Mary's House

via Scala, 43, Florence, Italy
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September/October in Florence

by DJStarr

Greetings VT Travelers!
I'm leaving for Tuscany tomorrow evening, and will be in the area until 10/6.
A Few questions -
1. Any bugs to worry about this late in the year? Do I need bug spray?
2. Where's the best place to meet fun locals (30-50) in the evenings in Florence?
3. What's the best way/place for a solo, worldly and funny(!) traveling blonde to connect in a friendly way with locals and fellow travelers (non-sexual)?
4. Do I really need a money belt, or just keep my dollars close to the belt, and not carry a dorky American lady purse?
5. Any area events that I'll not want to miss?

Grazie! Ciao!!!
DJ Starr
San Francisco

Re: September/October in Florence

by leics

Can't help with the fun locals bit, I'm afraid.

Nor the bug spray. I've had no problems (and they like me lots) but haven't visited Florence in September.

Using a money belt is sensible when you're travelling anywhere. I don't use mine once I've arrived, but make sure my money is spread around my person and that extra cash/cards/passport etc are left in the hotel safe. There are opportunistic thieves everywhere, especially in tourist-popular cities, so it's just a matter of not giving them the opportunity.

Re: September/October in Florence

by effeti


as for point 1, i would say no (even if i'm not in tuscany) unless you are one of those real magnet for those little disturbing things

As for #3 i would say... call out for a VT meeting! But I realize it is late, so... sorry, i really can't help.

But i have a dear"worldly and funny(!)" female friend that would be able to connect within 5 minutes even with the walls... Isn't the same for you?


Re: September/October in Florence

by footstool

IMHO i would definitely wear a money belt, or I would secrete my money on my person (inside pants pocket) in some other fashion. Pickpockets are EVERYwhere in Europe.

Re: September/October in Florence

by leics

Have never found this to be a problem at all (single middle-aged female traveller). Anywhere (and the UK has its fair share of petty opportunistic theft: mainland European cities are no worse and no better).

I use normal city common sense and stay alert wherever I go, expecially in crowds.

A moneybelt is a sticky nuisance in the heat, to be honest. And a general nuisance at other times. Neck purses are best avoided, imo, as their strap is very easily cut. Wear handbag (?purse) straps across your body, rather than just over one shoulder and keep nothing of real value within it.

Just distribute what you need in various pockets, don't flash cash or valuables, keep your eyes open and leave what you don't need in the hotel safe. It'll be fine.

Re: September/October in Florence

by footstool

this is a MUCH better photo of you, leics!

Re: September/October in Florence

by leics

I'm trying! :-)

Re: September/October in Florence

by footstool

no, no; you're succeeding!

Travel Tips for Florence

Wash and Dry Laundromats

by mariocibelli

Have locations throughout the city, coin operated laundries with washers and dryers for the unwashed masses.

In the W&D near station watch your bags as sometimes unsavoury characters take bags, also watch your wash as the occassional 'panty raid' has been known to happen!


Instead of saying 'Ciao', it...

by Patricialuv

Instead of saying 'Ciao', it is always better to greet working people (like waiters, store clerks, etc) with Buon Giorno, (good day), Buona Sera (good evening), and Buona Notte (good night). Ciao is more acceptable with people you've already met.

At night make sure you cover your legs, and it's not b/c of some religious reasons. The reason is because only tourists wear shorts, so it's easy to distinguish who's who. I personally wore both shorts and long pants, but at night the temperature drops a good 20 degrees F., so it really is recommedable to wear them anyways.

You will notice how rich in Architecture, Renaissance Art and Historic Scuptures Florence is. I really appreciated the arts and masterpieces more than ever before.

Leather, leather, leather

by Donna_in_India about San Lorenzo Market

The Mercato di San Lorenzo probably has the best leather and clothes bargains in town. Most visitors to Florence make a stop here. The vendors are not overly-aggressive and all I encountered spoke English. You can pick up all kinds of leather goods - coats, wallets, belts, etc, souvenirs, hats, ties, t-shirts, jewellery, etc.

The quality was good - but do compare quality and prices between stalls as they do vary. I bought a perfect small leather backpack-purse that has served me well for years. A good place to wander, the market is open all day.

The covered portion of the market sells brightly colored fruits and vegetables, as well as other foods.

While in the area be sure to visit the church of San Lorenzo/Cappelle Medicee.


2nd Sunday March - 1st Sunday November: daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Monday after 1st Sunday November - Saturday before 2nd Sunday March: Tuesday - Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Walking is the best way to explore

by beesaj

Everything is within walking distance. This is what makes Exploring Florence so great is that the main hustle and bustle of town is separated from the touristy areas so you are not holding up the locals and the locals are much nicer in the touristy areas.

Pizza e Pasta

by felix.austria about Trattoria "Tipica Toscana" Nella

Like the name, a really typical Trattoria having Pizza and Pasta. Was there in November during the week and it was full of local people going there for lunch.

Closed on Sunday
Lunch: 12am - 3pm
Dinner: 7pm - 10,30pm The pizza I took was great.


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