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How To Reach Florence
Florence, the capital of Italy’s Tuscany region is brimming with excellent architecture, and a number of places that have historical significance. This beautiful city is well connected with the rest of Italy, as well as Europe and can be reached conveniently by all modes of transportation. Situated in the midst of many national highways and autostradas that pass through, Florence can be easily reached from all directions. The best way to reach Florence is to take a flight, but other ways include travelling by train, by a car or a bus. You can also choose to take the public transportation to reach Florence, which is a more inexpensive and comfortable way to travel.
Read on and learn about some of the most convenient ways to reach the amazing city of Florence.
Situated on the north-west outskirts of Florence in Peretola is the Florence Airport (FLR), which was formerly known as Amerigo Vespucci is the closest from the center of the city and is 4 km away. This airport is connected to various other European cities like Amsterdam, Brussels, Bucharest, London, Munich, Paris and many others by major airlines. FLR also has flights coming from different parts of Italy itself like Bolgna, Turin, Milan Malpensa, and Palermo amongst other cities. Once you reach the airport, you can take a shuttle bus from the airport to the city that will cost 4 Euros. Booking a cab from the airport is also an option, but it is more expensive; you can easily get to the center of the city from this airport by a cab in about 20 minutes by paying a fare of 20 Euros.
If you are coming from Milan, which is located in northern Italy, you can take the A1 autostrada that starts from the northern region of Italy and passes through Bologna to reach Florence. The distance from Bologna is about 120 km and the roads are etched with absolute scenic beauty. If you are driving from the French Coast or Genoa, you can take the A12 autostrada that goes towards Viareggio and then drive up A11, which goes to Florence. If you are driving from Rome, you can take the A1 autostrada northward towards Florence. Throughout the country, you can find picturesque views that tell you more about the Italian culture.
There are a number of stations in Florence, but the prime one is the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station, situated in the middle of the city. Various trains from different parts of Europe ply to this train station, making it the most important one in Florence. The Firenze Campo di Marte is the second most important railway station serving the city of Florence; trains from here ply to different places in Italy as well as Europe. In fact, there are many small train stations that can be used to reach Florence, depending on which direction you are coming from.
Florence is a major tourist attraction in Italy and hence public transportation is easy to find. If you have a driver’s license, you can rent a car to tour around the city to go sightseeing. You can also hire a cab, which is a more expensive, but quite comfortable. Public transportion like busses are widely used by the locals as well as travelers. Run by the Azienda Trasporti Area Fiorentina (ATAF), these busses are orange, deep purple or white in colour and transport passengers from one place to another inside Florence. This is an inexpensive option and the busses are quite comfortable as well.