Romantic and captivating, Florence (Firezne) is utterly irresistible.
Approximate flight time: 2 hours 20 minutes (total distance 842 miles)
No of flights per week: 3
Airlines that fly direct: Jet2.com
No. of Airports in Florence: Amerigo Vespucci Airport
Seasons: High = June - August; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Spend your time eating, shopping and relaxing at Birmingham Airport before you fly to Florence. We’ve got a fantastic selection of restaurants, shops and amenities to keep you entertained before you board your flight to Italy.
If you’d like to spend your time browsing the shops, we’ve got plenty to choose from. Boots has your last-minute health and beauty essentials, including the toothbrush you forgot to pack. We have fashion stores like Superdry and Kurt Geiger and jewellery stores like Pandora and The Watch Collection. Aerospa offers beauty treatments in under 15 minutes, so why not treat yourself before you fly?
Rather spend your time in one of our cafés, bars and restaurants? We’ve got some great restaurants like All Bar One, Giraffe, and even a Wetherspoon. To celebrate your trip to Florence in style, you could head to the Bottega Prosecco Bar for a glass of fizz. You have a choice of Costa, Pret a Manger and Caffé Nero for your morning (or afternoon) cup of joe.
We have four fantastic airport lounges where you can relax for a small fee. Enjoy comfortable seating, unlimited and fast Wi-Fi, runway views and complimentary refreshments.
Getting to the airport is easy. You will find bus services running directly to the airport or to Birmingham International train station. There is a free and frequent Air-Rail from the station which takes you to the terminal in just two minutes. Taxis can drop you right outside departures.
If you’re driving to the airport, you’ll find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily accessible from the terminal by foot or via a free shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
To find out about our other services, head to our terminal facilities page. If you’re heading to Florence on holiday, make the most of your time at the airport with our tips for the leisurely traveller.
Arriving at Pisa Airport
Pisa Airport operates as the main airport for the city of Florence. The train is the most popular travel choice. Journeys last around an hour at most, while tickets cost 2.70€ to Pisa Central Railway Station and 12€ to Santa Maria Novella in Florence. There are two bus companies operating from Pisa airport to Santa Maria Novella station in Florence; Autostradale and Sky Bus Lines Caronna. The two bus lines travel from the airport every 30 to 40 minutes.
For a door to door service, jump in a taxi from the airport.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Florence
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. With a compact historic centre, extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces treat you at every turn.
Italian is the official and most widely spoken language in Florence. However, as Florence is a popular tourist destination, English is spoken in most of the major tourist areas. You could still learn some basic phrases to impress the locals though – si (yes), no (no), per favore (please), prego (you’re welcome), mi scusi (excuse me).
The weather in Florence is mild. During the summer it is usually a pleasant 25°C. For fewer crowds and cooler temperatures, plan to visit in the winter months.
Culture in Florence
Florence is the beating heart of Italian culture, a city where you can spend days gorging on world-class art and gourmet Tuscan cuisine. The Tuscan capital houses precious treasures that represent the legacy of an ancient history paved with monuments, museums, works of art, palaces and churches of the greatest artists of the past; from Michelangelo to Raphael.
Traditional Tuscan food is simple and abundant with local produce, mellow cheeses and grilled meats. Tuscans are also known for their appreciation of beans, as seen in the staple of the Tuscan table: white beans cooked with sage and olive oil. And of course, Tuscany is the home of Chianti wine, so make sure you get a couple of tastings in while you’re there.
There are many festivals that take place in Florence. If you’re visiting Florence for Easter, you will want to check out Scoppio del Carro, or the ‘Explosion of the Cart’, dating back over 350 years. It’s held on Easter Sunday and involves fireworks being set of from an elaborate wagon that was built in 1622.