Florence is located right at the heart of Tuscany and is a fundamental part of Italian cultural, artistic, and historical identity. Framed into an extraordinary landscape and made immortal by countless paintings, it’s considered the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, and is recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. Florence gave birth to so many foundational artists during the cultural reawakening: Filippo Brunelleschi, who designed the iconic Duomo of Santa Maria del Fiore, the best known symbol of the city. Dante Alighieri, the father of the Italian language. Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Sandro Botticelli and Giorgio Vasari are just a few of the great artists who left their immortal masterpieces here. Craft shops, art galleries, historic markets, and beautifully preserved palaces all create the unique atmosphere and energy that you can only find in Florence. Living in this city for a short time means experiencing in person what others can only study in books. Feeling for yourself the splendor and the history that makes Florence unique in our world will reveal intuitively why so many artists have focused on this distinct, wonderful place. As you walk through the city, using the Duomo as a reference point, you will pass Palazzo Signoria and the Uffizi Gallery, and then make your way across the famous Ponte Vecchio, where a quick stroll down the Arno river toward the San Niccolò neighborhood will lead you into the doors of Il Bisonte, where your Florentine discoveries can come to life.
– Florence Amerigo Vespucci Airport
From the Florence Airport you have two otpions to reach us: you may take a taxi, the ride is about half an hour, cost is fixed, about 30 euro, check with your taxi driver for it and for the credit card is accepted (it should) or you may take the surface train service (tramvia) that takes you to the Santa Maria Novella Train Station. Line T2. The single ticket to and from the Airport costs € 1,50
– By car
From the A1, exit at Firenze Sud. Once on the ring road just off the highway (SP127) take the exit for Viale Europa, after which, without crossing the Arno, follow direction “city center” until you see the ancient tower of St. Niccolò. You can park there (Piazza Poggi) and head by foot to Via San Niccolo, after 100 meters you have arrived.
Coming from the highway Fi-Pi-Li follow the Viali di Circonvallazione” (the avenues ring roads) to the bridge San Niccolò, then cross the river Arno and turn right on Lungarno Cellini towards the city center. Park in Piazza Poggi (where is located the ancient tower St. Niccolò) and walk in Via San Niccolò, the street parallel to Lungarno Serristori. The secretariat of the School and the gallery are located at number 24rosso, after 100 meters on the right.
– By Train
The main stations in Florence are Santa Maria Novella, in the city center, and Campo di Marte station. Generally all trains stop in Santa Maria Novella. From there it is possible to reach the Bisonte in about 20 minutes on foot or take a bus.
All Italian train information can be found at: www.trenitalia.com or www.italotreno.it
Tickets are best purchased at the train station or online. If you buy your ticket on the train, expect to pay a large surcharge. Tickets must always be validated before boarding the train.
– By bus
From Santa Maria Novella Station go to Indipendenza Square and take bus number 23 (direction Nave a Rovezzano).
or from Santa Maria Novella Station go to via Panzani (350mt distance) and take bus C1. The bus stops on Lungarno Diaz. You have to cross Ponte alle Grazie and reach us in Via S. Niccolò ( 300mt away).
From the station Campo di Marte walk to the Leopardi Gramsci stop (about 850 meters) and take bus n.23
The 23 bus stop is right next to the Ponte alle Grazie, or later on the Lungarno Serristori. You can take as reference point to the ancient tower of San Niccolò, located just down the street of the same name and close to our office.
An extensive network of bus lines serves Florence.Bus stops are marked with orange signs (Fermata).On the signs there are the numbers of the buses that correspond to that stop and the directions for the route.Remember: bus tickets can be purchased at most bars, tobacconists and newsstands.Standard tickets cost € 1.20 for a 90-minute ride.You can buy a ticket for four rides for € 4.70.There are tickets valid for 24 hours, three days and seven days.Tickets must always be validated once you get on the bus, beware of fines !!
– By Taxi
Taxis are quite expensive in Italy. Taxis must be booked by phone, they don’t stop on the street. late at night are the only public transport available.These are the numbers to contact them: 055 4390; 055 4242; 055 4798; 055 2001326 ( whose drives only female)
– By Bike
A cheap way to get around the city is to buy a second-hand bike. Florence has many cycle paths (the asphalt is dark red) but not throughout the city. Beware of traffic, which can be chaotic, but also of pedestrians! Equip your bike with a big lock …. there are skilled thieves around.