Conference Venue

The venue of OSS2015 will be the 19th century Villa Vittoria, part of the Palazzo dei Congressi boasts a prestigious auditorium which can host up to 1,000 people, with 920 square metres available for exhibitions, as well as various halls with a capacity from 50 to 200 seats, located on the 4 floors of the villa.

Surrounded by a centuries-old park, Palazzo dei Congressi and the Limonaia (Lemon House) nearby are located in front of Palazzo degli Affari.

How to Reach the Venue

By Plane

Florence is well-served by the international airport ‘Amerigo Vespucci’, located in the north-west suburban area of Florence. There are many airlines arriving there and connecting the city to some of the most important European airports. The airport is only 4 km from the city centre, which can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Vola in Bus’ shuttle service (around 15/20 minutes), connecting the airport to the main central railway station of Santa Maria Novella.

At the airport you can also find the main car rental agencies.
Info: Florence Airport Company: Tel. +39.055.30615 +39.055.30615

The international airport of Pisa is located 80 Km from the city centre of Florence and is connected to the Tuscan capital by train (every hour) and Terravision bus (full flight coverage with 18 return journeys). For information about timetables and fares visit

Info: Pisa International Airport: Tel. +39.050.849300

After the upgrading of the railway line, Florence is well-connected to Rome, in 1 hour and 30 minutes, Milan,  in just 1 hour and 40 minutes, and Bologna (35 minutes). Hence, Milan Linate/Malpensa and Boblogna airports are a stop of easy access to Florence.


By Train

The venue is only 140 meters from the rail station, so you can take a bus with destination Firenze Santa Maria Novella Station, Stazione SMN.

Florence is well-connected with the high-speed trains and it is middle-way between Milan and Rome. Two companies are supplying the service:

City buses (orange buses, the newer models are a deep purple and white color) are run by ATAF and LI-NEA. A single-use ticket is 90 minute and can be purchased from authorized sales points bars, tobacconists or any shop with “ATAF” sticker and from the ATAF booth in Piazza Stazione.