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How to get to Florence

By flight

There are two airports close to Florence:
- the Amerigo Vespucci airport is at 4 km only from Florence but it's a small scale.
- the "Galileo Galilei" Airport of Pisa is a much bigger hub; low cost companies are also there.
- the “Guglielmo Marconi” airport of Bologna.

By train
The closest train station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella.
Please check at www.trenitalia.com.

By car
If you travel by your own car, we remind you that the centre of Florence has lots of traffic restrictions (Zona a Traffico Limitato – ZTL) from Monday to Friday 7.30 am – 7.30 pm and Saturday until 6 pm.

How to get to the Congress Venue

From the station
The CPLOL Congress  venue is in the city centre and it is very closed to the Train Station Santa Maria Novella (2 minutes walking).

From the Airport
From the airport of Florence you can get a taxi or the shuttle bus ATAF “Vola in Bus” . Bus stop: train station Santa Maria Novella – travel time: 15'-20'.
From the airport of Pisa, you can get a train to Santa Maria Novella train station or the Terravision bus.
From the airport of Bologna, you can get a fast or a regional train from Bologna station to Florence, or a shuttle from the airport to Florence.

By car
The congress venue is out of the traffic-restricted area; a parking place with fee is also available

How to move around Florence

By bus
ATAF buses

By bicycle
Florence is a cycle-friendly city! In front of Santa Maria Novella train station you can rent a bike for a day

By walking
Florence is also very nice for walks! Enjoy the city!

Sightseeings & Excursions
The organizing secretariat would like to recommend you some tours to explore Florence highlights and Tuscany’s fascinating surroundings.
Please, choose one or more options at the time of your registration to the congress.
Florence morning Guided City Tour with Accademia Gallery by Bus
We shall drive you up the romantic Viale dei Colli to Piazzale Michelangelo: there we stop to admire the breathtaking view of the city, spread out beneath us - one of the most beautiful in the world.
The tour continues by coach down into the centre of the oldest part of the town. One then gets out, proceeding on a guided visit on foot of the Santa Maria del Fiore or Duomo complex: the Baptistery with its gilded bronze doors including the famous Doors of Paradise and a walk around the exterior of the Cathedral with the magnificent Brunelleschi Dome and Giotto's Belfry with its fascinating marble statues and reliefs.
A short walk through the historical streets of the heart of Florence up to the renowned Gallery of the Accademia where one can admire the famous David by Michelangelo and other works by the great artist.
The guided tour ends inside the museum, enabling one to explore a little further on ones own.

Duration: 3h
Florence afternoon Guided City Tour with Uffizi Gallery by Bus
We drive up by coach or by minibus to Fiesole, a lovely town founded by the Etruscans on the hills overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley from the north and enjoy spectacular views, framed by the cypresses and olive groves covering the hill slopes.
After driving back into Florence, we get out near the river Arno and continue on foot through the medieval streets, to the east of the old city centre, as we walk past the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce (where Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and many other famous people are buried) on our way to the spectacular Piazza della Signoria, where we admire the imposing Palazzo della Signoria or Palazzo Vecchio and the harmonious Loggia della Signoria, as well as the many statues by Cellini, Giambologna and Ammannati adorning the square.
The tour continues with a guided tour of the famous Uffizi Gallery where we can follow the development of Christian painting, admiring superb works by Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian.
The guided tour ends inside the museum, enabling one to explore a little further on ones own.

Duration: 3h30’
Excursion to Siena, San Gimignano and Chianti Landscapes with traditional Sweets and Wine Tasting
Our trip starts as a pleasant excursion through the delightful hills of the Chianti countryside, offering an ever-changing scenery of vineyards and olive trees. Along the way, from the wide panoramic windows of our coach, you will be able to spot the medieval hamlet of Monteriggioni, enclosed by its famous walls which remain standing to this day. Upon arrival in Siena, you will enjoy a guided tour of the old town beginning from the famous Basilica of San Domenico (inside visit), a treasure chest of Renaissance art built in the 13th century, dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena of which preserves a relic. You will walk along the narrow medieval streets of Siena, admiring its splendid palaces until you reach the magnificent Cathedral.
The guided visit continues with a tour in a Museum and an Oratory of a Contrada. The Contrade (districts into which the town is divided) are the real core of the local social life, where inhabitants of each district compete with each other as they devote themselves to preparations for the well-known Palio horse-race. The contrada is not simply a district: it is a small state having its own legacy of traditions, memories and emotions, including its own flag and anthem. The Museum of a contrada, as well as its Oratory, is therefore the heart of the district. This is an intimate and secret place - with exclusive access - containing historical documents and wonderful relics of the famous Palio, as well as magnificent works of art. The guided tour of Siena ends in its most beautiful square, Piazza del Campo, of which the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) is the focal point. Free time is available for lunch (not included).                                                                                         
After lunch break, you will leave for San Gimignano, a tiny walled town located on a hill-top, intact through the centuries and famous for its numerous tall towers, frescoes and other valuable works of art. There, you are welcomed in a small and fascinating museum, inside a medieval palace. A local guide will introduce you to the history and traditions of this wonderful town through a faithful and evocative reconstruction of how it was in the XIV century. Moreover, you will be able to watch how skilled craftsmen produce handmade objects according to a long standing tradition of excellence. When the guided visit concludes, you will enjoy a delicious tasting of fragrant Sienese homemade sweets of medieval tradition (ricciarelli, panforte…) and famous local wines among which the Vernaccia of San Gimignano. Finally, you will have free time to discover this lovely town at your own pace.

Duration: 10h
Chianti authentic Experience with Delicious Wine Tasting in a Castle
The first area in Italy, in which the Etruscans planted the vine (back in the 10th century B.C.), was the Chianti district, known in Etruscan times, as Aclantis. Oak-coppices flank vineyards and olive-groves. Romanesque parish churches, farm-houses, villas and austere castles are scattered over the undulating hill-sides.
You will visit one of the most famous Chianti wine-growing estates. When you reach the castle surrounded by vine-yards, you will receive the traditional welcome reserved by all Tuscans to their guests and will be taken to tour the historical cellars and the castle.
As well as wine, you will taste typically Tuscan snacks – crostini (toasted Tuscan bread) with fresh tomato, Tuscan salame or cured ham, bruschetta (toasted Tuscan bread rubbed with garlic and estate produced extra virgin olive oil), the local pecorino (sheep’s cheese), etc.
Lastly, you will be given a glass of the estate’s precious Vin Santo (Holy Wine), into which you can dunk the famous Tuscan cantuccini: a lovely conclusion to the meal.
During this excursion, you will also visit an ancient village, to find out a bit more about the many delights contained in this enchanted part of the world.

Duration: 5h
European CPLOL Congress 8-9 May 2015 Florence Italy
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