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Event venues

Thursday 10 May

Badia Fiesolana
European University Institute
Via dei Roccettini, 9
50014 San Domenico di Fiesole

How to reach the venue

Friday 11 May

Palazzo Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
50122 Firenze

How to reach the venue

Saturday 12 May

Villa Salviati
Via Bolognese, 156

How to reach the venue

Where to stay

These areas in and around Florence allow for easy access to the conference venues:

  • Florence Historic Centre
  • San Marco – Santissima Annunziata
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Campo di Marte
  • Le Cure and Piazza della Libertà
  • Fiesole
  • San Domenico

Suggested hotel accomodation

Participants are responsible for their own accomodation during their stay in Florence, but The State of the Union team are available to provide you with more information. Get in touch at [email protected].

Hotel Garibaldi Blu, Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze, ph.+39 055 277300, email: [email protected]
Grand Hotel MinervaPiazza Santa Maria Novella 16, Firenze, ph. +39 055 27230,  email: [email protected]
Hotel Cellai
Via 27 Aprile 14, 52/R, Firenze, ph. +39055489291, email: [email protected]
Hotel Lungarno
Borgo S. Jacopo 14, Firenze ph. +39 055 27261, email: [email protected]
Hotel L’Orologio
Piazza Santa Maria Novella 24, Firenze, ph. +39 055 27 73 80, email: [email protected]
Portrait Hotel
Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli 4 Firenze, ph. +39 055 2726 8000, email: [email protected]
Hotel Rosso 23Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 23, Firenze, ph.+39 055 277300, email: [email protected]
Hotel Santa Maria NovellaPiazza di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze, ph.+39 055 271840, email: [email protected]

Near the European University Institute:

Pensione BencistaVia Benedetto da Maiano 4, Fiesole, ph.+39 055 59163, email:  [email protected]
Villa La Stella, Via Iacopone da Todi 12, Firenze, ph. +39 055 5088018, email:  [email protected]

Shuttle bus

A shuttle bus service will operate from the European University Institute (EUI) serving both Piazza Santa Maria Novella (SMN) and Fiesole on the evening of Thursday 10 May and between EUI buildings for the Open Day on Saturday 12 May as follows.

Date          Time      Pick-up location Drop-off location
10 May 19.00-23.00 Badia Fiesolana car park Piazza Santa Maria Novella
12 May 09.30-17.00 Badia Fiesolana car park Villa Salviati (car park and Faentina gate)

General information on local transport

Florence airport is located 8 km from the centre, approx. 30 minutes by taxi or bus. Taxis can normally be found outside the arrival terminal. The airport is also connected to the main railway station by a shuttle bus that leaves every 30 minutes (on the hour and half-hour) and takes 25 minutes. Tickets are available on board for € 6.00.

Taxis:   +39 055 4390 / +39 055 4242

  • From Florence Airport Peretola to downtown Firenze about 25/30 minutes (approx. 25-30 €)
  • From Florence Airport to the European University Institute about 30 minutes (approx 30 €)
  • From Florence central railway station Santa Maria Novella to the European University Institute: about 20-30  minutes (approx. 30-35 €)

Private car

From the A1 Milano-Napoli (Autostrada del Sole), take the Firenze Sud exit and follow directions to the centre of town/Stadio. To reach the EUI, follow Stadio then Fiesole. San Domenico is on the main road to Fiesole. To reach the EUI’s car park (limited access by approval only), you will need to travel north on Via Faentina before turning right on Via della Badia dei Roccettini. The entrance to the EUI is immediately on the right hand side.

Bus to the European University Institute

From Piazza San Marco, take bus no. 7 in the direction ‘Fiesole’ and get off at ‘San Domenico 1 – Università Europea’.  For bus routes and timetables consult:

What to do in Florence 

Exhibitions in Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, Florence:

Nascita di una Nazione. Tra Guttuso, Fontana e Schifano (Down of a Nation. From Gattuso to Fontana and Schifano): curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, the exhibition shows an extraordinary journey between art, politics and society in Italy between the Fifties and Sixties.

The Florence Experiment: a new site-specific project by the artist Carsten Höller and scientist Stefano Mancuso, curated by Arturo Galansino; the exhibition is an experiment that combines art and science.

For further information: (Press Office: Lavinia Rinaldi +39 3385277132).