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#BSHSPG2017: Getting there

Getting to Florence

By train

Florence main station is called ‘Firenze Santa Maria Novella (SMN)’. For more information on trains, please see: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en). From the station, the hotel is in walking distance or you might also take a bus. For further details, please go to Getting around in Florence (below).

By air

We suggest that you do not only look into flight connections to Florence airport but also into flights to/from Pisa airport, which has a direct coach connection to Florence centre (the journey takes about 60 minutes). It is also worth checking connections to Milan, Bologna or even Rome. From these cities (though not directly from their airports – you will have to take a bus going to the train station from where you continue your journey), the Italian train service operates direct connections to Florence main station called ‘Firenze Santa Maria Novella (SMN)’. For more information on trains, please see: http://www.trenitalia.com/tcom-en).

From Florence airport to Florence Station (SMN) 

SHUTTLE BUS

The company Vola in Bus operates a bus service to Florence main station, Stazione Santa Maria Novella: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/it/i-passeggeri/trasporti/bus.html. The bus leaves every 30 minutes, the first bus in the morning is at 5.30; 6.00; 6.30 and so on.

From Pisa airport to Florence Station (SMN)

From Pisa airport, the company Autostradale (http://www.autostradale.it/en) operates a shuttle bus service. The journey from Pisa airport to Florence centre takes about 60-70 minutes. If you book online in advance and you show your printed ticket to the bus driver, you benefit from a discount. Roundtrips are €13.50 . You can also buy tickets on the bus/ticket office next to the bus.

The departure times are (please also check the website indicated above): The Autostradale bus leaves Pisa airport on 5 April at: 8.45; 9.30; 10.15; 11.00; 11.45; 12.15; 13.00; 13.45; 14.40; 15.30; 16.30…

The company Terravision no longer operates a bus service even though the website is still on. We strongly advise against booking your tickets with them.

BY TRAIN

From Pisa airport, there is no direct train connection to Florence. You can however, take a shuttle bus taking you to Pisa main station, from where you can take a direct train to Florence SMN. Trains leave every 20 to 30 minutes and take about 45 to 70 minutes (depending of type of train). Tickets  to Florence SMN (shutte + train) are sold directly at Pisa airport (€10.70), or you can take the shuttle (€1.20) and buy a train ticket to Florence SMN directly at Pisa Station (€8.40). NB the vendors at the airport charge a €1 fee for the train ticket.

Getting around in Florence

You prefer taking the bus 

Bus tickets are €1.20 if you buy them at a kiosk/tabacchi shop or café or €2.00 if you purchase them directly on the bus. Please always carry a little change with you: the bus drivers do not have change. You can also purchase a 4-trip ticket (€4.70), for instance, which you might need anyway because we will take the bus to travel between the conference venue and the city centre. Please remember to validate your bus ticket on the bus (there are machines/little validation boxes) as controls are frequent.

The central railway station Santa Maria Novella (SMN), where also all buses arrive, is a 20 minutes walk away from your hotel and we recommend that you actually walk. Buses can be a hassle, sometimes chaotic, and it’s really easy to walk to the hotel.

You can get on the bus number 17 to ‘Verga’ from ‘Stazione Valfonda’ (the stop is right on the left when you leave the station, right after the McDonald’s restaurant) and get off at ‘Venezia’, just in front of Hotel La Pace.

You can get on the bus number 11 to ‘Salviatino’ from ‘Largo Alinari’ bus stop across the road and get of at Venezia.

You can also get on bus number 14 to ‘Il Girone’, or 23 to ‘Nave a Rovezzano’ from ‘Stazione Valfonda’ and get off at ‘Piazza San Marco’. The hotel is a just a short walk from the piazza.

Ultimately, you can get on number 6, from bus stop ‘Largo Alinari’ and get off at ‘Piazza San Marco’.

Please also check the Florence public transport website with the buses’ departure times (though not always reliable…): http://www.ataf.net/en/timetables-and-routes/timetables-and-routes/route-list.aspx?idC=180&LN=en-US. In general, it is better to be at the bus stop a little prior to the actual departure time (so you might catch the previous bus that runs late 🙂 ). Rather plan a little extra time in Florence so that you don’t have to stress out. You can also get real time schedule by uploading the ATAF app.

See map below for bus stop locations.

Should you prefer to walk

Please consult the following link, which will indicate your way on google maps from SMN station to your hotel: Walk to hotel. (Please klick on the walking sign on google maps!)

Under the headline Venue, we indicate how you reach our venue Villa Salviati from your hotel. Villa Salviati campus is north of the city centre and a 15 minutes bus ride away.

Accommodation

The BSHS will subsidise accommodation by 50 %. We have already pre-booked spacious twin rooms – which you will share with a colleague – for 2 nights (5-7 April) in the Hotel ‘La Pace’ (http://en.hoteldelapace.it/index.html). For the two nights, the total costs for each of you will be €56. We are currently looking into payment possibilities and will provide more information asap. If you prefer a single room – and unless you have done so already – please get in touch with us immediately. If you wish to share your twin room with a friend who is also a confirmed conference delegate, you will be asked to indicate it in the attached form.

The room rates are per night and per person:
Twin (shared): €28 with BSHS subsidy
Single: €66 with BSHS subsidy

Venue

The conference will take place at the EUI’s campus of Villa Salviati (http://www.eui.eu/About/Map.aspx), which can be reached by bus number 25 to ‘Pratolino / Pian di San Bartolo’: http://www.eui.eu/About/How-to-reach-us.aspx. Bus number 25 (stop ‘Venezia’) is just outside Hotel La Pace. The bus runs every 15 minutes and takes about 15 minutes to reach the appropriate bus stop (‘Il Cionfo 01’). Villa Salviati is quite big and we will make sure that there will be signs.

Please also see the Florence public transport website with the buses’ departure times (though not always reliable…): http://www.ataf.net/en/timetables-and-routes/timetables-and-routes/route-list.aspx?idC=180&LN=en-US. So in general, it’s better to be at the bus stop a little prior to the actual departure time (so you might catch the previous bus that runs late 🙂 ).You can also get real time schedule by uploading the ATAF app.