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General Info

General Info

Congress Venue

Palazzo dei Congressi & Palaffari

Piazza Adua, 1 – 50123 Florence

Palazzo dei Congressi is a historical venue hosted inside the 19th century Villa Vittoria.
This building boasts a prestigious congress hall, the Florence Auditorium, opened in 1969.

Palazzo degli Affari, located in front of Palazzo dei Congressi in Florence, and just a few steps away from the main railway station of Santa Maria Novella, faces a centuries-old park, with rare and original trees and plants.

Opened in 1974 and planned by architect Pierluigi Spadolini, Palazzo degli Affari is a modern, flexible, and multifunctional venue.

How to get there

Centrally located and walking distance from the Cathedral and from the Central Station of Santa Maria Novella.


With its 74 museums, 43 art galleries and 139 libraries, today, Florence is one of the major cultural hubs in the world.

Florence is a place to visit at least once in a lifetime.

Florence, an Open-air Museum

Listing the immense artistic heritage of Florence may seem pointless.
The historic center, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an open-air gallery, which at every step tells the story of European culture.

Entering the museums of Florence means immersing yourself in the cultural imagination that has contributed to the formation of Western civilization, laying the foundations of the aesthetic, educational, scientific, political and artistic canons on which it is based.

The capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany has nearly 400.000 inhabitants. Known as the capital of the Italian Renaissance, it has countless sculptures, squares, civil and religious buildings, palaces, markets, and museums that make it a unique destination. World-famous for its perfect preservation, Florence looks as it did in the 15th century. However, thanks to the modernisation projects commissioned by the city council, Florence is a perfect mix of modernity and classicism. Florence’s museums, palaces, and churches are among the world’s greatest artistic treasures. The most popular and important sites in Florence include the Duomo, the Baptistery, the Uffizi, the Bargello, Palazzo Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Garden, and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are true art galleries, while the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent display of Michelangelo’s architectural genius.

Sites to visit in Florence

A city of artists, Florence offers visitors all kinds of beauty that is impossible not to fall in love with. First of all Santa Maria del Fiore, also known as the Duomo of Florence. It is a 153 metre long cathedral, built to compete with the churches of rival cities Pisa and Siena. Renowned names of Italian art participated in its creation: Giotto, Brunelleschi, Vasari and Ghiberti, to name but a few. Piazza del Duomo is also home to two other famous Florentine monuments, the Baptistery and the Bell Tower. While the former represents one of the oldest buildings in the city, the Campanile was designed by Giotto and is the bell tower of the Cathedral.

On the list of things to see in Florence, Ponte Vecchio cannot be missed. A peculiarity of this picturesque place, nowadays known not only for its beauty but also for its goldsmiths’ shops, is that until 1565 it was the greengrocers and butchers’ shops that were the main attraction of the place. Until 1218, the Ponte Vecchio was the only bridge crossing the River Arno in Florence. Above the goldsmiths’ shops on Ponte Vecchio is the Corridoio Vasariano, built by Giorgio Vasari to allow these workers to go from Palazzo Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti in complete safety.

Piazza della Signoria is home to another of the 10 things to see in Florence, Palazzo Vecchio. It is the political symbol of the Tuscan capital and is built on the ancient ruins of the Roman theatre of Florentia. Built in the shape of a castle, it has a distinctive 94-metre high tower that makes it very difficult to photograph the palace in its entirety. One of the most characteristic rooms in Palazzo Vecchio is the Sala dei Cinquecento, measuring 54 metres long, 22 metres wide and 17 metres high, making it the largest room in the whole of Florence.

Of all the things to see in Florence, Piazza della Signoria is a must-see. In addition to Palazzo Vecchio, in fact, this extraordinary city space also contains other wonders. In the square you can admire a copy of Michelangelo’s ‘David’, which the sculptor placed in front of Palazzo Vecchio to symbolise the power of the Florentine Republic as opposed to the tyranny of the Medici. Other statues in the square include the ‘Neptune’ by Ammannati, the equestrian sculpture of Duke ‘Cosimo I’ by Giambologna and ‘Hercules and Cacus’ by Bandinelli. On the right-hand side of the Palazzo Vecchio, we can instead be dazzled by the beauty of the Loggia dei Lanzi, a small open-air gallery containing several artworks. These include the ‘Rape of the Sabine Women’ by Giambologna and the statue of Perseus with the head of Medusa by Benvenuto Cellini.

