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Florentine phonetics may sound really strange to you. These indigenous guys speak like a vacuum cleaner. They take the “c” phoneme and eat it. So the “c” disappears from every word. If you want joke with Florentine you can try to ask in the bar: “prego, una hoha hola hon la hannuccia horta”! It means: “please, coke with short straw”.

Sense of humor We are worldwide known for our sense of humor. Roberto Benigni, who directed many movies, like “La vita è bella”(Life is Beautiful), helped to spread our traditional culture. And, at the same time, he contributed to building a stereotype: Northern Italians especially think that Florentines are rowdy

Red numbers Often foreign tourists wander lost in the city centre, searching for hotel or restaurant. If you want to walk easy in Florence, you have to know something about civic numbers: shops, restaurants, hotels have civic red colored numbers; houses, some hotels and others have civic number blue colored. They’re not in sequence, so you can find the same number (but with different color) in different point of the same street! It’s better to watch well on guide or on the map if close to the number is there an “r” (that means “red” number), and if you are colorblind please ask someone…

È©$7©/,.(©$©/2&$/©È When you walk across Florentine food stands, you do notice that there are some dishes that are always suggested by the sellers e.g. ribollita and bollito sandwich.

Ribollita In Florence people love meat. You see lots of Florentines eat meat sandwiches in the streets. But there are traditional vegetable dishes too. Ribollita is the most characteristic: it’s a humble dish, a vegetable and stale bread soup which derives from rural tradition. People call it ribollita because in the past peasants cooked a big quantity of this soup and then they used to boil it again in the following days. Its basic ingredients are black cabbage and beans (if you want to try to cook it, we suggest cannellini variety). This is traditionally a winter dish but you can also find more “fresh” variants which are able to adapt to summer evenings.

sandwich at lunchtime. What is it: you can’t say that “it’s only meat within two slices of bread”. The boiled beef (or veal) meat has to be cooked in a careful way, together with onion, carrots, garlic, stalk celery and aromatic herbs for several hours. Then, when the meat is very soft, you have to slice it in paper thin slices. Bread is covered with sauces: you can put green or red sauces, or even both of them. Green sauce base ingredients are parsley, capers, anchovy filets and plenty of olive oil. Red sauce, instead, is a very spicy tomato based sauce.

Red wine In Florence Chianti wine is popular as beer in Germany or Coke in USA. There are many enoteca where you can drink a little glass of red wine like a real Florentine who loves talking and joking with friends and drinking Chianti.

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Bollito sandwich: it derives from rural tradition too. We said it before, Florence is the “meat city”. And Florence’s citizens like to eat bollito

Tuscan bread is salt-free, a tradition that dates back centuries (Dante mentioned it in the Divine Comedy) to a revolt over its high price.

1 Museo del Novecento Piazza Santa Maria Novella 10 Freshly opened museum in the city with permanent exhibition of contemporary picture works of most important italian painters of XXI century. Last room of museum is dedicated to movies shooted in Florence. MUSEUMS

2 I Panini della Piera Via del Moro 15 The classic sandwiches kiosk. The quality of the ingredients they use is very good quality of ingredients, (they are nearly all fresh, except things like wurstels). Very good hamburgers with various sauces and ingredients prepared by hand (zucchini, onions, peppers, etc..) CHEAP SNACKS

3 Santa Maria Novella Piazza di Santa Maria Novella 18 Is one of the best church in town: wide and rich in works of art. The church front is opened on a big square place of rest for tourist. The admittance is with fee, otherwise you can enjoy the church front: it’s enough. MONUMENTS

4 Museo Ferragamo Piazza Santa Trinita 5r The museum is an exhibition space dedicated to the history and activities of the international fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo, who has designed shoes for Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. Opened in 1995, the museum is housed in the historic headquarters of the medieval Palazzo Spini Ferroni. MUSEUMS

5 Palazzo Strozzi Piazza degli Strozzi One of the masterpieces of Renaissance architecture, Palazzo Strozzi is an exhibition space that annually hosts major art exhibitions ranging from the Renaissance to the

