visit the amazing sculpture...
visit the amazing sculpture 'David' made by Michelangelo in 1504. It is located in the Galleria dell'Accademia. The statue was first located in the Piazza della Signoria but in 1873 was moved here to protect it. Nowadays there is a copy of it at that square. When Michelangelo made the David he was only 29 years old and became the best sculptor of that time.
Do try to learn a little...
Do try to learn a little Italian, it will be seen as a sign of respect. People become much more helpful once you make an effort.
*It's also important to say hello when you walk into any store or business. I got an extra (embarassingly) big serving of gelati because the countergirl said I was first American with manners to come in that day.
Quarter CPA - CLOSED
Unfortunately Quarter closed some months ago because of the lack of funds. It's sad, but I don't want to remove this tip, because I really would like it to open again soon....
CPA means Centro Produzione Arte.
Quarter is a brand new contemporary art center, opened in December 2004. It was an abandoned mansion before that was occupied and self managed as a social center. Now it is a beatiful area where many important artists already showed their works.
Very kitch and comfortable. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it was a brothel. Like many bars in town, you need a membership card to get in which is 5 euros and you buy it the first time.
Drink the mojitos. Casual
Hello, you must be a tourist!
This restaurant was recommened by the hotel owner and was located just a few steps from the hotel, so we decided to give it a try.
We were not impressed by the fact that almost every customer was a foreigner. We sat next to a British and an American family.
Service was slow and waiters were actually a bit on the rude side. I asked the waiter where the bathroom was, in Italian (I speak fluently, without any noticeable accent) and got a reply in English. They just know who the tourists are...
Food was not really good and one unforgivable thing happened: the pasta was not cooked properly.
I live with an Italian and many of my friends are Italian and they all know the importance of a properly cooked pasta, so do I. This one was undercooked, I am not talking about "al dente" (which is the way I like it), but just a few minutes undercooked. This is just not acceptable and it has NEVER happened to me in any other italian restaurant (in Italy, of course).
My girlfriend had a sallad, which was not very good either.
I think this is enough. Just do yourself a favour and avoid this place.