Venue and Accommodation

Conference Place

The conference will be held at the Auditorium al Duomo (Via de' Cerretani 54/R), inside the historic city center (UNESCO World Heritage Site), in a walking distance from the train station and the airport shuttle bus station. Coffee breaks and lunches will be served nearby at Ristorante Sabatini, one of the finest and most traditional restaurants in Florence, exclusively reserved for our conferences.

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WiFi connection to the Internet will be provided at the conference location. Free hotspots are also available in many locations of Florence with 2 hours and 330 MB limits per day (the network name is FirenzeWIFI, no password is required).


Florence Airport (FLR) can be easily reached by plane from all the major airline hubs in Europe. Flights are available, for example, from Paris (Air France), London (British Airways), Amsterdam (KLM), Munich and Frankfurt (Lufthansa), Zurich and Geneva (Swiss), Vienna (Austrian Airlines), Rome (Alitalia), with convenient connections to all destinations worldwide. Direct flights from many cities in Europe are also available with Air Berlin, Brussels Airlines, Darwin Airline, Volotea, Vueling. An airport shuttle bus runs every half hour between the airport and Santa Maria Novella train station in the city center (20m, 10€ roundtrip, for more information check the flyer). The taxi service from the airport to the city center costs about 10€ (one way, 15m without traffic).

Pisa airport (PSA) can be reached from Santa Maria Novella train station by bus (Terravision Bus, every hour, ~1h travel, 9€ roundtrip), or by train (to Pisa station, every half-hour, ~1h travel, 8€) and shuttle (PisaMover Bus from Pisa station to Pisa airport, 8m, 1.30€, every 10m).

Bologna airport (BLQ) can be reached from Santa Maria Novella train station by bus (Appennino shuttle, 90m, 20.00€, every 2h), or by train (to Bologna station, every half hour, 40m travel, 25€) and shuttle (Linea BLQ from Bologna station to Bologna airport, every 15m, 12€, check the timetable).

High speed trains are available to and from Turin (2h40m), Milan (2h), Venice (2h), Padua (1h40m), Bologna (40m), Rome (1h30m), Naples (2h40m), with connections to destinations in northern Europe. For more information: NTV Italo, Frecce Trenitalia.


Florence is a relatively small city (400,000 inhabitants) with an extraordinary artistic, architectural and cultural heritage, attracting about 10,000,000 tourists every year. We suggest you to take some time and see at least some of its sights, indulging in local food and restaurants.

Sights in Florence


We suggest an accommodation in the historic city center, so as to allow you to be as close as possible to the best sights; we strongly recommend to book well in advance. The following is a list of hotels ordered by walking distance from the conference location (see the hotels in a map). Some include promotion codes for discounted rates; more hotels can be found online through or

Apartments for rent can be found on many search engines such as AirBnB, TripAdvisor,, HomeAway, ApartmentsFlorence, OnlyApartments, PortaAlPrato. Also in this case, we suggest to look for an accommodation in the historic city center.