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6 Cinema Odeon Piazza Strozzi Odeon Cinema was originally a theatre. You can guess by looking at the architecture and at the magnificent interiors that are in Liberty Style. You can say it’s an essay cinema: commercial movies aren’t projected. Odeon, instead, is usually the location of many film festivals such as “50 Giorni di Cinema”festival, which takes place in autumn. This is the place for you if you love movie in the original version. There’s a fantastic bistro close to the hall. CINEMA

7 Boutique nadine Lungarno Acciaiuoli 22r Clothing and furnishing accessories. One of the best vintage shop in Florence and one of a kind: a cross between a fashion boutique and a store of modernism. CLOTHING SHOPS

8 Ponte Vecchio The Old Bridge has been rescued by bombs in Second World War and today is the most remarkable bridge not only in Florence. It’s nice to see it by distance and it’s agreeable to walk on it, so you can look at its jewelry windows. The sunset on Ponte Vecchio leaves you breathless. MONUMENTS

9 K2 Via dell’Ariento 23r Unique store specialized in punk clothes and stuff of rock and heavy-metal music. CLOTHING SHOPS

10 Fratelli Zanobini Via Sant’Antonino 47 One of the best enoteca in town. Here it’s possible to taste good red wine or to buy bottles of typical Tuscan wine (Chianti): good idea for gifts, better than souvenirs. SOUVENIRS

Piazza Mercato Centrale This market is built of iron and glass and was designed in 1874 inspired by the Halles in Paris. It was necessary to destroy an entire block to build it. It ‘s the most important market of the city and inside you can find everything. Read the box on the markets to find out what you can find! MARKETS

12 Disco Mastelloni Piazza del Mercato Centrale 21 Vinyl shop with tools for disc-jockey. It is like a gold-mine for people who want makes music by cd, mp3 or other. RECORD SHOPS

13 Trattoria DA MARIo Via Rosina 2r Most of the customers are tourists. Even though, it didn’t lose its typical features. A strong tradition and good quality, these are the characteristics that make this place important. Here I got drunk at lunch time. It was an unforgettable episode! RESTAURANTS

14 Falsi gioielli Via dei Ginori 34 Little shop selling plastic jewelry made with extravagant shapes. Good place to buy presents. CLOTHING SHOPS

15 Palazzo Medici Riccardi Via Cavour 3 The most important example of reinassance architecture, in this building lived Medici’s family. Inside you can appreciate the cloistre and Magi’s Chapel by Benozzo Gozzoli. The chapel has been purchased by Medici for their larger fame and glory, as Magi who visited Jesus in Betlem.

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Via Roma 19/21r One of the most famous clothes shop in Florence. On via Roma its window is really funny with art exhibition, dj set, and other strange stuff on the way. CLOTHING SHOPS

18 Fiaschetteria Nuvoli Piazza dell’Olio 15 What kind of food you’ll find: sandwiches, first courses or appetizers. It is a typical place, informal, with benches and winery. It closes at 9 p.m. o’clock. The owners are Florentine doc. Customers: mixed. STREETFOOD

19 Tabasco piazza Santa Cecilia Disco LGBT near Singoria square. Tabasco gives you good music to dancing and enjoying town. TECHNO/MINIMAL

20 DUE FRATELLINI Via dei Cimatori 38 Its position is strategical. Delicious sandwiches and wine. Once I came here with my sister and her Belgian fiancee as I wanted him to get in touch with typical Florentine atmosphere. People you’ll find in it: all varieties of people STREETFOOD

21 Museo degli Uffizi Piazzale degli Uffizi 6 If you are in Florence you have to visit Uffizi. You can walk by many rooms for this place famous all over the world, to see unique works like Tondo Doni by Michelangelo, Primavera by Botticelli, Annunciazione by Leonardo da Vinci… MUSEUMS

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Piazza Duomo It is one of famous monument of the Renaissance. Its edification began in 1334 by the great Giotto and carried on with his style almost one century until its definitive shape. The Giotto’s tower is in front of San Giovanni Baptistry and at side of Dome. You can go up to the top of tower and swinging over empty space… MONUMENTS

24 David di Michelangelo Piazza della Signoria / Via Ricasoli 60 The David is symbol of Florence all over the world. You can admire it in front of Palazzo Vecchio, in Signoria square, or in Piazzale Michelangelo. But these are two copies of famous sculpture. The original one, carved by Michelangelo out of only enormous piece of marble, is in Accademia Gallery (admittance with fee).

