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From the North (Milan/Venice/Bologna
etc.) or from the South (Rome/Naples etc.)
The best way to reach the Althea from either the North or South
is on the toll motorway called the AUTOSTRADA or A1.
From the Autostrada A1, take the EXIT FIRENZE IMPRUNETA
which is the 2nd exit arriving from ROME ( south ) or the 3rd
exit arriving from Bologna (north).
Follow the directions for CENTRO (city center) which will lead
you to PORTA ROMANA, one of the huge stone gates of the 15th
century walls of Florence.
Pass through the Porta Romana onto the VIA ROMANA. Take the
3rd street on the left, VIA SANTA MARIA, and then the 1st street
on the right, VIA DELLE CALDAIE. The Althea is on the Via Delle
Caldaie at #25, near the end and almost at the next corner with
via del CAMPUCCIO.
From west: Genova / Cinque terre / Versilia / Lucca:
once you reach Firenze dont take the 1st exit Firenze
Nord, but keep driving direction Rome (south) take the exit
FIRENZE IMPRUNETA, than follow the above directions.
SUMMARY: EXIT IMPRUNETA,
FOLLOW THE DIRECTION CENTRO, REACH PORTA ROMANA, TAKE VIA ROMANA,
TAKE THE 3RD LEFT AND THE 1ST RIGHT ONTO #25 VIA DELLE CALDAIE.
Most trains arrive at Florences main train station, FIRENZE
SANTA MARIA NOVELLA (Firenze SMN), except for trains arriving
to Florence between 11:00 PM ~ 12:00 PM and 07:00 these
trains stop at FIRENZE CAMPO MARTE (easier to get a cab from
this station, after midnight the buses are running only once
The Santa Maria Novella station is about 1,3 miles from the
By Taxi from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station:
Exit the train station to the left, close to the pharmacy (Farmacia),
and take a right to the cab stand. The approximate cost to the
Althea is 13 Euro (price may fluctuate regarding day/night/weekend/holiday
fare differences and luggage fees).
By Bus (ATAF) from Firenze Santa Maria Novella train station:
Tickets are sold at tobacconist and news stands
Bus 11 - 36 and 37 - Get out from the train station
turning left (platforms on your back). Immediately out, turn right
and you will see on your left the bus stop.
Bus n 11-36 or 37 follow the same path, ask to the driver for
the second stop of via dei Serragli (it is the third stop after
the bridge "Ponte alla Carraia") than walk in the
same direction as the bus for a few meters until you find the
intersection with Via del Campuccio. Take a left onto Via del
Campuccio, walk to the next intersection and turn right. You
have arrived - congratulations! You are now on Via delle Caldaie,
and the Althea is #25 at the corner with via del Campuccio on
the left sidewalk.
Florences Amerigo Vespucci (PERETOLA) Airport is 7 km
from the center of Florence, and a cab costs approximately 20
Euro to reach the Althea.
Bus #62 goes to the Firenze Santa Maria Novella train
station from the airport. A shuttle service is also provided
by ATAF BUS (orange buses) or SITA BUS (light blue buses) that
will take you to the SITA bus terminal on via Santa Caterina
da Siena close to the train Station.
By Air from PISA
The Pisa Airport is connected to Florence by trains that depart
from a platform in front of the airports exit. Than at
your arrival at the Florences train station take a bus
or a taxi.
By Bus from LUCCA/PISA (LAZZI bus service): These buses
arrive at the Piazza Adua which is a square facing the Firenze
Santa Maria Novella train station.
In front of you and just across the street is the ATAF Bus platform
so follow the same tips to get to the Althea by local bus as
described above or by walking.
By Bus from SIENA (SITA bus service): Out from the building
go left, cross the train station square and reach the 11/36/37
Walking from the Firenze Santa Maria
Novella train station:
Exit the station on the left near the pharmacy (Farmacia), Take
a right and follow the underpass that will take you to the Square
Santa Maria Novella or cross the street and keep going straight
to reach the same square. At the Square Santa Maria Novella
there is a large church of the same name. Across the square
and opposite the church is a building with a porch with huge
arche to the left of the porch is a small square called
OTTAVIANI and Via dei Fossi runs along the left side of the
arched building. Walk down Via dei Fossi and cross the bridge
that you will find in front of you, the PONTE ALLA CARRAIA.
After crossing this bridge, keep going straight past the PIAZZA
NAZARIO SAURO and continue walking down Via Dei Serragli. On
your left you will soon see Via del CAMPUCCIO take this
left and then a right at the first intersection with Via delle
The Althea is located at #25.