Borgo San Lorenzo 26 – 50123 Florence
How to reach the Osservatorio Ximeniano
The nearest airport is Amerigo Vespucci (also called the “Peretola airport” by native Florentines). There are regularly scheduled tram from the airport to the Piazza Stazione bus station. The tram station is adjacent to the Firenze - Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) railway station. The ride takes 22 minutes and costs €1,50. Each tram stop is equipped with automatic machines for the emission of tickets, which allow you to pay with coins and credit cards.
A direct taxi ride from the airport Amerigo Vespucci to the Osservatorio Ximeniano takes approx. 15 mins. and costs €22 +1 Euro each luggage (Sundays/Festivities: €24, Nighttime (10pm-6am): €25,30).
If you land at the airport in Pisa, there is a direct bus connection from the Pisa airport to the Firenze Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) railway station. The journey time is approx. 50 mins. Otherwise, at less than 40 meters from the Passenger Terminal at the Pisa Airport, you can find the new, high-speed, fully automatic People Mover service for direct connections between the Pisa Centrale railway station and the airport. The service is available every day from 6:00 am to 00:00 am. Then you can get to Firenze Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) train station by train. The total journey time is approx. 80 mins.
Florence has three railway stations: the Firenze - Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) main station, the Firenze Rifredi station, and the Firenze Campo di Marte station.
Since the Osservatorio Ximeniano is located just 500 meters away from Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.) train station, you can easily get there by foot. In particular, take the arrival-side exit and turn right going toward Piazza dell'Unità. Once you get there, take the street (Via del Melarancio) between Grand Hotel Baglioni and Grand Hotel Majestic. At the end of the street you will get to the San Lorenzo area. The entrance of the Osservatorio is just in front of the San Lorenzo church.
If coming from Rome the first exit is Firenze Sud. If coming from Milan, Venice, Bologna or Genoa the
first exit is Firenze Nord. If coming from Pisa or Siena the roads will lead directly into the city. After
exiting the motorway, first follow the signs indicating the centre and then the ones indicating S.M.N. train station. At the main station there is a fee-payment car park (quite expensive!) where you have to leave the car since the central area is “off-limits” for the private vehicles.
If you decide to come to Florence by car, the following information may prove useful. It is worth pointing out that the area of greatest tourist interest coincides with the ZTL (‘zona a traffico limitato'), a restricted traffic area controlled by a network of video cameras. If you need to get to pre-booked accommodation, inform the hotel in advance and they will pass on the details of your vehicle (number plate, etc.) to the local city police.