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33 Rock Bottom Via dei Giraldi 16r This shop sells only vinyls from 1993. The best choice in town for vinyl lovers. RECORD SHOPS

34 BRAC Via dei Vagellai 18r Perfect for vegetarians or vegans, a chic restaurant but it easy to afford it. Moreover, prices are low and patisserie is very good. La Brac is also a bookshop dedicated to art, architecture and photography. RESTAURANTS

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Via dei Tavolini The masterpiece is the classic lampredotto sandwich, covered with green and spicy sauce. Every day, however, the customers, both are they regular or occasional, can choose a variant that is being proposed. In summer, for example, they prepare salad with tripe.

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26 Paperback Exchange Via delle Oche 4R A meeting point for the city english-speaker expats and one of the most important independent English-language bookshops in Italy, where exchange books and ideas. BOOKSHOPS

27 zecchi Via dello Studio 19r In the city of art par excellence Zecchi is an institution where you can find paints, brushes, canvases and everything you need to draw, paint, sculpt... ART SHOPS

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Piazza della Repubblica 13/14r In this place you can get in touch with Florence’s history: the cafè walls, in fact are covered with drawings and memories which belong to important artists such as Marinetti.

Close to Duomo square this shop sells t-shirt and typical stuff of italian style, concerning Vespa Piaggio, 500 Fiat and Moto Guzzi. CLOTHING SHOPS

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DEI Via del Proconsolo 12 MA LCO NTE MuA tour of the world in one museum: Anthropological NTI seum is a real surprise for the eyes; it shows habits, weapons, ships, shoes, jewelry by many primitive people of the world. You can see also skulls and mummies, and the remarkable hawaiian collection by James Cook.

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Via Castello d’Altafronte 14r A brand new club, stylish and trendy, Florentine but with an international outlook. The inspiration comes from Miami’s locations: 300 square meters including chandeliers and candles, chairs and fabrics, all in shades of blue. The cocktail bar and champagne are the prelude to the dancing floor.

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In Florence, in fact, many cultural association work hard to prepare their Festival every single year and people commit themselves to pack a qualitatively perfect event. Every month there are music festivals, cinema festivals and multidisciplinary festivals. Here are some examples. BOR Pitti GO L uomo

The building of Florentine power is called also Signoria MERCATO Palace and dominate the place with its magnificent size. SANT We suggest you to come in the palace to see the entrance AMBROGIO cloistre or to drink something in the Cafè. At first floor you can visit Salone dei Cinquecento and museum (with fee).

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paintings, sculptures etc. But, of course, in this city the cultural and artistic movements produce interesting things nowadays too.

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re. I found out, talking to my mother, that when she was teaching in Florence, twenty years ago, she used to have lunch in the same place that I’m going, too. It’s full of customers, usually students and teachers of the nearby university RESTAURANTS

39 Terrazza delle Oblate Via dell’Oriuolo 26 Oblate cafè is a perfect place in summer. Here, on its terrace, you can fight hot and enjoy the dome. From here it seems to be touching the Dome. Free. VIEWPOINTS

40 Gelateria Vivoli Via dell’Isola delle Stinche 7r The oldest gelateria in Florence (Vivoli opened in 1930) is a magnet for all those that wander in the Santa Croce area. “Aranciotti chocolate” and “Florentine cream” should be enjoyed! ICECREAMS

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36 bebop Via dei Servi 76 CRISTINA: I chose it because I love live music. Once a week they organize a special event. Moreover, on tuesdays they organize a party dedicated to Beatles. I remember once I came to party there and the evening was dedicated to Queen. The cover band not only played beautifully, but they prepared perfectly costumes and make up. LIVE MUSIC

37 galleria dell’accademia Via Ricasoli 58-60 It’s here that you can see the real Michelangelo’s David instead of the copy of in Piazza della Signoria. Michelangelo here is the star, with six other works, including “The prisons”. MUSEUMS

