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    Most romantic city tour

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    Exploring the city centre in the carriage is the most romantic way of course. Slowly and very comfortable it allows you to take the pictures during the ride. Besides, the coachman is very helpful in giving the informations regarding spots you're passing by. Though, it wont take you to Belvedere and across the Ponte Vecchio.

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    Local bus is very effective

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 2, 2005

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    If arriving by car, the best is to leave it in a hotel garage and use the local bus which cost one euro only for a ride in one direction. Besides, since it has privileged routes for bus only, it is more quicker then the car and can take you everywhere inside the historic centre of the town.

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    To and From Siena and Florence

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Aug 17, 2005

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    If you are going to and from Florence and Siena, the quickest most convenient way is the SITA bus. The Siena bus station is at Piazza Gramsci near the Jolly Hotel (unless that location has been changed) and in Florience it is across from the train station, Santa Maria Novella.

    Make sure you get on the bus that does not stop at every little village. That would be a scenic ride, but takes twice the time. Look for the RAPIDA

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    Saddle up...or just call a cab!

    by LBKesner Updated Aug 3, 2005

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    If scooting around on a Vespa is not your thing, Florence is intrinsically walkable, and if you do need a lift, the taxi drivers are fabulous. When I needed a doctor on New Year’s day, 2002, our driver took us to the hospital, got out and knocked on doors until he found the area that was open on the holiday, and went in with us to explain my symptoms tin Italian to the nurse/receptionist. What service! Also, if you need a taxi and find yourself on a cab-less street, just pop into a hotel and ask a nice clerk or concierge to have one sent; you’ll get a little “reservation” ticket for your taxi. Efficient system.

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    AIRPORT SHUTTLE BUS

    by fgfi Written Jul 27, 2005

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    VOLA IN BUS is the fastest and cheapest way to go to andfrom Florence’s historic city centre and the convention sites.Tickets may be purchased on board, at the Airport, at theSita Bus Station, or at the ATAF Ticket Booth (Central Station).

    Departures from Sita Bus Station (Central Station):

    05:30* 06:00 06:30 07:00 07:3008:00 08:30 09:00 09:30 10:0010:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 12:3013:00 13:30 14:00 14:30 15:0015:30 16:00 16:30 17:00 17:3018:00 18:30 19:00 19:30 20:0021:00* 22:00* 23:00**

    Departures from A. Vespucci Airport:

    06:00 06:30 07:00 07:30 08:0008:30 09:00 09:30 10:00 10:3011:00 11:30 12:00 12:30 13:0013:30 14:00 14:30 15:00 15:3016:00 16:30 17:00 17:30 18:0018:30 19:00 19:30 20:00 20:3021:30* 22:30* 23:30** to P.zza Stazione(Largo Alinari)

    Monthly ATAF bus passes are valid for this service.

    €4,00

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    Carta Agile

    by fgfi Written Jul 27, 2005

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    Agile is the new ATAF smart card that holds within its chip a series of 60 minute tickets: exactly what’s been missing between the four ride ticket and the monthly passes. It’s available in 10.00 and 20.00 denominations and it comes real handy when you want to have a batch of tickets for yourselves and your friends.

    You can get Carta Agile in every newsstand and tabacconist that usually sell Atafa tickets.

    It can be shared by more people.

    E-card available in 2 fares:
    € 10 = 12 tickets/valid 60 minutes
    € 20 = 25 tickets/valid 60 minutes

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    Iris ticket

    by fgfi Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    IRIS TICKET is the new way to discover Florence, Prato and their surroundings: a single ticket, entitling you to free access to all transports in and outside town in the whole territory of the 2 provinces. It is valid on urban buses, extra-urban buses, interregional, regional and direct trains. It also offers discounts in museums, theatres, for exhibitions and other events.
    IRIS TICKET costs 8 Euros for 1 day (children from 4 to 12, 5 Euros - children under 4 travel for free) and 23 Euros for 3 days (reduced 12 Euros). It can be used with the following transport companies: ATAF, CAP, COPIT, SITA, A.L.A., Fratelli Alterini, Fratelli Magherini, Autoservizi Marradi, Autolinee Lazzi, Florentia Bus, Li.nea, Renieri Bus, Puccioni Bus, Trenitalia (Trains IR-R-D 2nd class only). It can be purchased at their ticket offices and at the APT information offices.

