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Entry formalities

Nationals of EU Member States and Swiss nationals do not need a visa for stays of less than three months. However, they must be in possession of a valid National Identity Card or Passport.

Passport holders from countries other than EU Member States or Switzerland should consult the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website, which lists the countries whose citizens do not require a visa for short stays. If, on the contrary, you are a citizen of a country that is subject to the visa obligation, please contact the Italian embassy or consulate in your country of residence in order to obtain a visa.:



There are some direct airlines serving Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport: Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Alitalia, Autrian, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, City Jet, Darwin Airline, Hop, KLM, Lufthansa, Meridiana Fly, Fly Niki, Swiss Air, Volotea and Vueling.

If you arrive via Roma airport, you can either reach Florence by high-speed train with Trenitalia Railway Company or by plane with Alitalia airline. You can also arrive via Pisa and Bologna airports and take a direct bus to the Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence with the company Terravision.

You may contact our partner agency DESTINATION PLUS for further information regarding flights, and to organise your flights for groups of more than 10 people:


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The UIA will not provide any shuttle service from the airport and the railway station. You will however be able to get information at the UIA welcome desk at the Amerigo Vespucci airport and at the Santa Maria Novella station. The Florence Amerigo Vespucci airport is located 8 km North of the city centre. It takes around 20 minutes to go from the airport to the city centre by taxi when the traffic is flowing. The cost of the ride is approximately € 20.

The Florence railway station is located in the heart of the city, near the Palazzo dei Congressi and Santa Maria Novella square, where most of the congress hotels are located. Trains depart daily from Florence to regional, national and European destinations.

There are no undergrounds or tramways. However, it is easy to walk around the city thanks to the numerous pedestrian areas. The famous tourist places are very close to each other.


Good to know

Please note that Saturday, November 1 is a very important religious holiday (All Saints’ Day), and that several religious sites will be closed to the visitors in order to celebrate masses.



You can book your accomodation online:

In addition to the hotels selection proposed by DESTINATION PLUS, you have the possibility to book your room in other hotels by visiting the Website: (Code: 14G011)

All the hotels chosen by the UIA are located in the center of Florence, near the famous Santa Maria Novella square and a few minutes’ walk from the Palazzo dei Congressi. We offer special rates, especially negotiated for the UIA Congress. You will find the rates in the registration form. Due to the limited number of rooms and to the fact that preferential rates cannot be guaranteed for more than the number of rooms reserved by the UIA, we recommend that you make your reservations as early as possible with our partner agency, DESTINATION PLUS.

Four Seasons 5*

From: € 335

The Four Seasons Hotel is located in the heart of the largest private garden in Florence. It has 116 luxurious rooms decorated in a Renaissance theme in two different buildings: the Palazzo della Gherardesca and the Conventino.

 Location: Located 3 km from the Palazzo dei Congressi (20 minutes walk or 5 minutes by taxi).

“We liked the wonderful atmosphere of this luxurious and charming Florentine hotel.” DESTINATION PLUS


Grand Hotel Baglioni 4*

From: € 185

Symbol of Florentine hospitality since 1903, the Grand Hotel Baglioni has been the witness of historical and social events. The 193 rooms were renovated recently and decorated in Florentine style. The Grand Hotel Baglioni will be the starting point for all the tours.

Location: Ideally located 450 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (6 minutes walk).

“A key symbol of Florence, full of charm. We liked the old style, the spacious rooms and the wonderful panoramic restaurant.” DESTINATION PLUS


Cerretani MGallery 4* (Club Accor Hotels)

From:  € 205

The Cerretani MGallery Hotel is a modern hotel within a historic building with 84 spacious and well decorated rooms.

Location: Located 750 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (9 minutes walk).

“We liked the outstanding hospitality. Slightly further from the Palazzo dei Congressi than other hotels, it is ideal for delegates wishing to be close to the pedestrian shopping area.”  DESTINATION PLUS


L’Orologio 4* (Why The Best Hotels)

From:  € 200

The decor of L’Orologio Hotel is inspired by watchmaking and a private collection of vintage watches. You will find this decor in each of the 55 elegant rooms overlooking the narrow streets of the historic center of Florence.

Location: Ideally located 550 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (6 minutes walk).

“We liked the unique and luxurious theme of this hotel where we were warmly welcomed.” DESTINATION PLUS


Santa Maria Novella 4* (Why The Best Hotels)

From: € 200

Santa Maria Novella Hotel has 71 rooms decorated in a Florentine style. They offer an exclusive panoramic view over Santa Maria Novella Church and Square.

Location: Ideally located 550 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (6 minutes walk).

“We liked the typical Florentine style of the hotel, the warm welcome and its prestigious services.” DESTINATION PLUS


Grand Hotel Minerva 4*

From:  € 175

The Grand Hotel Minerva is one of the oldest boutique hotels in Florence. It has 102 spacious, luminous and contemporary rooms.

Location: Located 600 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (7 minutes walk).

“We liked the sobriety of the refined and luminous rooms.” DESTINATION PLUS


Hotel Albani Firenze 4*

From: € 175

Palace of the early 20th century, the Hotel Albani Firenze is located in a quiet street, a few steps from Santa Maria Novella train station. The hotel has 102 rooms decorated in a contemporary Florentine spirit.

Location: Ideally located 100 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (1 minute walk).

“We liked the spacious and luminous rooms of this hotel.” DESTINATION PLUS


Rosso 23 3* (Why The Best Hotels)

From: € 125

Decorated in red and grey, Rosso 23 is a modern hotel. With 41 luminous rooms, it is located on the Santa Maria Novella Square.

Location: Ideally located 550 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (6 minutes walk).

“We liked the simple, comfortable and refined rooms of this 3* hotel.” DESTINATION PLUS


Universo 3* (Why The Best Hotels)

From:  € 115

The Universo Hotel, with a design inspired by the 70’s pop culture, is located on the Santa Maria Novella Square. The hotel has 41 rooms with a colorful decoration, some of which have a view over the square.

Location: Ideally located 450 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi (5 minutes walk).

“We liked the friendly welcome and the quality of this hotel which offers a contemporary and original decoration.”  DESTINATION PLUS

Cellai 4*

From:  € 165

Cellai Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel situated in the historic center of Florence, surrounded of monuments, churches and palaces. Each of the 65 rooms has different decoration with unique antique items. They are all really welcoming.
Location: Located 700 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi, 8 minutes’ walk.
Ambasciatori 4*
From:  € 190
Ambasciatori Hotel is an elegant hotel with 145 modern and refined rooms. It is situated near Florence train station and the Santa Maria Novella church.
Location: Located 600 meters from the Palazzo dei Congressi, 7 minutes’ walk.


From Sunday, October 26 to Wednesday 29  > Venice (4 days / 3 nights)



From Sunday, November 2 to Wednesday 5 > Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum (4 days / 3 nights)

For further information please contact our partner agency DESTINATION PLUS.

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