The old theater in Italy: the palace, in fact, dates back 1600 century. When you get in it to enjoy a play or an exhibition, you can breathe the noble atmosphere. Even though the Theater has been restored in some parts, most part of the ancient architecture still exists! Every year the program includes classical theatrical performance as well as modern ones. Good scheduling about prose and special events for American students. THEATRE

42 Teatro Verdi via Ghibellina 101 Here you can see big concert of pop and classical music, and events of dance. THEATRE

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Fiorentina is the name of the steak, and it’s also the name of the local soccer team. Florentines love their team and the color of the flag: violet. They call soccer team “la Viola” (violet in english), and when they want to explain their membership they say: “I am Viola”.

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To enjoy Florence’s atmosphere you have to learn at least a few words. So here is a very short Florentine language course. Bischero/ Bischerate: the first word is an adjective and it means “stupid”. It has an affective nuance. Usually we use it to address our friends. You can flick the cheek of one of your new friends and say “Te sei proprio un bischero”. The second words means “foolish things”. As we said before, we love to make jokes. When we’re in town and we’d like to behave like adolescents we say we’re going to do some “bischerate”. Maremma: the meaning of this word, more or less, is “Damn!”. People utter this word to communicate they’re really bothered. Better to keep away from them.

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Visiting Florence is like becoming part of history. The City of Renaissance is one of the few widespread muS.FREDIANO IN CESTELLO seums in the world, actually the whole city is an Unesco World Heritage Centre. You can’t have seen true beauty if you have never seen Florence. To act like a local in Florence first you should be open to eating meat and drinking red wine, because Florentines love to cook traditional dishes and, most of all, to eat them! They consider food among the first pleasures in life. BOR GO So we suggest going to “Mercato Centrale” to see the real morning life in town. SAN LOR ENZ Florence by night becomes a big place where drinking is the way to get to know people, chatting and joking in O bars or bistros along Arno River, where you can try the true Florentine enchantment.

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44 PINO SANDWICH Via Verdi 36r MARTINE: It’s in the city centre so it’s handy for tourists. It’s designed for the visitors who’d like to have a fast meal. You can take away your food. Low prices and very good sandwiches. My father, who works nearby, often phones to the restaurant to order 15 min before he arrives. He usually orders a dish of pasta. On Fridays they serve fish. Customer: employees who work nearby and U.S. citizens, who love Pino and treat him like a hero. CHEAP SNACKS

45 Santa Croce Piazza Santa Croce It is a remarkable gothic church that dominates homonym square. Inside are buried some of the most eminent Italians like the great Michelangelo, the politician Machiavelli, the scientist Galileo Galilei, and the inventor of radio, Guglielmo Marconi. The cloistre contains Pazzi Chapel, rare example of reinassance art. MONUMENTS

46 IL PIZZAIUOLO Via de’ Macci 113 If you plan to have dinner here early booking is essential because the place is really small and the customers are very numerous. Everyone talk about their care in creating pizzas. The style of the food (and of the wine) is genuinely Neapolitan. PIZZAS

47 Gelateria PROCOPIO Via Pietrapiana 60 CRISTINA: They prepare homemade ice cream. The quality is very good and I love to eat cream flavors ice cream (e.g. chocolate, hazelnut) because they are very dense. I suggest this place to ice cream lovers who ‘d like to taste new experiences in summer nights. Customers: both tourists and Florence citizens. ICECREAMS

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Via dell’Oriuolo 5 An exclusive “shottini”’s place (high alcohol content cocktails). The best is with banana, poppy seeds, coffee and orange juice. The owner, Eby, looks like Frank Zappa. Maybe he just decided to leave music and to come to Florence to prepare cocktails!

Via dell’Ulivo 6 Historic cinema in downtown lately restored. Don’t be afraid of the interior even though it’s all black: if you’re a movie-addicted we promise you’ll find paradise. Here they project movies in the original version and many documentary films about music. A nice little bar is inside.

