Florence is well-connected with the rest of Italy and with Europe, and is easy to get to by air or land.

1. How to get to Florence
a) By plane:

In the last few years there has been a significant increase in traffic in and out of Florence’s Vespucci Airport, and the infrastructure and facilities are constantly being upgraded. International airports in Pisa and Bologna can also serve to reach Florence from abroad.

b) By train:

Florence is also a key hub on the Italian railway network. It has good connections with the main cities in the north, while to the south Rome is only about an hour and a half away.

2. Public transportation

Public transportation in Florence is widely used. City buses (orange buses, deep purple and white color buses and the newer shocking blue buses ) are run by ATAF and LI-NEA. Ordinary (a single use 90 minute ticket) and multiple-ride tickets (four 90 minute rides on one single ticket) can be purchased from authorized sales points (bars which are coffee shops here, tobacconists, newsagents: anyone with “ATAF” stickers on their shop windows) and from the ATAF booth in Piazza Stazione. At the website: detailed information on bus timetables and routes is available.

3. Accomodation

Florence is an important destination of international tourism, location of the European University Institute and also hosts branches of several prestigious foreign Universities. For these reasons the city is sometimes crowded and is not always easy to find an accommodation. Below are listed some websites that can be of help for searching lodging in Florence:

4. How to get to Unifi

The lab coordinated by Paola Bruni is at Dipartimento di Scienze Biomediche Sperimentali e Cliniche “Mario Serio” ( in Viale GB Morgagni 50, the so called Careggi Area where are present other Departments of the University of Florence in charge of biomedical research and the University hospital.

The area is well connected by bus to downtown and the main railway station (Santa Maria Novella), from where it can be reached in a 20 min ride. Careggi area is at walking distance from the railway station of Firenze Rifredi which has good connections with Florence interland and cities in the Tuscany region.

5. Contact person

For further information please get in touch with Paola Bruni (