The Uffizi Gallery is one of Florence’s most important treasures. Its construction dates back to 1560, when Giorgio Vasari designed these spaces as a perspective structure to enhance the Palazzo Vecchio Tower. Today, the Uffizi is one of the most important museums in the world, with its extraordinary collections of ancient sculptures and paintings, ranging from the Middle Ages to the modern age. In addition to 14thcentury and Renaissance paintings by artists such as Giotto, Piero della Francesca, Botticelli, Leonardo and Michelangelo, the Uffizi Gallery also features an extraordinary collection of busts and sculptures of the Medici family.

Another must-see place in Florence is the Church of Santa Maria Novella. From an architectural point of view, this building represents one of the most important Gothic churches in the whole of Tuscany. The exterior and façade of the church are the work of Fra Jacopo Talenti and Leon Battista Alberti. Inside, however, Santa Maria Novella contains magnificent artistic masterpieces, such as the ‘Trinity’ by Masaccio, the frescoes by Ghirlandaio and the ‘Crucifix’ by Giotto.

A cultural and artistic tour, in the company of friends or family, among the many beautiful sights in Florence must also include a stop at the Accademia Gallery. After the Uffizi Gallery, this museum is the most visited in the Tuscan capital. The Accademia Gallery is also called the ‘Michelangelo Museum’: in fact, of all the museums in the world, this is the one that exhibits the largest number of statues by the famous Renaissance artist.

By crossing the Ponte Vecchio you can easily reach the Oltrarno, where the first building that will catch your eye is Palazzo Pitti. This imposing palace was built by the Pitti family in 1457 based on a design by Filippo Brunelleschi. It is worth visiting this building because inside you will find some of the most important museums in Florence: the Palatine Gallery, the Gallery of Modern Art, the Porcelain Museum and the Fashion and Costume Museum. Besides the artistic beauties, the Palace also contains a natural marvel, the Boboli Gardens. A true open-air green museum, home to ancient species of holm oaks, sculptures, fountains: its design was the original prototype that also inspired the gardens of Versailles.


Curious facts about the city of Florence

In Via Prato at number 48 there is a large wooden door, which in height reaches the third floor of the adjacent buildings. Behind this imposing and ancient door is kept the cart – also known as “il Brindellone” – that is transferred to Piazza Duomo on Easter Sunday for the traditional dove-triggered explosion.
The door is therefore only opened once a year: on Easter Sunday, that is when the procession of the Republic leads the 11-metre high cart pulled by a pair of oxen, to Piazza Duomo.

To the right of the entrance door of Palazzo Vecchio, near Via della Ninna, one can see another gem of the city of Florence. We are talking about an engraving of the profile of a human face. According to legend, this portrait is the work of Michelangelo Buonarroti and according to the most famous version of the facts, the Maestro engraved in the stone the profile of a heckler who used to annoy him. According to the myth, Michelangelo showed his great skill on this occasion by carving the portrait with his hands behind his back, pretending to listen to the pedantic interlocutor. Since then, this mysterious engraving has gone down in history as ‘Michelangelo’s importunate’. 

Did you know that wine doors have been reopened in Florence? Not everyone knows that in Florence many stately buildings have very small doors, also called tabernacles, about one metre above the ground. They have been in existence since the 16th century and their function was as simple as it was ingenious: in fact, they were used to sell a glass of wine to passers-by in exchange for a few coins. Today there are still 170 of them in the city (145 in the old town).


Florence is the capital of Tuscany, the region in central Italy famous for its art cities and landscapes: from the mountainous areas of what is the most wooded region of Italy, to the rolling hills planted with vines and olive trees, to the sea, with its 633 kms of coastline: Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, the seaside, the thermal area near Siena, the forests of Casentino National Park are close at hand.

Moreover, Tuscany is in the heart of Italy. From here you can easily and quickly reach the most important and famous cities in the country, such Rome, Venice, Milan or Naples, by car, train or plane.

Find out some tour ideas, select your preferred ones and make your reservation, it is easy!

How to get to Florence

By plane

The easiest way to get to Florence is to fly to Florence Airport or to Pisa International Airport, located 62 miles (100 km) west of Tuscany’s capital city.

Florence Airport

The international Florence airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code – FLR) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre, and can be easily reached by taxi or with the tramway (Line T2) from the City Centre
This tramway service represents a comfortable and ecologic way of connection, thanks to the last stop at the airport terminal, to the frequency and the speed of the rides.
Florence Airport (Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola) is the second most important airport of Tuscany. Find out how to get to the city centre from the airport.

Pisa Airport

Pisa Airport (PSA) is the main airport in Tuscany. The International Airport of Pisa “Galileo Galilei” (IATA code- PSA) is located 80 km from the city centre of Florence, and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour), and by bus.
Find out how to get to Florence from the Pisa International Airport.

