Venue & Travel

Auditorium Santo Stefano Al Ponte

Santo Stefano Square, 1
50122 Florence (FI)



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In the heart of Florence, a few steps from Ponte Vecchio, there is the prestigious Auditorium of Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio. At one time one of the oldest churches in the city, documented as early as 1116, but probably founded long before, was deconsecrated in 1986 due to the depopulation of the historic center. Reopened to the public as Auditorium, Santo Stefano al Ponte Vecchio today contributes to the artistic development of the city thanks to its rich cultural and musical activities.


How to reach Santo Stefano al Ponte

Auditorium Santo Stefano al Ponte is located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, in the small square of the same name Santo Stefano, just 50 meters from the Ponte Vecchio. It is accessed from Via Por Santa Maria.

WALKING: This is the best solution to reach the venue of Santo Stefano Al Ponte. The distance from the railway station is about 1 km (15 minutes walking). We recommend a stroll through the historic center of Florence. Easily accessible from the riversides.

BY TAXI: The taxi rank is located outside the railway station

BY CAR: to enter the center of Florence 's car, you need the special permit issued by the police force. Parking in Florence: Where to park? Click here to see the parking options.

BY PLANE: "Florence Peretola Airport" is located just 5 km from the Florence city centre. From the airport, by public transport, bus services run directly to the city centre. Departures from/to the airport are available on the web site


Hotels (*)


Price: min €100.00 |


Via Luigi Alamanni, 3
50123 Firenze

Tel.+39 055.287421
Fax +39 055.214456



Price: min €90.00 |


Via S. Caterina da Siena, 11 
50123 Firenze

Tel.+39 055.217707
Fax +39 055.284872



Price: from €115.00 |


Via Luigi Alamanni, 3
50123 Firenze

Tel.+39 055.287421
Fax +39 055.214456



Price: from €150.00 to €180.00 |


Piazza della Stazione, 10
50123 Firenze

Tel.+39 055.212244
Fax +39 055.2381973


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(*) For your convenience, we have reserved an alotment of rooms at the above listed hotels. Please use the group code "Liferay Italy Symposium 2013" to reserve your room for a special rate.

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