Venue & City Information

The 2018 Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference will be held 4-8 April 2018 in Florence, Italy at the Firenze Fiera Congress Center.  We look forward to welcoming you to Florence!

Firenze Fiera Congress Center
Located in the heart of Florence at Piazza Adua, 1 – 50123 Firenze, this is a unique congress & exhibition area. It is only a few steps away from the Santa Maria Novella Railway Station and only 5 km from the Amerigo Vespucci Airport.

City of Florence
The Biennial Conference will take place at the Firenze Fiera Congress Center in the heart of Florence, Italy, a city which has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and home of many famous sites including the Ponte Vecciho, Duomo, Bartolomeo Ammanati’s Fountain of Neptune, art galleries including The Uffizi Gallery and Pitti Palace and of course Michelangelo’s famous sculpture, David.

Air Travel and Ground Transportation
Amerigo Vespucci Airport in Florence is 4 km from the city centre and can be easily reached by taxi or with the Ataf/Sita ‘Viola in Bus’ shuttle service, approximately 15 – 20 minutes. The shuttle connects the airport to the central railway station of Santa Maria Novella. Santa Maria Novella station is across the street from the Firenze Fiera Congress Center.

Travelers arriving at Galileo Galilei airport in Pisa can take direct shuttle trains or buses to Santa Maria Novella railway station in Florence.  Approximate travel time is one hour.

For conference attendees arriving at Leonardo da Vinci airport in Rome, trains are available from the airport to Termini train station in Rome.  From Termini train station, travelers can purchase tickets to Santa Maria Novella train station in Florence and arrive in approximately one hour, forty minutes.  Train schedules are available at

April is one of the more favored times of the year to visit because of the Mediterranean climate which averages a high of 68°F/20°C and a low of 46°F/8°C.  View current weather here.  However, please note that it has rained every year we have held the Biennial Meeting so far, so you might want to bring a rain jacket or umbrella.

Other useful links for information about the city of Florence:
Visit Florence
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