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now! Today Florence got many work in progress about urban landscape. The young italian Premier, Matteo Renzi is the exMayor of town. He continues to take care of Florence by his new commitment in Rome.

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Piazza de Pitti Pitti is the reinassance greater palace. Its square is relaxing and the ideal place for tanning during summer. Inside you can visit some important museums, and you can enter (with fee) in Giardino dei Boboli, real green pearl in the city, with modern and ancient statues.

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Places in Florence · The Wide City 49 Parco delle Cascine The biggest city park, a green oasis where playing frisbee, soccer, rugby, badmington, or having a pic-nic. For lovers it’s easy find a little secluded place. If you are interested in suntan or relax Parco Le Cascine is your place. Near to the city center. PARKS

50 Teatro dell’opera Viale Fratelli Rosselli 7 The Florence Opera House is a new large multi-purpose cultural facility opened in 2014 The complex is equipped with a hall for 1800 seats at the opera house, a concert hall with 1100 seats, an outdoor auditorium for 2000 people. THEATRE

51 Leopolda Viale Fratelli Rosselli 5 It was a railway station in XIX century. Now it hosts festivals and events like Taste (dedicated to food), Fabbrica Europa (Theatre & Mixed Media Festival) and Vintage Club. EXPO

52 Pizzeria FUNICULI’ Via Il Prato 83 This pizzeria can boast decades of history. You will pay a few money to taste an delicious Neapolitan pizza. It think the most funny thing is pizzas’ names. They are all named after famous places or characters bound to Neapolitan history. You can order pizza Vesuvio, pizza De Curtis, Pizza Federico II… Customers: lots of youngsters. And if you’d

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53 Trattoria DA GIORGIO Via Palazzuolo 100 MARTINE: Perfect balance between quality and price. They offer a fixed price menu: at lunch time, you can have first course, second course and wine by paying 12 euros. In the evening you pay just one euro more. The place is comfortable and the owners are very nice. I had lunch here with my father when he came to visit me. People you’ll find in it: mostly students and workers.

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One of the most popular place in “Oltrarno”. In Tasso square there are kids playing, seniors resting on bench, and you could taste an ice-cream under the trees. Places to have a coffee and read a book, write postcards. SQUARES & OPEN PLACES

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Piazza Piattellina 10 LORENZO: A typical restaurant where you can taste all the dishes which belong to our culinary tradition: coccoli stuffed with various meats and stracchino, pappa al pomodoro, ribollita, noodles with truffle…The best dishes are certainly the second courses. The “master dish” to me is Florentine steak (good, big and bloody).

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Historically the first disco in Florence. The legend says that the owners went to USA to take some cues. Florentines call it “U.S.A. extra territory” because Americans are used to hanging out at this disco and the official language they speak in here is American English. We suggest you to come to have fun if you are in your 20’s

58 Twisted Jazz Shop Borgo San Frediano 21 Here you can find jazz and blues vinyl. Good for lovers of that music.

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55 Trattoria SABATINO A simple trattoria with a simple and very limited menu . It’s affordable (4-5 Euros for first course, 5-6 Euros for second course, 4 Euros for dessert). The dishes are always the same, but they are always optimum and faithful to tradition.

Borgo San Frediano 20r La Citè is nothing like a bar. It’s dynamic and open to new experiences so we can say it looks more like a cultural centre. For example, you can have a glass of wine while reading books about travels. You can enjoy live music, as the bar is often set for live concerts. If you’re interested in cultural meeting (such as debates, book presentations etc) this is the place for you.

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via Bolognese 17 / via Vittorio Emanuele The garden houses a masterpiece of iron and glass, the Tepidario Roster, a greenhouse designed in 1880 reminiscent of Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace in London. Currently hosts events of design, fashion, food, and art.

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Piazza Nazario Sauro 25r ALESSANDRA: Great ice cream cones. Hazelnut flavor tastes superb. I remember when I made the tongue piercing: my tongue had become swollen and my friend took me there to cool it.

