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Flying to Florence

Airlines offering direct flights to Florence from the UK include British Airways, Alitalia, easyJet and Jet2.com.

Flight times:

From London – 2 hours 15 minutes; New York – 12 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 18 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 12 hours 50 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours 25 minutes.

Travel by road

Summary:

Italy has an excellent network of autostrade (motorways). The main north-south link is the Autostrada del Sole, which links Milan with Reggio Calabria in the toe of Italy. Speed limits on motorways are 130kph (81mph) for cars of 1100cc or more and 110kph (68mph) for smaller cars. All motorways are tolled. Alternatively, opt for the toll-free stradestatali, which are often fast, multi-lane carriageways. The speed limit is 110kph (68mph).

The minimum age for driving a car is 18 years. UK driving licences and EU licences are valid (UK green licences must be accompanied by an International Driving Permit).

The AA or RAC in Britain and the AAA in America have reciprocal agreements with the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI) (tel: +39 06 491 115; www.aci.it), who provide a useful advisory service as well as dealing with breakdowns.

Emergency breakdown service:

ACI (tel: 803 116).

Routes:

Italy’s central road artery, the A1, links Florence to Milan, Bologna, Rome and Naples. Depending on the direction of approach, access is via the first exit marked ‘Firenze’ (Nord or Sud). From there, signs for the city centre are marked centro. The Autostrada del Mare (A11) is the main road to Pisa and the coast, linking the city to Tuscan towns such as Lucca, Prato and Siena.

Coaches:

International coaches depart from Piazza della Stazione, next to Santa Maria Novella train station. In collaboration with Eurolines (tel: +39 0861 199 1900; www.eurolines.it), the station operates an extensive coach service to major European cities, including Antwerp, Barcelona, Brussels, London, Paris and Prague. For domestic travel, the blue SITA (tel: +39 800 373 760; www.sitabus.it) coaches arrive and depart from Sita Bus Station, Via Santa Caterina da Siena. The fast service to Siena (journey time – 1 hour 15 minutes) is the most direct way for travellers to reach Florence’s medieval neighbour.

Travel by rail

Services:

From London – 2 hours 15 minutes; New York – 12 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 18 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 12 hours 50 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours 25 minutes.

Operators:

From London – 2 hours 15 minutes; New York – 12 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 18 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 12 hours 50 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours 25 minutes.

Journey times:

From London – 2 hours 15 minutes; New York – 12 hours 30 minutes; Los Angeles – 18 hours 50 minutes; Toronto – 12 hours 50 minutes; Sydney – 21 hours 25 minutes.