The building: Convent of Santa Teresa

The seventh edition of MED Green Forum will be proudly hosted by the University of Florence in an historical building of the city centre: the Convent of Santa Teresa, now site of the university’s Department of Architecture.

Located near the formerly defence wall of the fourteenth century, in the eastern part of the historical centre, the structure dates back at 1620 when it was built as a convent by the will of Maria Francesca Guardi. Church and convent were designed by the Florentine architect Giovanni Coccapani.

In 1808 the convent was closed, then reopened in 1816 hosting a school.

In 1865 the convent was suppressed, and the building was modified, converted into a prison with carpentry, shoemaking, and mechanical workshops. It maintained this function until 1985, when the prisoners were moved to a new prison out from the city centre.

The building was acquired by the University of Florence, restored, and enlarged between 2012 and 2016 by the architect Alberto Breschi to host part of the University’s Architecture Department (DiDA).


Università degli Studi di Firenze – Dipartimento di Architettura DiDA

Via della Mattonaia, 8 50121 – Firenze, Italia

How to get there

Public Transportation – venue nearby stops

Annigoni (Lines C2, C3) then 120 m walking
Niccolini (Lines 6, 14, 17, 23, 31, 32) then 160 m walking
Agnolo (Lines 14, 23, C2, C3) then 350 m walking
Mattonaia (Lines 6, 17, 31, 32) then 150 m walking
Gramsci Porta alla Croce (Lines 8, 13, 14, 23, 31, 32) then 400 m walking
Public Transportation Company for info, timetables and tickets: Autolinee Toscane.

By Train

The two main railway stations are Firenze Santa Maria Novella and Firenze Campo Marte.
From both stations it is possible to reach the venue’s location travelling with Public Transportation.

By Plane

Arrive at Florence airport Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci, then transfer to the city centre with Public Transportation (tram line T2).
Arrive at Rome airport Aeroporto di Roma Fiumicino, then transfer to Florence.
Arrive at Bologna airport Aeroporto di Bologna, then transfer to Florence.

By Coach

Arrive at Villa Costanza coach station, then transfer to the city centre with Public Transportation (tram line T1).

By Car

The city of Florence can be reached by car via the motorway exits Firenze Scandicci, or Sesto Fiorentino, or Firenze Sud.

The venue’s address is in a free-access road. Parking is possible only for a fee at the nearby underground parking Parcheggio Sant’Ambrogio.

Alternatively, from the motorway it is possible to reach Villa Costanza car parking  (motorway exit Villa Costanza). Then transfer to the city centre with Public Transportation (tram line T1).