EGS 2018
EGS 2018

About Florence

Florence, one of the most beautiful and visited art cities in the world, is an open-air museum, placed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1982.
The Historic Centre of Florence attracts millions of tourists every year.

In the fifteenth-century Florence, a self-governed, independent city-state with a population of 60.000, became the cradle of Renaissance culture thanks to its writers, painters, architects, and philosophers; Renaissance shifted mankind into the centre of the known cosmos and man became its measure. With such relevant philosophical and scientific inheritance, with its beautiful Mediterranean climate, good and healthy food and great shopping Florence it is the ideal place to host the EGS 2018.

Florence's museums, palaces, and churches house represent some of the greatest artistic treasures in the world. The most popular and important sites in Florence to visit are the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello and the Accademia. The churches of Santa Maria Novella and Santa Croce are veritable art galleries, and the library of San Lorenzo is a magnificent exhibition of Michelangelo's architectural genius. Here you can wander in some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio and experience the "newest" area of Florence, the Oltrarno. You can also spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience an enchanting view of Florence.

Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Local Transportation

Florence is a relatively small city; everything is at walking distance in the city centre. However, an extensive bus transportation net is available. Most of the bus stop at the main railway station and therefore near to the convention venue. Bus tickets can be purchased at most coffee bars and kiosks.

Fares (update May 2017):

  • Tickets valid 90 minutes: 1,50 €
  • Tickets on board: 2 €

Taxis

Getting around the city by taxi is not difficult, but in Italy taxis cannot be flagged down as they pass along the street, taxis are instead "stationed" at special taxi parking stands in most of the major squares in any city and at the airport and they can be requested by phone.

The telephone numbers to dial for calling a taxi are:

  • 0039 055 4242
  • 0039 055 4390
  • 0039 055 4798
  • 0039 055 4499

Climate

Spring in Florence is wonderful, at the end of May daytime temperatures can be around 21-23°C (71-74°F). Even if rare, rainfalls might occur.

Currency and Bank Services

The currency in Italy is Euro.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, generally from 8:30am to 5:00pm. ATMs (cash machines) work 24 hours a day. All banks close down at weekends and on public holidays.
There are plenty of currency exchange offices, banks and cash machines throughout the city.

Electricity

Electricity in Italy conforms to the European standard of 220V to 230V, with a frequency of 50Hz. Wall outlets typically accommodate plugs with two or three round pins (the latter grounded, the former not).

FirenzeCard

FirenzeCard is the official museum pass of the City of Florence. It includes tickets and priority access to museums and unlimited bus travel on ATAF buses for the 72 hours following the validation. It allows free admission for those under 18 years of age who are members of the same family unit of the Firenzecard holder and European Union citizens.

Letters of Invitation & Visa Requirements

Participants are invited to check with their local embassy regarding any Visa requirements to enter the Italian territory.
The Organising Secretariat OIC will accept application for letters of invitation before 15 February 2018. These documents cannot grant any financial support by the organisers.

Shopping

Florence is a shopping paradise, all famous fashion designer have their boutique in Via Tornabuoni or in the streets nearby. Business hours in Florence are from Monday to Saturday, usually from 9.30am to 7.30pm. Most shops in the city centre have longer opening hours and are usually open on Sundays.
Florence is also famous for its fashion design outlets offering discounts; most of them organize transportation from and to the city centre.

Telephone

The international dialling code from abroad is +39. For international calls, dial 00 + national code + area code + personal number.

Time Zone

Florence is in the Central European Time (CET) time zone.