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61 piazza santo spirito You can sit on the stairs in front of Santo Spirito church to eat sandwich or slice of pizza. This is a real typical italian “piazza”. At night this square jazzes up because it’s full with all kind of bars and pubs for youngsters! SQUARES & OPEN PLACES

62 GUSTA PIZZA Via Maggio 46r ALESSANDRA: The pizza they serve here is delicious. It’s neapolitan pizza, the real one, the one with high edges. It’s a place that I suggest to those who’d like to have a fast meal. Once a friend of mine and I bought some pizza in this place and we ate it on Santo Spirito’s church steps. Customers: both tourists and youngsters

81 BAR NECCHI via de’ Renai 17 This place is a must for Florentine people and for moviegoers. It’s not very important for what it offers in terms of food and beverage, it attracts so many visitors instead because the bar was the location of “Amici miei”, a cult italian movie. BREAKFAST

82 la BEPPA FIORAIA Via dell’Erta Canina 6r Big portions both for what concerns appetizers and first courses. In the summer you can eat in the private garden, a very relaxing place. Customers: mostly Florence’s citizens.

via Nazionale 114 Traditional brewery. The beers they prepare are special and one of the most wanted is “Martellina beer”. There is a saying, here in Florence, which goes like this more or less “You are beautiful, you are pretty after the second “Martellina”. DRINKING

71 il Vegetariano Via delle Ruote 30r LUTATI CIO SA OLUC VIA C In Florence to find a place which serves a wide range of vegetarian dishes is quite uncommon. If you don’t feel like to taste the famous Fiorentina steak then come to this place and serve yourself! Here they won’t stare at you like as if you were an alien. RESTAURANTS

72 FARMACIA DEI SANI Piazza Giorgini 7a LORENZO: They often organize events like this: you buy a pass and then you can drink lots of free cocktails (more than the agreed ones) . My memories are covered by alcohol dizziness! Customers: youngsters DRINKING

73 KITSCH Deux Via San Gallo 22 They offer you an enormous buffet where you can find all sort of food. You can eat until you burst. I remember with joy this place because my friends and I always have lot of fun. Customers: Florentines and Americans. RESTAURANTS

74 JAZZ CLUB Via Nuova De’ Caccini 3 Many interesting bands coming from all over Italy which play their music. You need a card to get in (5 €). When you buy your card for the first time you can have a free drink. JAZZ/BLUES

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Via Tavanti 19 Contemporary art space, expos and other events, which take place every month, contribute to grow the gallery and make it a conscious culture sharing space. It’s a collaborative gallery: it’s open to everyone who’d like to participate and to expose some work of art.

Going to Fiesole by bus is easy (1,20 euro). This village is 7 km distance from Florence and here you can see the best panorama on the Florentine plain. It could be funny to have a drink in Mino da Fiesole square or to visit Teatro Romano. VIEWPOINTS

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Via Michele Mercati, il Poggetto Big hall dedicates to live music with schedule of many musical genres. The site is out of the city center (to Careggi),

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70 Pizzeria SPERA Via della Cernaia 9 LORENZO: It’s cheap: margherita, napoli and red pizzas cost 3,50 € LUNGARNO each. The pizza they serve here is different FRANCESCO FERRUCCI from the others, as it’s the neapolitan one, the real pizza. I usually order “4 flavors” pizza. Customers: mostly Florence citizens. VIA GIAMPAOLO ORSINI

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84 FUORI PORTA Via del Monte alle Croci 10r It’s not very handy as it’s not in the city centre, but if you ‘d like to try a different pre-dinner, this is the place. It’s a very characteristic place just outside porta San Niccolò. I chose this location to celebrate my degree. Customers: mostly youngsters.

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Via San Zanobi 32r It’s a photography school and a gallery of contemporary photographic works, definitely a must for young people who want to become photoreporter or fashion photographer.

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Lungarno Serristori 3r It’s a very small place and it’s reserved to party addicted. The music they play here is very particular: disco russian, electro music and so on. People you’ll find in it: more or less the same people who go to Tabasco club.

Via Manzoni There are many parks in Florence where you can seek refuge from summer heat and Villa Ventaglio is one of them. The building is very ancient (XV century) and the park became public in the ‘60s. It’s an English style park. The park is a little bit different from the others as you can’t play football or volleyball or take your dog for a walk.

