The Secretariat Desk will be open on Monday 4th at 6.30 PM and during program hours.
Please check here to download a list of restaurants most of them located in the Conference Area.
In Semptember, the temperature in Florence is about 20-25 °C (68-77 F) during daytime and 10-15 °C (50-59 F) at night.
The official currency in Italy is the Euro. 1 euro=1,2 USA dollar; 1 euro=0,68 English pound.
Banks and Exchange
Banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm and from 2:30 pm to 16:00 pm.
The electricity supply is 220 volts, 50 Hz. Official plug types are type C (round pin attachment plug), type F ("Schuko" plug) and type L (round pins with round in-line grounding plug). Adapters may be required.
Visas are not required for visitors from most of Europe, the US, Japan and America. For all other countries, visas are issued on reciprocal basis. It is advisable to contact the Italian Embassy or Consulate. On request, a letter of invitation can be issued by the organizing secretariat.
The Internet Point will be located in the congress area. It will be available during program hours to provide email and web access for your convenience.
Free first aid and hospital services are available to all citizens of the Europe who have a special form (E111) issued by the health authority of the relative country.
Visitors from other countries are advised to take out special insurance for the duration of the trip, to avoid the cost of possible medical treatment.
American visitors may find that reimbursement of medical expenses incurred abroad is covered by their private insurance.
Medicines can only be obtained in the pharmacies ( Farmacia , marked by a green or red cross) which are usually open from 8:30 to 13:00 and from 16:30 to 20:00.
At night and on public holidays pharmacies are open; however, you can find a list of those open on said days.
Public phones are available on almost every street corner. Some accept coins but most only accept telephone cards or some new-type credit cards. Call charges depend on the time of day and provider. Usually, peak time is 8:00 to 18:00 working days.
The prefix for Florence is 055. The international code for Italy is 39. To make an international call from Italy start with 00 and add the complete international number.
Florence is fully covered by GSM 900/1800hz Network.
For GSM prices refer to local network:
Telecom Italia Mobile
Italian Time and Date
Florence is located in the Middle European Time Zone, GMT +1.
In Italy all dates are written: day, month, year (thus 07/09/2004 means 7th September 2004).
Service charges are included in your restaurant bill, so you are not expected to tip. It is common practice, however, to leave a small amount. In bars, Italians will usually leave any small change as a tip, but this is by no means obligatory. Tipping taxi drivers is not necessary.
Further Travel Resources
- Timetable for the Italian State Railway Company (FS)
- Timetable for the Italian State Airway Company (Alitalia)
Interesting links on Florence and the Surrounding Area
- Airport Florence
- Florence Tourist Office
- Florence City Page