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  • Walking is the best way to explore

    by beesaj Written Jul 18, 2005

    Everything is within walking distance. This is what makes Exploring Florence so great is that the main hustle and bustle of town is separated from the touristy areas so you are not holding up the locals and the locals are much nicer in the touristy areas.

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    To Florence by plane

    by HORSCHECK Updated Jul 16, 2005

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    The airport of Florence (Vespucci Airport) is just outside the town.
    Many European low cost airlines fly to nearby Pisa Airport (Galileo Galilei). The Airport of Pisa has an hourly train service to Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence. The trip takes about one hour and costs less than 5 Euro (2003).

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    Not much parking

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 14, 2005

    Parking is a bit of a problem in Florence. As I was driving round Italy, I had no choice but to drive in Florence. I managed to find my hotel but had to park in a car garage which cost 21 euros/day so bear this in mind. Florence is a very compact area so walking around is a good & sensible option.

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    Around florence in two hours!

    by abi_maha Written Jun 18, 2005

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    Please check the direction that the bus is headed in before boarding the bus, otherwise you will be taken on an arduous journey around Florence sometimes even outside florence! It pays to ask the driver before boarding!

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  • Coming into Florence...

    by katincanada Written Apr 24, 2005

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    I think the train is the best way to get into Florence. It is fast, cheap, and safe.
    It is very inexpensive to get to Florence from Rome by train approx. 25-35 euros (depending on what train you take). There is a lot of room for your luggage on a rack above your seat. I took the biggest most possible suitcase, and i still didn't really have a problem with it. (The aisle ways on the train are very narrow, and there are pretty steep stairs to get on (especially with a suitcase). Also, it is very easy to access tickets to the trains, there are ticket booths all over the station.

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    Don't Try To Ride The Bus Free

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    There is no one on the bus to actually take your ticket. It is an honor system to put it into the little machine on the bus that stamps your ticket. Sometimes you are tempted to skip it, and you could easily do so, and save your ticket for the next time. DON'T DO THIS. There may be a checker (or whatever they are called) on the bus and if you are caught you will have to pay a pretty stiff fine. You might even have to go to the police station.

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    bus

    by Azhut Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    The most used mean of transport in Florence. You can go around the city in every place in few minutes. Every tour costs 1 euro and you can stay into the bus for 60 minutes all for 1 euro. Here you can control timetables routes and maps.

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    Fly to Pisa (PSA)

    by kenadams Updated Jan 28, 2005

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    Galileo Galilei airport in Pisa has become one of the busiest destinations for lowcost airlines in Italy. Ryanair now connects Pisa to London (STN), Glasgow Prestwick, Hamburg-Lubeck, Liverpool, Brussels Charleroi, Girona Barcelona and Frakfurt-Hahn.
    Easyjet flies to Paris Orly and Berlin Schoenefeld, Hapag Lloyd Express takes you to Berlin Tegel, Hanover, Stuttgart and Cologne-Bonn. Basiqair flies to Amsterdam and Norwegian to Oslo.
    Seasonal flights to Coventry, Bournemouth and Doncaster Sheffield are available with Thomsonfly .
    Most major airlines, including Air France, Alitalia, British Airways, and Lufthansa (by means of an affiliate, Air Dolomiti) also serve the port.
    A train is available from the airport to Pisa and Florence: tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office, the train departs on the opposite side of the terminal. Remeber to punch your tickets in one of the yellow machines before boarding the train. The cost of the ride to Florence is EUR 5 one way, travel time is one hour and twenty minutes. Pisa airport (PSA) is a better facility than its Florence (FLR) competitor, and it's easier to get to the center of Florence from PSA than it is from FLR.
    Terravision, a Ryanair partner, offers an express bus connection to Florence (SMN train station) for EUR 7.50 one way or EUR 12 round trip. For schedule information and tickets visit Ryanair , click on "Destinations" then on "Express bus connections".

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