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80 Le Murate Piazza delle Murate An old jail now is a meeting place with bistrot, cinema hall. During the summer every night Le Murate sets up dj set, or concerts. The best open space in town for young people.

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Want to feel like Helena Bonham Carter in “A room with a view”? Just hop on the hills of Florence, and you will have a fantastic view, even without the room!

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Via Giardino Serristori, 13/r Formerly a print shop from 1959, reinvented its identity in 1983, becoming an art school and non profit cultural centre. In a few years its importance has reached international level. In 2014 it still offers a high quality education and organizes exhibitions focusing on graphic arts.

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78 Nencioni bakery Via Pietrapiana 24/r I chose this place because it’s in the historical city centre. Mignon patisserie costs 0,50 cent per piece. I love semolina fondant chocolate cake that they prepare in this bakery. Here I bought a cake to celebrate my fiansee’s birthday and our guests were pleasantly impressed.

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As it's nearby, do not forget to walk around the Uffizi, this Vasarian construction so serious yet so unconventionally beautiful. Go back to the “lungarno”. Walk along the river, in lungarno “Diaz” and reach Santa Croce's church. There you'll find Cappella de'Pazzi, one of Brunelleschi's most important “fatigue”. Look at its serious yet armonious composition, its solemnity.

How can you resist to fashion’s charm? Italians are worldfamous for their style in dressing. All about Italian fashion is cool: the colors choice, the quality of the fabrics, the richness in details and so on. In Florence you can touch the consistence of fashion!BOFlorence, in particular, has got a long RGO LA C ROC tradition in hats and in leather manufacturing. E PIAZZAcity has lots to offer! Do you want to SoP. ANNIGONI the discover vintage’s shops world or maybe you VIA

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Of course in Florence you can admire the most important example of architecture. These are places that don't age. Ponte Vecchio, we bet, is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about our city. Well, to walk across it in the evening is something amazing!

There is more. Are you a “green lover”? What about a relaxing walk in the park called “Giardino delle Rose” where you can admire beautiful kind of plants and flowers?

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In Second World War nazi-fascist troops destroyed every bridges except Ponte Vecchio, like we can see in Paisà, one of the best Roberto Rossellini’s movie.

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Or else: you would like to admire some of the florentine world-famous sculptures but you do not want to get in the crowd? Then Boboli's garden is the place for you. In Boboli you'll walk among fair Baroque statues and intersting plants.

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Florence seems to be a very busy city but in fact there are different places where you can relax and take a breath: parks. Where are they? You may not be aware of this but there are many in and around the city centre. The biggest one, where Florentines usually spend their summer Sundays, is the park of the Cascine. Here you can have pic-nic with your friends, you can ride your bike .

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In October 1434 took power Cosimo de’ Medici. It was the beginning of Signoria. From here until other 30 years Florence became capital of the Arts coopting the most important artists like Luca della Robbia, Leon Battista Alberti, Beato Angelico, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello. After Cosimo the First was the moment of Lorenzo “Il Magnifico”. During his government born the Renaissance (il Rinascimento), based on solid banking activities. The investment on culture was enormous and opened way to several artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Ghirlandaio.

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In “dei Mille” str. It’s a bit distant from the city centre and its beautiful architectures, but walking is healthy! Seriously, we think this effort is worthwhile. Little price but beautiful rooms. You can choose to pick a double bedroom, a triple bedroom or to sleep in the dormitory. En suite or shared bathroom. The difference from other hostels is that you can have 24/7 support: you’ll always find multilingual staff at the help desk to help you. Not only human beings: their strength point is that if you don’t feel like leaving your Fido at home, they can host your pet too!

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In “della Porcellana” str. Choose this place if you think you can adapt to all kind of situations. This is a cheap place but it’s very nice and uncommon: the rooms, in fact, are vintage style furnished. Alternative but furnished with attention on details, the rooms host single or doublebeds. Free wi-fi, stereo, tv, hair-dryer...lots of amenities! Again, its position is very strategic: it takes only three min walking to reach the railway station. I suggest you to book your room on time because there are only four rooms avilable.

