The enchanting city of Florence in Tuscany is not on major international airline routes but receives many visitors annually through direct and indirect air connections from all over the world. No direct flights are offered from the United States but many airlines offer a one stop journey. These include flights from New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and other major cities, operated by Air Berlin via Dusseldorf, Air France via Paris and Alitalia via Rome. Likewise no direct flights to Florence are available from Australia. However, Alitalia offers services from Sydney to Florence via Abu Dhabi and Rome. From the UK, Vueling operates one or two daily flights from Gatwick for the 2 hour journey. Also British Airways (BA) and CityJet offer departures from London City Airport. Another option is to fly British Airways to nearby Pisa and and then take a train for the one-hour journey on to Florence. Florence Airport (Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR)) known locally as Amerigo Vespucci, is just 4 kilometres from the city centre. Passengers can get into town on the Vola in Bus service operated by SITA Nord in just 20 minutes. The bus runs every 30 minutes during the day to the Santa Maria Novella train station (SMN) in the heart of the city. Many taxis can also be found waiting at the airport.
As the birthplace of the Renaissance and the home of Dante, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and the Medici dynasty, Florence (Firenze) is a city full of history, intrigue and culture. Steeped in romance, it’s a riverside city made for wandering and enjoying the sights of magnificent churches, palaces, and bustling piazzas that date back centuries. Visitors can also browse for locally crafted handicrafts and sample the delightful Florentine cuisine. Another option is to head into the surrounding hills to visit the vineyards and get a grand view of the Cradle of the Renaissance.