Travel and Accommodation

Travel to Florence is via several International Airports: Florence “Amerigo Vespucci”, Pisa “Galileo Galilei”, Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi”, Rome-Fiumicino “Leonardo da Vinci”, Milan Malpensa Airport, and more.


In addition, the city has excellent high speed train service connecting to Rome, Milan, Venice, Pisa, Bologna, Verona, Naples. Once in the Florence area, ICC 2021 participants can move easily and safely about the city by walking, the tram, busses, and taxi cabs.
The city has a central position in Italy.

By airplane


Florence Airport
The international airport Amerigo Vespucci is situated on the north-west suburban area of Florence, just 4 km from the city centre. It is a 25 minutes ride by shuttle bus Volainbus operating between the airport and the central railway station. Tickets can be bought on board or at the newspaper stall or at the Bookshop: it costs € 6.00 one way and Euro 10,00 round trip. Taxis can be found outside the airport: with a 15 minutes ride you reach the city centre at a conventional prices:


Working days: Euro 22,00
Festive days: Euro 24,00
Night service (22,00-06,00): Euro 25,30


Luggage Euro 1,00 each
From 4th passenger Euro 1,00 each


Vespucci Airport is connected to some of Europe’s major airports: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Bucharest, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London Gatwick and City, Madrid, Munich, Paris C. De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Tirana, Zurich, Wien.


Tel (+39) 055 30615


Tel (+39) 055 3061700 – (+39) 055 3061702
24 hours a day


Pisa Airport

Pisa’s Galilei Airport is about 80 km from Florence. It is linked to Florence by rail and road and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and Terravision bus (full flight coverage with 18 return journeys). For information about timetables and fares visit For information


Bologna Airport

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. Bologna and Florence airports are also connected by the “Appennino shuttle bus” For timetables visit

For information

By train


The city’s main railway station is Firenze SMN (Santa Maria Novella).

Situated in the city centre, it is conveniently close to the major tourist attractions.
The station area is also the principal node for buses serving the city and surrounding area (see Getting around by bus).

Other important railway stations are Firenze Campo di Marte and Firenze Rifredi. Local trains connect these two stations with the central one; otherwise you can catch the ATAF bus to the city center: Italian railway services are made by Trenitalia and by Italo.

By car


If you arrive in Florence by car, park it and use public transportation or special tourist transportation to reach the chief parts of the city.

Pay particular attention to the notices marking the points of access to the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL), which corresponds to the historic centre (monitored by electronic gates with information in English), to enter which requires previous authorization.

If you are looking for accommodation, the hotelier to whom you have applied or the garage where you intend to park can provide you with temporary access to the ZTL according to a specific procedure.

Useful links

City of Florence
Florence Airport
Pisa Airport
Bologna Airport


Measures of Covid-19 prevention

In order to comply with the different COVID-19 restriction applied around the world, Participants who want to attend the conference in person but are unsure whether or not they will be able to travel are given the opportunity to register with the Remote fee and ask to change their registration to In Person fee by 25 November 2021.

In order to proceed with the change, please enter the platform using login credentials received, click on the “Additional Services” icon, and select the difference in fee to pay based on your registration category

PLEASE NOTE: only the change from Remote to In Person attendance will be allowed, no reimbursement will be provided to participants that will request the change from In Person to Remote attendance without proven motivations (i.e. occurred travel restrictions from the country of origin)


COVID-19 And Measures For Entry To 30th International Cartographic Conference


In order to attend in person the ICC 2021, all participants will be requested to:


  • present at the entrance of the conference venues their EU Covid certificate (Green Pass or equivalent certificate of vaccination) + the Security QR Code that will be provided by the University of Florence by email one week before the Conference. In absence of both this certifications, access will not be allowed
  • wear their protection mask inside the conference venues at any time
  • keep the 1 meter safety distance from other participants and 2 meters safety distance during coffee refreshments

Organizing secretariat and conference venues staff will carefully monitor that these safety rules will be respected by everyone


COVID-19 And Measures For Entry To Italy

Please read more on the following official websites


Italian Websites
Italian Ministry of Health
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
National Tourism Agency
Viaggiare sicuri
Rome Airports


European Websites
European Union Agency
The Guardian


USA Websites
U.S. Embassy and Consulates
CNN Travel Edition


Time zone

Florence local time in December is GMT + 1 hour.



Euro (EUR)

All major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express) are accepted in most of the restaurants, shops etc.



The electric voltage supplied is 220 V. Round, two-pin plug points are available, as elsewhere in Europe.

In case you have any devices from the USA or UK, please remember to bring a transformer/adapter.



Most Florence banks open between 08:30 and 13:30 and 14:45 to 15:45 Monday to Friday. They are closed on weekends

and public holidays and most of them have a cash dispenser and a currency exchange service.


Useful Telephone Numbers

  • Medical emergency: 118
  • Fire emergency: 115
  • Police: 113
  • Florence airport – information: 055 3061300
  • Florence airport – lost luggage: 055 3061302
  • For international calls from Italy: 00 + country code + number
  • For international calls to Italy: +39 + city code + number
  • 24hour Pharmacies:

– Santa Maria Novella Station

– Via Calzaiuoli, 7 r

– Piazza San Giovanni, 20



The Organizing Secretariat disclaims all responsibility for medical, accident and travel insurance,

for compensation for death or disability, for loss of or damage to personal property and for any other

loss that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation. In this context, it is

strongly recommended to secure prior to departure international medical insurance for the period of