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    Having VT Withdrawals ??

    by sue_stone Written Nov 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you find yourself having VT withdrawals then get yourself to an Internet Cafe fast!!!

    A good one that I have found is Internet Train. It is an Italian wide chain, with 13 branches in Florence.

    Once you register with them, you can then go online at any of their branches with ease, as you can store credit on a handy plastic card that you are issued with.

    We visited the branch at Via dell'Oriuolo 40r to catch up on emails and of course VT!!

    http://www.internettrain.it

    very important place to know!
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    Piazza della Republica and the Arcone ( Big Arch )

    by dvideira Updated May 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The modern Piazza della Republica is on the site of the once Roman Forum.

    One of its greatest attractions is that it contains one of the original "doors" of the city when the city used to be surrounded by a wall.

    Today, the Piazza is the site of great restaurants, hotels and a good bookstore:
    Edison,
    Piazza della Republica 27r
    ( A good store with and a comfortable cafe )

    piazza della republica - florence
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    losing yourself

    by dvideira Updated May 30, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Florence is compact and easy to get around on foot, and walking is definitely the best way to see the city.

    In the central (oldest) part of town, the narrow streets are closed to cars (except police, taxis, and buses in some of them ).

    It is delightful wandering around and being surprised by so many historic buildings.

    In one of these streets ( I don't remember which one ) I found a mark showing the peak the waters reached in 1966, when the banks of the River Arno burst, flooding the city with her muddied waters and devastating homes and artwork.

    streets - florence
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    Scooters

    by dvideira Updated May 30, 2004

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    Favorite thing: As in other Italian cities, motorscooters are very popular in Florence. It's difficult not to notice it... ( you do remember to cross the streets with extreme caution )
    The reason of this is quite obvious....it's easier to go around and to find a parking space.

    scooters in florence
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    Museum of Science

    by EllenH Written Nov 28, 2004

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    Favorite thing: It was starting to rain and it was kind of cold, so we decided to go check out the Museum of Science which is exactly what it is. It is not really a science museum but rather a museum about the history of science. It was entertaining enough and a nice way to pass the hour. They had Galileos telescopes and many early instruments used in electricity and space exploration and chemistry. The guides were very helpful and when they came around they made the self guided tour much more interesting. They didn't allow your camera even in the museum but they did have free lockers to store your things in. It cost us 18 euro for the three of us. And there were no lines and very few people there.

    pictures only allowed outside
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    A perfect guide book

    by christine.j Written May 6, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There are lots of good guide books for Florence and the many museums. One of the best ones was given to me only after our trip, but that's not too bad, as I'm sure I wil be back and it will be very useful then.
    It's called "Just add Water..." and was thought of and written by several authors from the friends of the museums in Florence, the Amici dei Musei Fiorentini. It's on sale in the gift shops in Florence, also - I just checked- at amazon.com.
    The explanations and descriptions are embedded in a story , an uncle is taking his young nephew to Florence. While this story is somewhat unlikely - I have yet to meet a young boy who is SO interested in art and who remembers SO much of what his uncle tells him - this book is an excellent guide to the museums and churches of Florence.
    I thouroughly enjoyed reading it, even it was after our trip there.

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    Streets

    by croisbeauty Updated Sep 23, 2005

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    Favorite thing: There are number of streets in Florence which are of exceptional beauty. Some of them we admire because of its important historical sights or palaces, the others because we were captured by an small "unsignificant" detail.

    Fondest memory: The open picture of this tip shows my favourite street of Florence. I dunno the name of the street, it is not that important to me, all I recall it is close to Spedale degli Innocenti. It is the real gem of the medieval Florence, and that is what counts here.

    The side-street of Florence

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    Medici Family

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Medici family of Florence can be traced back to the end of the 12th century. They were the most influential family in the whole of Italy, with respects to the Albizzi's. The amassed much of the art and wealth of the city and were one of, if not, the richest family in Europe. They came from commoners, so they were generally well-liked by the average citizen.

