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How to get to Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort
Villa Tolomei Hotel & Resort is located exactly 2,7 km - 1,5 mile from Ponte Vecchio on the historic city centre of Florence, nestling among the hills of Marignolle and Bellosguardo.
Via S. Maria a Marignolle 10 - 50124 Firenze - ITALIA
GPS DATA: 43.759937° - 11.227585°
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From the Santa Maria Novella station in Florence- 3.5 km away, you can catch the bus n° 36 till Piazza della Calza where you can catch bus n° 42 that stops just in front of the entrance of our Villa Tolomei Hotel.
Alternatively, you can use the taxi service, which costs approximately € 10.
From the A1 motorway take the Florence Scandicci exit (if you drive from north) or Florence Impruneta (if you drive from south) and follow the direction to city center and Porta Romana. When you reach the Piazzale di Porta Romana follow the signs to Villa Tolomei through Via Ugo Foscolo and Via S. Maria a Marignolle, the hotel & resort is after 800 m to the right.
- If you have a SatNav insert the address "Via Santa Maria a Marignolle 10" and please pay attention to narrow streets that it may suggest you as shortest way to get to us. We recommend to set as "pass through" Piazzale di Porta Romana so that you may easily get to Villa Tolomei via S. Maria a Marignolle street.
Florence airport – Peretola “Amerigo Vespucci” (IATA code: FLR; ICAO code: LIRQ): 8 km, approximately 20 mins.
A bus service leaves every 30 minutes from the Florence – Peretola airport to the station of Santa Maria Novella, and from there a taxi will take you to the hotel in 10 minutes. Otherwise, you can reach the Hotel & Resort Villa Tolomei directly by taxi in just 15 minutes for approximately €15.
Pisa airport “Galileo Galilei” (IATA code: PSA; ICAO code: LIRP): 80 km, approximately 50 mins.
Pisa airport has its own railway station with direct links to the main station of Santa Maria Novella in Florence. Alternatively, you can use the direct link to the station of Santa Maria Novella in Florence offered by the Terravision bus service (€ 16 return). You can take a comfortable, 10-minute taxi ride costing approximately € 10 from the station of Santa Maria Novella in Florence to the hotel.