We can’t wait to celebrate with you in Italy! Below we’ve compiled some useful information and resources for getting around in hopes of removing some of the guesswork from your planning.

 


Florence’s main airport, Peretola is a small international airport and as such isn’t always the cheapest option. Depending on where you’re coming from in the world, we recommend exploring multiple options to find the best deal on airfare.


If you’re traveling within Europe:

  • Pisa (PSA)

  • Bologna Guglielmo Marconi (BLQ)

  • Milan Linate (LIN)

  • Milan Malpensa (MXP)

  • Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino (FCO)

  • Rome Ciampino (CIA)


International guests:

  • Milan Linate (LIN)

  • Milan Malpensa (MXP)

  • Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino (FCO)


Florence

The closest airport is Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola. A cab to the center takes 15 minutes and is between €22-25/$27-30.


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Florence at sunset


“One of our favorite things about Italy is how serious Italians take their coffee.”

 


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Il Duomo

 


Traveling through other airports


Rome

  • Fiumicino – A great option with more international routes. Once at the airport, take the high speed airport train, the Leonardo Express (€5-15/$6-18 runs every 15 minutes, 30 minutes to the center) to get to Roma Termini, the city’s main train station. At Termini buy your ticket at an automated kiosk (in English/French) or in advance online at trenitalia.com to the main train station in Florence, Santa Maria Novella. Take the high speed FrecciaRossa (vs regional) train to get to Florence in just 90 minutes, for €40-80 (~$50-100).
  • Ciampino – There’s no train station from the airport so take the bus to Roma Termini for €5 (~$6). At Termini buy your ticket at an automated kiosk or in advance online at trenitalia.com to Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Take the high speed FrecciaRossa (vs regional) train to get to Florence in just 90 minutes, for €40-80 (~$50-100).

Milan

  • Malpensa – Similar to Fiumicino, take the airport train, the Malpensa Express  to Milano Centrale (the main train station in Milan) and then take a direct train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella. Take the high speed FrecciaRossa (vs regional) train to get to Florence in just under 2 hours, for €50-80 (~$60-100).
  • Linate – There’s no train station from Linate so take the bus to Milano Centrale from the airport for €6 (~$7) and then take the train to Firenze Santa Maria Novella.

Bologna


Pisa

  • Pisa is located only an hour away from Florence. Once at the airport you can get to florence by bus. Buy ticket here for €24 (~$30) round trip.

“Florence is like a diamond that I keep looking at from different angles to find more of her to love.”

 


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Planning Tips

  • Unfortunately UBER is yet to be seen in Italy. The local taxi mafia has had the upper hand these past few years so you’ll still have to deal with the good ol’ taxi.
  • When searching timetables or schedules for bus and trains on Italian websites (e.g. trenitalia, flixbus) be sure to type in the city/station name in Italian or the field won’t populate (e.g. Firenze vs Florence, Roma vs Rome).
  • Note station ‘Firenze Santa Maria Novella‘ is commonly abbreviated ‘Firenze SM Novella‘ on websites like trenitalia.com.
  • Once in Florence, the best way to get around is by foot. It’s mostly flat and very pedestrian. It only takes around 40 minutes to get across town walking at a normal pace. Don’t bother renting a car to get around Florence.

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View of the Duomo from the Boboli Gardens

Safety Tips

  • Never accept unsolicited offers for transportation in Italy. Always opt for the taxi line over the random person who approaches you promising a cheaper fare. Often appearing to be very friendly and helpful, these people wait in the crowded arrival areas of airports looking to rip off unknowing tourists.
  • That said, not all taxi drivers are honest, so it’s smart to confirm the price of the trip with your driver before arriving at your destination.
  • While less prevalent in Florence, panhandlers and beggars are numerous in many cities. Do not take anything they try give you as a ‘gift’ (especially roses) or engage them with eye contact or conversation.

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Il Ponte Vecchio

 “You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”

-Guiseppe Verdi

 


Dearest friends and family we hope you found this guide useful and informative. We can’t wait see you in our favorite city come September!

Love,

Lauren & Edouard