Bologna Airport

The distance from Bologna airport to Florence is 106km and there are three different transfer options: taxi, shuttle bus and train. Taxis and shuttle buses leave directly from Bologna Airport. To take the train, you need to transfer to Bologna Central Railway Station first. The average travel time is the same for all transport means, at around 1h 20min
Find out how to get to Florence from the Bologna International Airport.

By train

Another popular option is to fly directly to Rome or Milan and take a high-speed train from there to Florence’s central railway station (Santa Maria Novella). The central railway station of Santa Maria Novella is located five minutes on foot from the Congress center, and is connected to the other two railway stations (Rifredi and Campo di Marte) with local trains and city buses. The fast trains Freccia Rossa and Freccia Argento connect Florence with other important Italian cities: Rome in 1,30h, Milan in 1,40h, Venice in 2h, and Turin in 3,30 h.

You can check timetables and prices in the TGV website or Ferrovie dello Stato website or Italo.
If you book online, it is usually cheaper than buying the ticket directly on their website.

Railway stations:

  • Santa Maria Novella, piazza Stazione, 1 – Florence
  • Campo di Marte, via Mannelli, 12 – Florence
  • Rifredi, via dello Steccuto, 1

By car

Florence’s historic centre is relatively small and has numerous pedestrian streets, making it difficult to travel to the city’s centre by car. If you prefer this means of transport, take care not to park in a parking street belonging to residents, otherwise, your car will be towed away and you will get heavily fine. If you would like to visit other towns and villages in Tuscany like Siena, Lucca or Pisa, you can either hire a car or book a half-day or full day trip from Florence.

Local Transportation

In Tuscany, you can pay contactless for your bus and tram tickets using credit/debit cards, prepaid cards, smartphones, and enabled wearables.

Hold your card/smartphone/smartwatch in front of the contactless ticket validation machine located near the doors. Wait for a green light on the ticket validation machine screen to confirm your purchase, while a red light indicates that your ticket has not been activated.

For urban lines, identified by the green colour, just tap once! If your journey includes changing buses and trams, tap every time you board. Within the validity time of the ticket purchased with the first tap, you will not be charged additional tickets.

For mixed-fare lines identified by the orange colour, suburban lines identified by the blue colour, and fast route lines identified by the purple colour, tap when you board and tap when you get off!


Urban transport is managed by Autolinee Toscane. The ticket is also valid on the tramway network: ordinary (a single use 90 minutes ticket) and multiple-ride tickets (one single ticket valid for four 90 minutes rides) can be purchased from authorized sales points and at the train station.
Bus tickets can also be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks.
Fares (updated at August 2023): 90 minutes-tickets: 1,50 € – tickets on board: 2,00 €.

Tram tickets can be bought directly at the vending machines in the tramway stops.
The trams run through Florence from 5:30 am to midnight; normally they run every three to four minutes during the day, or every twelve minutes at night.
You can see the kinds of tickets, and discounts available here: Florence tickets and travel passes.

Getting around the city on a taxi is not difficult, but in Italy taxis cannot be flagged down as they pass along the street. They are instead “stationed” at special taxi parking stands, which are located in most of the major city squares, stations and airport. They can be requested by phone.
The telephone numbers to dial for calling a taxi are:

0039 055 4242
0039 055 4390
0039 055 4798
0039 055 4499

Additional Information

Official language
The official working language at the conference is English. No translation will be provided.
Time Zone

Central European Time:  UTC/GMT +2 hours.


Florence has a warm temperate continental climate with humid summers and cold rainy winters. July is th hottest month in Florence, quite humid, but the evenings tend to be cooler.

Weather in Florence in July:
AVG HIGHS 88 °F (31 °C) / AVG LOWS 63 °F (17 °C)


The currency in Italy is Euro.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, generally from 08:30 to 17:00. ATMs (cash machines) can be accessed 24 hours a day. All banks are closed on weekends and on public holidays.
There are plenty of currency exchange offices, banks and cash machines throughout the city.

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).

The international dialling code from abroad is +39. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.


The Firenze Card at a cost of 85 euros includes tickets and priority access to museums, unlimited bus travel on AT (Tuscan Autolines). It is valid for 72 hours. It also grants entrance free of charge for people under 18 years old, part of the family of the card holder.


Florence is a shopping paradise: all famous fashion designer have their boutique in Via Tornabuoni or in the nearby streets. Business hours in Florence are from Monday to Saturday, usually from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm. Most shops in the city centre have longer opening hours, and are usually open on Sundays.