The Florence Airport-Peretola is an airport located close to Florence, a major tourism destination in Italy. It is named after Florence, but is administratively located within the territory of Sesto Fiorentino, and is the smaller of the two main airports in the Tuscany region, the larger being the Galileo Galilei International Airport. Also called the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, it serves almost two million passengers every year, and is operated by Aeroporto di Firenze. It is the hub for Italian airline Vueling, and is considered as a public and commercial airport.
The Florence Airport-Peretola is a relatively small airport with a single runway and the main taxiway is situated at the end of runway 05, with an overshoot/holding area at the end of runway 23. It also has only one terminal, with both departure and arrival halls housed in one building.
The airport is reachable via local public transportation (bus service) operated by the local ATAF, a Florence city bus company. Plans to connect the Florence lightrail network (new line 2) will have a terminal at the airport.
What to see & do
Uffizi Gallery – Uffizi Gallery is one of the world's most famous fine art museums with collections of Renaissance paintings and sculptures from the Classical age, including Sandro Boticelli's The Birth of Venus and Primavera, Titians's Venus of Urbino, and many others. Long lines usually plague travellers who dare visit the place, but this can be skipped by reserving earlier through phone or online. Allot at least 12-24 hours for tickets to be processed.
The National Museum of Bargello – The museum houses one of the best examples of Renaissance and Mannerist sculpture. Works from Michelangelo, Donatello, Ammannati, Bandinelli, Andrea and Jacopo Sansovino, Settignano, Giambologna, and Rossellino can be admired here.
Gucci Museum – A new addition to the vast array of museums in the area, the Gucci Museum in Piazza Signoria can fill a few hours with enjoyment and excitement, especially for fashion gurus and aspiring fashionistas. Taken from its name, it displays a collection of all styles created by the Italian fashion brand Gucci, originally founded in
Florence by Guccio Gucci.
Duomo di Firenze – The Santa Maria del Fiore or the Duomo di Firenze is the city's beautiful cathedral, and is
known as the symbol of Florence. It is known for its huge dome which was an engineering feat of the renaissance, created by Brunelleschi.
Santa Croche – Another church in Florence, it contains the monumental tombs of Galileo Galilei, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante Alighieri, and many other notable persons as part of its artistic decorations. Within the vicinity, the Pazzi Chapel, a perfectly symmetrical example of neo-Classic Renaissance architecture, and the Museo dell'Opera di Santa Croce, where the flood-damaged but still beautiful Crucifix created by Cimbaue (Giotto's teacher), which has become both the symbol of the flooding of Firenze in 1966 and of its recovery from the disaster, can also be visited.
How to get around within Florence
Getting around Florence on a short trip is easier when a traveller has the Firenze Card. The Firenze Card provides its owners a 72-hour privilege and access to about 30 museums, and free use of the public transport. If travelling without it, the city has a treasure chest of ways to get around – so no worries! Walking, biking, taxis, buses, trams, and cars are all available for the taking – but it is suggested that if travelling short distances, it is best to walk, to get to know the city better. Additionally, travellers who walk tend to discover hidden hole-in-the-wall eateries and other establishments which may come handy during the duration of the trip.
How to get there
The Florence Airport-Peretola, also known as the Amerigo Vespucci Airport, is one of the two main airports serving the Tuscany region of Italy. It directly serves the city of Florence, and is located in the territory of Sesto Fiorentino. Airlines that travel the destination include Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti, Air France, Alitalia, Arkia Israel Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, CityJet, Etihad Regional, Flybe, HOP!, Iberia, KLM, and many more. Destinations are currently limited to European cities such as Dusseldorf, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Bucharest, London, Geneva, and others, but soon flights to and from Asian cities such as Tel Aviv will be available. For areas that do not have direct flights to the airport, travellers may catch flights going to the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport first, then fly or travel by land to Florence in Tuscany.