Visiting Florence


Florence is well connected with the main Italian cities, thanks to the Italian motorway network, thus making it easier to get to the city centre, where the fair & congress center is located.

Click here to get to the Fortezza da Basso.


The main railway station of Santa Maria Novella is located five minutes away on foot from the entrance of Fortezza da Basso. The other two railway stations (Rifredi and Campo di Marte) are at a ten-minute distance from the central railway Station of Santa Maria Novella, or connected to it through local trains and city buses.


Florence is very well connected with all the European hubs of the main Air Alliances, with daily direct flights to and from all main European destinations.

Florence is easy to reach, either flying directly to Florence or through a network of Italian International Airports

A big network of international airports

Florence Airport
The International Florence Airport “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code – FLR) is only 4 km away from the Florence city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Vola in Bus’ shuttle service, connecting the airport to the main railway station of Santa Maria Novella in just 15-20 minutes.

Pisa AirportThe International Airport of Pisa “Galileo Galilei” (IATA code- PSA) is located 80 km from the city centre of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and by Autostradale bus. In addition to scheduled flights, the Pisa Airport also hosts many low-cost companies.

Bologna AirportThe International Airport of Bologna “Guglielmo Marconi” (IATA code- BLQ) can be reached in just 35 minutes from the city of Florence via high-speed trains.

Fortezza Da Basso, a unique location in the heart of Florence

37th International No-Dig 2019 Florence will be held at Fortezza da Basso, a masterpiece of the Renaissance architecture, and the main Congress & Exhibition Center venue in Florence area and central Italy since 1967.

Fortezza da Basso is located in the heart of the city and completely accessible on foot. It is only a few steps away from the Santa Maria Novella Railway Station and only 5 km from the Amerigo Vespucci airport.

Fortezza da Basso has an overall surface of over 80,000 sq m and boasts a vast multi-level surface area, congress halls, break-off meeting rooms, and external outdoor exhibition-sponsor areas, also comprising areas for exhibiting large industrial machinery.

A unique location in the world, combining perfectly restored historic locations with modern, offering a wonderful visual impact of the 16th-century walls on one side of the building.

Access for persons with reduced mobility is guaranteed in all the public areas of the venues.

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Florence has over 14.000 hotel rooms, many of which in walking distance to city centre and venue. Hotels are within walking distance from the Fortezza da Basso conference venue. A wide range of accommodation options available from high quality 5* to budget


2-minute walk to the Conference Venue


10-minute walk to the Conference Venue


5-minute walk to the Conference Venue


10-minute walk to the Conference Venue

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Local sightseeing

Florence is an exquisite concentration of Art, Architecture, Museums and beauty everywhere. An international, safe, walker-friendly city, all sights and key spots are easy to reach by foot.


Attractions Pre & Post Event – Accompanying Persons Programme

Florence offers a variety of unforgettable experiences for delegates and spouses. These range from Florence city centre guided tours, absorbing the art and beauty of museums and churches, to full day and more.

Visa & Travel Information

Visitors from other European Union member countries may enter Italy using either a passport or their national identity document. Visitors from other countries must have a valid passport and a visa if required. Inquiries regarding visas can be directed to Italian diplomatic representatives abroad.

Visas issued by Italian missions abroad allow the bearer access, either for transit or for brief residence (up to 90 days) to Italy or other countries that apply the Schengen Convention, and is called a "Uniform Schengen Visa” (VSU). Likewise, a VSU issued by the diplomatic mission of another Schengen country allows access to Italian soil.

The entry visa for stays of longer than 90 days is called a "National Visa” (NV) and allows long-term residence on the soil of the State that issued it and, as long as it is valid, free circulation for a period of no more than 90 days per half-year on the soil of another Member State.

More information on the Entry Visa: Italian Ministry of Foreigners' Affairs website