The 2019 EQuIP Certification Course will be held in the Grand Hotel Baglioni, a four star hotel located in the heart of Florence's historic city center, a five minute walk from Florence's historic Duomo. Venue address: Piazza Unita' Italiana, Florence (view on map).
HOTEL WITH NEGOTIATED RATE
Attendees are welcome to stay at the course venue, the Grand Hotel Baglioni, taking advantage of the discounted participant rate (207 Euro single, 237 Euro double). Participants should cite discount rate code EQUIP when booking directly with the hotel on their website. The discount rate code is valid only for the period of the contract 9-12 April 2019. For extending the stay, please contact the hotel's booking office directly by email.
FLORENCE CITY INFORMATION
Getting to Florence
The Florence airport, Firenze Petetola, is a 15-minute taxi ride from the city center and the course venue, Grand Hotel Baglioni.
There is also a local bus and a tram line that run from the airport to the center. Details can be found on the airport website.
The Pisa Airport is a 1 hr and 15 min drive from Florence via train (Pisa Aeroporto to Firenze SMN) or a private bus that takes you directl from the Pisa Airport to the Firenze SMN train station (this train station is directly across from Hotel Baglioni, the course venue.
Florence’s main train station is Firenze Santa Maria Novella (Firenze SMN) and is located across the street from Hotel Baglioni, the course venue (1 minute walk). Italian train schedules can be found on TrenItalia or on the privately run Italo.
Getting Around Florence
City Bus: Florence’s city center is very walkable. The city bus, ATAF, has small electric busses that go through the city center, and larger busses that go to tourist destinations such as Piazzale Michelangelo and Fiesole.
Regional Bus: The regional bus line, SITA, is located in Via Santa Caterina da Siena (just south of train station) and has buses that depart for Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, the Chianti wine country, the designer fashion outlet called “The Mall,” etc.
Taxis: There is a taxi stand in front of the Hotel Baglioni, and across the street at the train station. The hotel can also call a taxi for you. To call a taxi directly (generally come within 5 minutes), dial +39 055/4390 or +39 055/4242.
Florence Sites Not to be Missed
Piazza del Duomo
Piazza della Signoria
Piazza della Repubblica
San Lorenzo Basilica
The Medici Chapel
Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens
Piazza Santa Croce
Piazza Santo Spirito
Santa Maria Novella Basilica
The Uffizi Gallery
The Accademia (Michelangelo’s David), Via Ricasoli 60
The Bargello Museum
Activities & Tours
Signaure Italy: Customized itineraries and boutique tours in and around Florence and throughout Italy. Ask for Elizabeth and mention you’re attending the EQuIP course.
Private walking tours: Freya’s Florence. Freya Middleton, licensed guide, Native English speaker.
Florence museum reservations: http://www.firenzemusei.it/
Opera in Florence: Maggio Musical Fiorentino: Florence’s main opera company.
International Opera Festival in Verona: (2 hrs from Florence): www.arena.it.
Day Trip Ideas
Chianti Wine Tasting & Castle/Cellar Tour: Castello di Verrazzano (30 min from Florence)
Dario Checchini, The Butcher of Panzano in Panzano in Chianti (45 min from Florence)
Pisa & Leaning Tower (1 hr train ride from Florence - Pisa Centrale station)
Siena & San Gimignano (1 hr car or bus ride from Florence)
Venice (2 hr, 15 min train from Florence)
Rome (1.5 hr train from Florence
Lucca (1 hr 15 min train from Florence)
Eating in Florence
Mercato Centrale (large green building in Piazza del Mercato Centrale)
Meat and produce market with traditional food stands on ground floor (Mon-Sat 7:30-2pm)
Gourmet food court (variety of Italian food vendors, wine tastings, etc.) on second floor (Every day 10am-midnight)
Vini e Vecchi Sapori (small, casual trattoria): Traditional Florentine food, great atmosphere, family run. MUST make reservations several days ahead. Few tables and always booked. Via dei Magazzini, 3 Florence, (right near Piazza Signoria) Tel:055 293045 .
Trattoria Mario: One of the most famous restaurants in Florence. Very casual. Family style seating. Open only for lunch M-Sat 12pm-3pm. No reservations, best to get there before 12 to avoid waiting. Via Rosina (corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale)
Trattoria Armando – Traditional tuscan food in elegant setting http://www.trattoria-armando.com/
Coquinarius: . Classic, deliciously prepared Italian food with a twist. Call ahead for reservations: 05572302153, Address: Via delle Oche 15r.
Ristorante del Fagioli: Reasonably-priced, simple, high-quality Tuscan fare. Open for lunch and dinner M-F only. Corso dei Tintori 47r, Tel. 055 244 285. No credit cards. Famous also for bollito and tripe and steak.
For snacks, sandwiches, casual lunches:
I Fratellini: I Fratellini (the little brothers – open since 1875) is a small wine and sandwich bar where locals working in the city center like to go for a quick lunch. No seating. Via dei Cimatori 38r (near Piazza Signoria).
Nerbone: Located in the middle of the bustling farmers’ market (Mercato Centrale). Since 1872 Nerbone has been serving Florentine favorites like bollito, lampredotto, and trippa and is popular with market workers and locals.
Procacci: Elegant snacks. Historical locale where you can get a glass of Prosecco with a few small truffle or foie gras sandwiches. Perfect aperitivo or light lunch. Excellent wines and small dishes served as well. Stand at the bar and eat for quick service. They also have a few tables. http://www.procacci1885.it/en/florence. Via de’ Tornabuoni, 64R.
Bottega del Buon Café: http://www.borgointhecity.com/en/la-bottegadel-buon-caffe/
Ora d’Aria: http://www.oradariaristorante.com/
Carapina: Via Lambertesca, 18 (near Ponte Vecchio)
Edoardo Biologico: Right behind Duomo, on corner of Via Proconsolo.
La Carraia (Piazza Sauro)
Perche No. Via dei Tavolini, 19r (near Piazza Signoria)