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Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany and of the province of Florence. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with approximately 370,000 inhabitants, expanding to over 1.5 million in the metropolitan area.

Florence is famous for its history: a centre of Medieval european trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, it is considered the birthplace of the Renassaince, and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Age”. A turbulent political history includes periods of rule by the powerful Medici family, and numerous religious and republican revolutions. From 1865–71 the city was the capital of the recently established Kingdom of Italy.

The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and Euromonitor International ranked the city as the world’s 89th most visited in 2012, with 1.8m visitors. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renassaince art and architecture and monuments. The city also contains numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Palazzo Pitti, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture and politics. Due to Florence’s artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Florence is an important city in Italian fashion, being ranked in the top 50 of fashion capitals of the world; furthermore, it is a major national economic centre, as a tourist and industrial hub. In 2008, the city had the 17th highest average income in Italy.


Fiesole is a small village of the province of Florence, on a scenic height above Florence, 8 km northeast of that city. It was probably founded in the 9th-8th century BC, as it was an important member of the Etruscan confederacy, as may be seen from the remains of its ancient walls.




Florence Airport

Via del Termine, 11, 50127 Firenze

Many airlines, such as AirBerlin, AirFrance, Alitalia, AustrianAirline, BrusselsAirline, KLM, Lufthansa, MeridianaFly, Volotea and Vueling, fly from and to the airport of Florence.

From the Airport to the Main station of Florence there is a bus, “Vola in bus” service.

Taxi from Florence airport (Amerigo Vespucci) costs around €20

Piazzale D’Ascanio, 1, 56121 Pisa

The airport of Pisa-San Giusto, known by its commercial name “Galileo Galilei”, is the biggest and most important airport in Tuscany.From Pisa Airport it is possible to take a train to Pisa central Station and then to Firenze central station, or there is the Terravision bus, with stop just outside the airport, that goes directly to the centre of Florence (Santa Maria Novella Station).



is in Viale Augusto Righi, 4, Florence

It is a nice hostel, housed in a villa built around the 1500 and surrounded by a large park.

N.B remember to put towels in your luggage because they are not provided by the hostel


The bus lines that stop close to the Villa Camerata Hostel are:

– line 11 from Santa Maria Novella Station, the stop is the final one, “Salviatino”

– line 17 from Santa Maria Novella Station in direction of Viale Verga;  the stop is Santi Fiorentini.

The cost of a single ticket is 1.20 €, but there are cards called “Carta Agile”, with 10 journeys for 10€, 21 for 20€ or 35 for 30€

For routes and timetables see the public bus service site at ATAF

Florence does not have a public transport service very efficient so we are organizing a dedicated shuttle service

you will receive more information about that service at your arrival.



Badia Fiesolana – Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014 San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

N.B. The university is composed of several buildings, all immersed in the green hills of Fiesole but not all close each other. The conference will take place at “Villa La Fonte” on the 28th and on the 30th of September and at “Villa Salviati” on the 29th.


Villa “Salviati” , Via Bolognese 156:  Take Line 25 from Via La pira (Near Piazza San Marco) toward  “Pratolino” or “Pian di San Bartolo” and get off at “Il Cionfo 01” (ten stops) on via Bolognese. The entrance is 100 meters ahead.

Villa “La Fonte”, : take Line 7 from Via La Pira toward Fiesole and get off at “San Domenico 01” (sixteen stop), then take the first right after the bus stop.

For routes and timetables see the public bus service site at ATAF



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