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How to arrive to Florence by train !



There are three railway stations in Florence: Riffredi, Campo di Marte and the main station Santa Maria Novella, which is located in the heart of the old town and has frequent connections to the other two stations. The former Leopolda station has been converted into an exhibition centre.


Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station (Fi SMN)

This is one of the 13 biggest stations of the Italian railway network It is located a few steps away from the church of Santa Maria Novella. Inaugurated on 30th October 1935, the station was designed by a team of architects who won a public tender. Beside the main architect Giovanni Michelucci, the project saw the contribution of other  important artists like Berardi, Gamberini, Guarnieri and Lusanna. Inside, the building plays host to  sculptures by Italo Griselli as well as some paintings by Ottone Rosai and Mario Romoli.


The station is provided with ticket office (6 am-22 pm) and  automatic ticket machine. The train information office is situated in proximity of the ticket office, with the following working hours: 7 am-21 pm.
Tel. 055.23.52.595.


For info on timetables, fares, booking and promotions you can call Trenitalia Call center (89.20.21) or consult the website:  http://www.trenitalia.it.
A luggage deposit is also present inside Santa Maria Novella train station
Toilets  are located in various parts of the station

Connections and car park
The train station Santa Maria Novella is one of Italy’s main stations, with interconnections to many domestic and European destinations. A special bond exists between the station and Pisa airport. In fact, at Santa Maria Novella you can find a special air terminal called Pisa air Terminal, where it is possible check-in for flights departing from Pisa Galileo airport (working hours 6.30 am - 15.30pm)
Santa Maria Novella is in the middle of a large network of urban and extra urban lines, with buses of the company ATAF and coaches of SITA and LAZZI. Also, the station is provided with an underground car park which is clearly signalled. The car park is separated from the train station through the shopping gallery and it is accessible by means of lifts, tapis roulants and stairs.


Disabled people
The majority of Eurostar trains and the 900 national trains are provided with seats for disabled passengers. The station is not yet provided with services for disabled people. Be aware that access to the station from Via Alamanni is through a large flight of steps, and there are steps also on the other entrances. As for the shopping gallery, a ramp on the side of Via Alamanni is present, but not on the other entrances. 


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A Congress Centre is located very close to the train station in Piazza Adua. Also very close lies the Fortezza da Basso, (300 m from Piazza Adua, turn on the left and you get straight to the visitors entrance of the exhibition centre). The congress centre plays host to several fairs, workshops and exhibitions like Pitti Immagine.

 

Car rental

Not far from the train station, in via della Scala, you can find the office of AVIS, a car rental company. In order to get there you’ d better leave your luggage at the deposit and walk the 3 km distance, or else take a taxi

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