Florence, Italy
5-9 May 2012


Florence is very well connected to the rest of Italy and Europe. 

Getting to Florence by air

Florence Airport "Amerigo Vespucci" (FLR) connects with all major Italian airports and 13 European destinations: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Frankfurt, Geneva, London Gatwick, Madrid, Monaco, Paris, Timisoara, Tirana and Vienna.

The center can be reached in about 15 minutes by taxi, and in about 20 minutes with the SITA/ATAF "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle operating between the airport and the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella.

The airport is also easily reached from other Tuscan cities: Prato (8 km), Pistoia (24 km), Montecatini (36 km), Lucca (65 km), Siena (68 km), Arezzo (77 km), Pisa (86 km), Carrara and Massa (117 km), Grosseto (143 km), as well as from the sea and its ports: Livorno (115 km) and Piombino (170 km).

For more information, visit the airport's website at: http://www.aeroporto.firenze.it/

Star Alliance Network


The Star Alliance member airlines are pleased to be appointed as the Official Airline Network for
Joint International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology (ICE/ECE) 2012.

To obtain the Star Alliance Conventions Plus discounts please follow the below steps to access the Conventions Plus online booking tool:

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Registered participants plus one accompanying person travelling to the event can qualify for a discount of up to 20%, depending on fare and class of travel booked.

The participating airlines for this event are: Lufthansa, Adria Airways, Croatia Airlines, EgyptAir, bmi, Turkish Airlines, ANA, Austrian Airlines, SWISS International Air Lines, South African Airways, Air Canada, Scandinavian Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Air China, LOT Polish Airlines, United, TAP Portugal, Brussels Airlines  

Discounts are offered on most published business and economy class fares, excluding website/internet fares, senior and youth fares, group fares and Round the World fares.

Please note: For travel to/from Japan and New Zealand special fares or discounts are offered by the participating airlines on their own network.  To obtain these special fares or discounts may be offered by the participating airlines on their own network.  To obtain these special fares or discounts and for booking office information please visit www.staralliance.com/conventionsplus/delegates/ and:

  • Click on “Conventions Plus Booking Contacts” and enter the conventions code LH10S12
  • Choose one of the participating airlines listed
  • Call the respective reservation contact listed and quote the conventions code LH10S12 when requesting a special ticket

When making your travel plans please present confirmation of your registration or proof of attendance for the Event/Convention.

Ataf-Sita "Vola in bus" service

It takes about 20 minutes to reach the bus station situated in front of the central railway station (S.M. Novella). Departures from airport are every 30 min from 6.00 am to 8.30 pm, then after every hour until 11.30 pm. Departures from city center are every 30 min from 5.30 am to 8.00 pm, then after every hour up until 11.00 pm. Tickets may be purchased on board. A one-way ticket costs 4,50 Euros.

Information from Ataf: http://www.ataf.net
Information from Sita: http://www.sitabus.it

Pisa's international Airport "Galileo Galilei" (PSA) is the most important in Tuscany: it links the city with major Italian and European destinations. The airport of Pisa is connected to Pisa Central Station by many routes, among which there are eight direct trains from the airport of Florence.

Getting to Florence by train

Florence is situated on the Milan-Rome line, with frequent and rapid connections both ways. From Venice there are two direct connections, otherwise a change in Bologna is required. Santa Maria Novella station in Florence is connected to Pisa by many services including a direct service from the airport; those coming from Genoa or from the Tyrrhenian coast must usually change in Pisa. For train times please consult the Trenitalia site http://trenitaliaplus.com/

Stazione Santa Maria Novella (892021. http://www.trenitalia.com) is the main station located in the centre of town and is often abbreviated to Firenze SMN. Avoid trains that stop only at the Campo di Marte or Rifredi stations, which are not convenient to the city centre.

The Florence SMN train station is open from 4.15 a.m. to 1.30 a.m. For timetables and more information, visit http://www.trenitalia.it/

All of the main lines of the ATAF, the city's bus transportation system, stop at Firenze SMN; only bus lines 12 and 13 bus go to the Campo di Marte train station. There are, however, several other bus lines that go near the Campo di Marte station, including bus lines 6, 10, 20 and 33.

Getting to Florence by Bus

Long-distance buses provide an inexpensive service between Florence and other cities in Italy and Europe. Lazzi Eurolines (Via Mercadante 2, Santa Maria Novella, 50123. 055/363041. http://www.lazzi.it) and SITA (Via Santa Caterina da Siena 17/r, Santa Maria Novella, 50123. 055/214721. http://www.sita-on-line.it) are the major lines.

Getting to Florence by car

From Rome (274 Km) or Naples (472 Km) use the highway A1 to your destination; exit at Firenze Sud. From Milan (305 Km) the same highway A1 will bring you to Florence travelling via Bologna (110 Km). From Venice (261 km) and from the Northeast take the A13 Padova-Bologna route then continue on the A1 to Florence. Those coming from the Tyrrhenian coast, from Genoa, Pisa or Lucca, must use the A11 Pisa-Firenze highway.

The area of greatest tourist interest coincides with the ZTL ("zona a traffico limitato"), a restricted traffic area controlled by a network of video cameras. If you need to get to pre-booked accommodation, inform the hotel in advance and they will pass on the details of your vehicle (number plate, etc.) to the local city police so that you can enter the restricted area without problems. Otherwise, you'll need to park outside of the ZTL and take a bus, taxi or walk into the restricted traffic area to reach your destination.


For information about the motorway network, tolls etc., visit the web site of Autostrade per l'Italia: http://www.autostrade.it/.


For information about how to obtain permission to enter the ZTL, visit the Florence City Council's website at: http://ztl.comune.fi.it/


To find the parking garage that is most convenient and suitable for your needs, visit the website of Firenze Parcheggi at http://www.firenzeparcheggi.it/