTL or in a privately run garage.
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