At the entrance to Florence, in the characteristic quarter of Oltrarno very close to the Boboli Garden, Pitti Palace and the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Convitto della Calza with its prestigious conference center, is located in a truly strategic position: easily reached from both the tollway and the Santa Maria Novella train station.
From the Santa Maria Novella train station (which is also the terminal for the Florence Airport shuttle) it takes only a few minutes by bus ,while groups arriving to Florence by motor coach will find a comfortable area for loading and unloading right in front of the hotel.
Once you've crossed the Ponte Vecchio, you're immediately in the historic and artistic heart of Florence: Piazza della Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery with a prestigious art gallery that is unique in the world. Just another short walk along Via de Calzaiuoli, one of the most famous shopping areas of Florence (from Piazza della Signoria), and you emerge in front of the Duomo, the Cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria del Fiore. A riot of colored marble covers the mass of the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower, and Brunelleschi's dome, a milestone of the Renaissance and symbol of Florence, towers over the entire complex.
How to reach us
From Florence's Amerigo Vespucci Airport, take the "Vola in Bus" shuttle to the Santa Maria Novella train station. From the station, take one of the following ATAF buses: 36 (to Mulino Nuovo) or 37 (to Galluzzo/Tavarnuzze) and get off in Piazza Della Calza. The Hotel Convitto della Calza faces the piazza at no. 6.
From Santa Maria Novella station take one of the following ATAF buses: 36 (to Mulino Nuovo) or 37 (to Galluzzo/Tavarnuzze) and get off in Piazza Della Calza. The Hotel Convitto della Calza faces the piazza at no. 6.
From the A1 tollway, exit at "Firenze Certosa" and follow the signs for the Centro to Piazzale di Porta Romana. Pass through the ancient gate; the Piazza you come to is Piazza della Calza, you've arrived: the Hotel Convitto della Calza is at no. 6.
For those who prefer the bus, the numbers 36 and 37 that stop a few meters from the Hotel Convitto della Calza, reach the Duomo in 10 minutes and, for getting around the old town center of Florence, there are also the "Bussini" (line D stops at the Pitti Palace), the small buses that circulate in the streets of the old town center and stop near the most famous historic and artistic places.
But the real Florence, the one with narrow lanes that have preserved their fascination intact over the centuries - where you will find the botteghe of the craftsmen, restorers and antique dealers that, for generations, have been handing down the secrets and traditions, from father to son, of the arts of inlaid wood, ceramics, wrought iron, working leather and many others - is in Oltrarno, the quarter that, thanks to its position out of the way of tourist traffic, has remained unchanged.
There are also authentic masterpieces here (less than a fifteen minute walk from the Hotel Convitto della Calza): The Church of the Santo Spirito facing the characteristic piazza of the same name, the work of Brunelleschi, is one of the most beautiful and important of the city and the Renaissance; as are the frescoes of Masaccio in the Brancacci Chapel of the Church of the Carmine, also 10 minutes by foot from the hotel. Also not to be missed, the Deposition of Pontormo, a masterpiece of Mannerism, in the Church of Santa Felicita, very near the Ponte Vecchio. At Via Romana no. 17 (8 minutes on foot from the Convitto della Calza conference center) there's the La Specola Museum, the ancient Imperial Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History of Pietro Leopoldo di Lorena (1775) that houses interesting and curious collections of natural objects and wax models.