Also known as Amerigo Vespucci International Airport or Peretola Airport, Florence Airport is the international airport of Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy. Located about four kilometres to the northwest of Florence (Firenze), the airport is close to Campi Bisenzio, San Mauro, and Sesto Fiorentino and is one of the two airports in the region.
While it is a small airport, it had undergone improvements such as restructuring and expansion of terminals, aircraft parking, and other areas which are important in airport operations, and these facility upgrades enabled the airport to significantly increase its passenger capacity.
What to see & do
Florence is considered as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, and its monuments, buildings, cathedrals, and other structures show the history of Florence artwork and architecture. The city is known for popular tourist attractions such as Galleria degli Uffizi (Uffizi) located at the heart of Florence. This is one of the world’s most famous museums, with masterpieces from the Renaissance period and featuring the works of several Italian artists including Botticelli, Giotto, Cimabue, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Raffaello. Other must-see museums are the Accademia Gallery which is home to the famous sculpture David by Michaelangelo, Bargello Museum, and Palazzo Vecchio which has become an important city landmark.
The historic centre of Florence was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by medieval walls built in the 14th century. Piazza della Signoria serves as the focal point of the origin and history of the Florentine Republic. This L-shaped square is a popular meeting place for both locals and tourists.
Like many cities in Italy, Florence houses many churches that showcase works of art by different famous artists. Visitors climb the winding staircases leading to the top of Duomo, the city’s cathedral, to get a view of Florence as well as the Tuscan countryside. Both Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio, a Romanesque fortress-palace overlooking Piazza della Signoria, dominate the Florence skyline and have become notable city landmarks. People also flock the Church of Santa Croche (Holy Cross), Baptistery of St. John located at Piazza del Duomo, and San Lorenzo Church.
How to get around within Florence
Walking is a great option since Florence is relatively small; main tourist attractions are accessible by foot. Many streets are for pedestrians only so driving a car around the city is not advisable. Aside from walking, visitors can rent a bicycle at several points in the city, one of which is at the SMN station. Some hotels offer bike use for free to guests.
Taxi fares in Florence are relatively expensive and getting one from the street curb can be difficult so it is best to call in advance from a hotel or restaurant.
Visitors can ride one of the small electric buses that connect main key areas in the city centre. There are also public buses. Buy tickets at tabacchi or shops that sell tobacco, or inside the bus. Tourists can also take the train that connects Santa Maria Novella station in central Florence and Scandicci, a south-western suburb. This route is more than seven kilometres long with 14 stops.
How to get there
Florence Airport serves as a focus city for Vueling, with flights coming from Barcelona, Bari, Catania, London, Palermo, and Paris, as well as seasonal flights from Berlin, Cagliari, Ibiza, Copenhagen, Madrid, Mykonos, Olbia, Santorini, Split, Valencia, and Tel Aviv. Other airlines that serve the airport also include Air Berlin, Air France, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, CityJet, Etihad Regional, Iberia, KLM, and Swiss International Air Lines, among others.
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