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Flying into Beautiful Florence

One of the most beautiful cities in Italy, Florence, has one airport serving its approximately 370,000 residents. Florence Airport Peretola (FLR) was established for military flights, but quickly began offering civilian flights and retooling for the tourist industry. Though it has just one runway and a single terminal, it handles around two million passengers a year arriving and departing on 22 airlines. Anxious to visit Florence but don't know where to start? This guide will provide you with all the ins and outs of getting there.
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How do I book a flight?

Want to get away to Europe on the cheap? Most flights from the U.S. will run you around $1,500, depending on your city of departure, time of day, and season of the year. If you want to get away to Florence without breaking the bank, try flying during the off-season. Traveling during November through March can drop the price by several hundred dollars.

Some of the most popular airlines flying into Florence include Swiss Air, Alitalia, Lufthansa, KLM, and Air France, among others. The best time to book a flight falls during the winter months, when prices are lower, and the best time to arrive into FLR is midday, when you’ll avoid the morning and evening rush hours.

What’s the best way to get to and from the airport? 

Florence Airport Peretola is about 5 km (or about 3 miles) from city center. A small local bus company operates buses from the airport to the downtown area, dropping you off at the Santa Maria Novella train station. The journey takes around 20 minutes, and buses leave every 30 minutes during the day. A one-way ticket costs 6 euros, or just shy of $7.

Taxis to downtown cost a flat 20 euros, or about $22. Because the airport is so close to city center, most prefer to use this mode of transportation into town. Taxi drivers might charge more for each piece of luggage you have, however. There are also limo pickups available or car rentals. However, driving can get tricky in Florence, since traffic is often congested and parking can be difficult to come by and expensive.

Are there any nearby hotels?

Looking for someplace to rest before embarking on your new adventure? Hotel Airport offers inexpensive accommodations near the airport. This 4-star hotel has 26 air-conditioned rooms with minibars, private balconies, free wireless Internet service, and satellite television. A multilingual front desk staff is ready to attend to your needs 24 hours a day, from child care to safe deposit boxes and directions to your next destination.

Hotel Cosmopolitan is another affordable option near the airport. This charming 4-star hotel features 47 air-conditioned rooms with LCD satellite televisions and minibars, as well as complimentary toiletries and newspapers, an on-site bar and lounge, and free self-parking. Visitors love the helpful staff here and the pastry shop off the lobby.

Why do people travel to Florence?

Italy’s rich history and artistic legacy make it one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Pack good walking shoes, because you’ll want to see as much as you possibly can in the time you’re there. The Basilica di San Lorenzo is one of Florence's oldest churches and the burial place of the Medici family. Built in the 15 century, this architectural marvel is a must-see. Likewise, the Palazzo Vecchio, home of the Medicis and site of Florence’s government for six centuries, has artifacts, sculptures, frescoes, carvings, and intricately painted ceilings.

If you’re an art buff, make sure to explore the Uffizi Gallery, filled with masterworks by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo di Vinci, and Titian. Afterward, stroll through the Boboli Gardens, with pristine paths, statues, and fountains. Finally, people come to Florence for the Tuscan-influenced food. Try Enoteca Pinchiorri or Ora D’Aria, and you will never look at Italian food the same again.

What’s the airport like?

In FLR's single terminal travelers will find two restaurants, as well as several duty-free shops, an information desk about tourism in Florence, and a currency exchange. A VIP lounge offers comfort as you wait. Many amenities are available to meet passengers' needs, including reserved parking, wheelchairs, and ambulifts.

Florence Airport Peretola, though smaller than neighboring Pisa Airport, offers travelers a manageable single terminal and helpful amenities. This is a pleasant stop along your itinerary, with several comfortable hotels located nearby in case of a layover.  

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