Florence airport: all the information you need to know

Italy is easy to be reached by airplane either you come from Europe or from America and Asia. The main airports of Italy are in Rome or Milan, but if you've planned a holiday in Tuscany, our suggestion is to to save time and land directly here. There are two main airports, one is in Pisa and the other one is located in Florence. The largest one is the Galileo Galilei International Airport in Pisa, which is the Mecca for the lovers of low-cost flights and it is one of the closest airports to a city center in Europe. In fact, consider that the world-famous Leaning Tower is only 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) from the airport!
Florence Airport [Photo Credits: weinspitz]
Florence Airport [Photo Credits: weinspitz]
The other smallest but important airport is Florence Peretola ("Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola" in Italian) formerly known as Amerigo Vespucci airport. This name refers to the Italian explorer, navigator and cartographer who discovered America, as the name suggest. The airport is located in the northwestern outskirts of Florence, just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) from the city center.
Departures at Florence Airport [Photo Credits vera__fatina]
Departures at Florence Airport [Photo Credits vera__fatina]
Florence airport has a single runway and after landing planes turn around at the end of the runway, then taxi back down the runway to reach the parking area and terminal, as is common with smaller airports. Nevertheless, over the years the passenger traffic has constantly increased and the airport has been expanded.
Outside Florence airport
Outside Florence airport
The airport provides special assistance to disabled, senior citizens and unaccompanied children (up to the age of 12). Facilities for disabled passengers are available, such as wheel chairs, free medical and paramedical assistance, toilettes, telephone booths and parking spaces in addition to an embarking/disembarking elevator vehicle. An assistance request facility is located outside of the departure terminal.
Departures at Florence Airport
Departures at Florence Airport
Opening hours The airport is open to the public from 5:30am to 12 am but from 11 pm to 12 am is available only for scheduled landing traffic. Check-in The departure terminal opens at 5am and it has 23 check-in desks for both direct connections and flights with intermediate stops, as long as they are operated by the same carrier or by other carriers with commercial agreements. Shopping If you have plenty of time before take-off have a look to the shops. There's a gallery near check-in area of the airport departures or two duty free inside the boarding area that runs daily from 6/7am to 6.30/8pm (depending on the shop). Information desk The information desk is located near the arrival terminal and it is open from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm providing tourist information and real time information on flight arrivals and departures, as well as information on lost baggage. Connections The distance from the city center is short and the bus shuttle service reaches Florence in approximately 20 - 25 minutes, depending on the traffic. Tickets can be purchased at the airport at the newsstand or at the library, or on board and it costs 5€. The airport is connected to the city by a bus service from the central railway station that runs every half hour. Taxis riding to Florence's historical city center have a fixed fare of €20 (holidays €22 and between 22pm to 6am is €23). Watch out, the cars with the "NCC" sign are not taxis (taxis are white) but are private drivers. The Florence airport also has direct access to the Firenze-Pisa A11 motorway as well as to the A1 "Autostrada del Sole" highway.
Florence Airport by night
Florence Airport by night
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