Getting to Florence Airport (FLR)
Florence Airport, also known as Amerigo Vespucci Airport or Peretola Airport, is situated approximately 4 km from the city center of Florence, in the territory of Sesto Fiorentino. It is also considered to be one of the two most important airports in Italy’s region of Tuscany. The other airport being Galileo Galilei International Airport, situated nearby Pisa. To the north lies Val di Rose, and to the south one will find Mantignano and Peretola. Ponte a Giogoli and Osmannoro are to the west of the airport.
The major highways which connect Florence to other areas in Tuscany are the A1, or Autostrada del Sole, and the A11, also referred to as the Autostrada Firenze-Mare highway. The airport is found just off the A11. Following this road from the airport will lead you to Prato (8km), Lucca (65km) and Pisa (86km) in a westerly direction. The nearby A1 highway heads towards Arezzo, which is 77km away. Other areas surrounding Florence include Pistoia (24km), Montecatini (36km), Siena (68km), and Carrara and Massa, which are located 117km from the airport. Grosseto is approximately 143km from Florence Airport, while the sea and its ports, Livorno and Piombino, are 115km and 170km away, respectively.
When driving to the airport from the city center of Florence, motorists should drive the length of Viale Guidoni, until reaching the road which leads to the Firenze Nord/Firenze Mare highways (A1 and A11). The airport is then just off the A11, and well signposted from the highways. The signposts will generally read ‘Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola’, or ‘Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci’. The trip by motorcar to the airport shouldn’t be longer than fifteen or twenty minutes, unless the traffic is unusually heavily congested.
The airport’s postal address is Via del Termine, 11 – 50127 Florence. The coordinates for the airport can be noted as LAT 43°48'35"N - LONG 11°12'14"E. Motorists will find adequate parking facilities on site as well.
Amerigo Vespucci Airport has had many upgrades, renovations and expansions over the years since it became popular for passenger flights. The terminal buildings and runway have been built and expanded a few times, and the most recent improvements enabled the terminals to handle a total of 2.2 million passengers per year. The Departures terminal now has 23 Check-in desks, and there are ten gates. There are two terminal buildings at Florence Airport, one for Arrivals and one for Departures. Both terminals handle international and domestic flights.
Numerous passenger facilities are available at the airport, including a full-service bank, ATMs and currency exchange services for monetary affairs, a basic first aid station for medical emergencies, a lost property desk and left luggage facilities. Corporate passengers will find the services of the business and conference facilities to be most useful, and can enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in the Sala Masaccio VIP Lounge on the first floor of the Departures area. The VIP lounge offers an office area with computers and internet connections for work purposes, while a TV connected to the satellite networks, newspapers and magazines invite some time for relaxation.
There are plenty of dining and shopping opportunities at the airport. In the landside area of the airport there is the Giunti al Punto, selling tobaccos, books, CDs, tapes and souvenirs, Invista, with a wide range of sunglasses, cameras and gifts, and the Conte of Florence, selling a rich assortment of clothing and accessories. Airside shopping includes Eleganceline with stunning jewelry items, Made In Italy selling clothing accessories for men and women and duty-free beauty and fashion stores. There is also a duty-free food and wine shop. Restaurants available include My Chef, with a variety of sandwiches, salads, pizza and other snack foods.
Florence is accessible for disabled passengers, or individuals with reduced mobility. There are disabled toilet facilities, adapted telephone booths, lifts/elevators to reach the upper airport levels and disabled parking spaces that may be used free of charge, and which are situated close to both terminals.
Other transportation options for passengers traveling to the airport include bus and taxi services. The Sita/ATAF Bus company provides a bus service from the central railway station in Florence to the airport every half an hour. This railway station is the Santa Maria Novella station, located in the center of Florence. Since there is no train station at the airport, passengers arriving by rail can use these buses to reach the airport. Taxis are also available from the central train station, or from any major public area in the city.
Further enquiries can be made at the information points in the Arrivals terminal.