    With rulers throughout 2 and half centuries, they are the most distinguished family of Florence. No surviving Medici remains...

    Firenze Oozes with History

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    Payphones

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 26, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Payphones in Florence, and most of Italy for that matter, are almost completely worked with calling cards, not coins. The card that can be used are either the insertable cards (normally for local calls) or the access dial cards (normally for overseas calls). To purchase these cards, just go to a Tabbacci Store, marked with a big, black " T ", and ask either for a "Carta internazionale" or "Carta Italia," depending on where you are calling.

    Italian Phone Card (Local)

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    Chill out around the San Lorenzo area

    by MarvintheMartian Written Mar 4, 2004

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    Favorite thing: San Lorenzois the city's second most important church but also a great place to browse for bargains and people watch.
    The San Lorenzo market fills the area around the Church of San Lorenzo. Many stalls sell mid-price leather jackets, shoes, ties, handbags, luggage, t-shirts and cheap clothing.
    The competition for buyers means you may be able to haggle over prices, but be warned that stall holders are hard-nosed.

    Fondest memory: I bought a small credit card size dark brown leather wallet for about €7.
    It's great to be reminded where I got it from each time I use it!

    Looking back on the Market Stalls from San Lorenzo
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    Internet Points

    by Jmill42 Updated Apr 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: One of the better internet companies I used along my trip was Internet Train. They have a few branches in Florence and the service is fast DSL. The computers were fairly good, as well.

    You go in pay money which is credited to a card. You just swipe the card in a reader at the computer and when you are done you take the card with you, and you can come back and just sit down the next time, until the credit is used.

    Computers have MSN Messenger and ICQ and every other chat I could think of.

    Inside Internet Train Cafe (from net)

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    Important Words To Learn

    by ForestqueenNYC Updated Nov 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: There are five important words to add to your Italian vocabulary.

    Permesso- when you want to pass someone or through a crowd of people when you are on the bus and want to get off, for example, use the word permesso. Excuse me just doesn't work as I found out last night.

    Scusa- use this word if you step on someone's foot or bump into them.

    Conto- that is the bill you ask for in a restaurant.

    Per favore- please

    Grazie- thank you.

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    Santa Croce

    by KiNyA Written Jan 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The magnificent Gothic of Santa Croce (1294) contains the tombs of many famous Florentines, including Michelangelo and Galileo. The spacious, airy interior is enhanced by the radiant frescoes of Giotto and his gifted pupil. Taddeo Gaddi, painted early in the 14th century. Incorporated into the cloister beside the church is Brunelleschi's Classical Cappela de' Pazzi, a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. The rest of monastic buildings ranged around the cloister form a museum of religious painting and sculpture.

    The facade was reclad with coloured marble in 1863 paid for by an English benefactor, Francis Sloane.

    Santa Croce
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    The Bargello

    by KiNyA Written Jan 8, 2004

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    Favorite thing: The Bargello was built in 1255 as the city's town hall. It was the the oldest seat of gvernment surviving in Florence. In the 16th century it was the residence of the chief of police and a prison: executions took place here until 1786. After extensive renovation, it became one of Italy's first national museums in 1865. The Bargello houses a superb collection of Florentine Renaissance sculpture, with rooms dedicated to the work of Michelangelo, Donatello, Giambologna and Cellini, as well as a collection of Mannerist bronzes.

    The Bargello
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    Ponte Vecchio.

    by Maurizioago Updated Mar 4, 2009

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    Favorite thing: This bridge was built in 1345 as a replacement for a previous bridge swept away by a flood. The very first bridge existed here before XI century. Ponte Vecchio originally was filled with butchers' shops, blacksmiths and tanners. Because of the stench, Ferdinand I decided to forbid them to work on the bridge. Ponte Vecchio is the only bridge in Florence to survive World War II.

    Both edges of the bridge are lined with jewellery shops.

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