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In “della Condotta” str. The name of this hostel speaks for itself. It’s the place you expect it to be: comfortable rooms, affordable prices. And, what is more, its position is strategic as you can reach Uffizi gallery and Santa Maria del Fiore’s church just in a step (1 min walking). They rent different rooms (2 up to 5 beds) so you can choose this option if you are with your

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In “Santa Caterina d’Alessandria” str. It’s close to Medici’s chapel and S. Lorenzo’s church (5 - 10 min walking). You can also easily find it. All you have to do is to walk out of the station, pick Nazionale street and to and go straight ahead. Plus Florence has a very american style. Modern furniture, very clean place, well prepared personnell. You can choose to sleep in a double-bedroom or in a in a dormitory (6 to 8 people). Each room has an ensuite bathroom.

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Need help to book a room? Want to know more about museums? In Florence there are many tourist infopoints. The most central are: piazza Stazione 4, in front of “Firenze Santa Maria Novella” Railway station, Bigallo, piazza Duomo, corner via Calzaioli, (opening hours: Monday through Saturday: 9am-7pm; Sunday: 9am 2pm) and via Cavour 1r, (next to Palazzo Medici Riccardi All the tourist information you need to organize your stay in Florence are on the official tourist website of Florence www.firenzeturismo.it where you can also download useful, free apps.

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It’s true: you have to be well informed if you’re travelling around Europe and you don’t want to spend lots of money in Florence. Where to sleep, for example, is one of the main problems! Many hotels in this city are stunning but are unaffordable for a young traveller. But don’t worry, in Florence there are beautiful hostels too. Here is a very small selection:

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Florence’s city centre is in large part pedestrian. But if you don’t want to move on feet you can use an evergreen mean of transport: the bike! The Municipality of Florence offers a bike rental service. It takes care of the tourists and has displayed a lot of bikes that tourists can rent. The service costs 2,00 € per hour. Again, if you need to save money choose the daily rent (costs 10,00 €).

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Florence is a super-connected city, you only have to choose where you’d like to go. Train tickets are not so expensive. E.g. you can reach Pisa in one hour and the ticket costs 7,90 €. There is one thing that is not good about italian trains: they are often late!

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INTERNET Florence understands how to be interconnected could be important, so the Municipality of Florence designed a free wi-fi network for tourists. You can use this network for free two hours per day.

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Museums The places of interest of Florence have different opening hours. You may collect the updated museum schedule through the tourist infopoints or download it from www.firenzeturismo.it All the museums offer reductions for students, pupils and large groups. Remember always to take you ID card and/or your students card. Free entrance to all the State and Municipal Museums on the first Sunday of the month. All the churches, included the cathedral, are closed during church services. Supermarkets are open from Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. in the morning to 9 p.m. in the evening. Some mini-market are open till midnight. In some squares (e.g. Piazzale Michelangelo) you may find also kioks where you can buy drinks and snacks. Shops (e.g. fashion shops) open at 9.30 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

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Do you want to take a tour in Florence? Depending on where you'd like to go, you can choose between different meanings of transport: you can travel by tramway or by bus. Where to buy tickets: there are tickets machines next to some of the bus stops (i.e. at the bus station). Did you forget to buy your ticket? Do not worry, you can also use your cell phone to buy it by sending an SMS to ATAF reference number. You can also buy them from the bus driver but you have to pay a tax. Ordinary ticket: costs 1,20 €. Remember: once you get on the bus or on the tramway you have to stamp your ticket. A single ticket is valid for one hour and a half, so do not worry if you have to switch buses to get where you want, you don't need to buy another one. Day ticket: costs 5,00 €. If you will stay more than one day in Florence and you want to save money choose the three-day valid ticket (costs 12,00 €). Are you coming with your family? Then choose the Daily family ticket (costs 6,00 €).

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86 base Via San Niccolò 18r A single tiny room that consistently puts on groundbreaking shows. GALLERIES

87 Piazzale Michelangelo Piazzale Michelangelo It was built to give to the city a great balcony on itself. Piazzale Michelangelo is the perfect place to shoot selfies with your lover. Here Florence, all the city, is the ideal scenery of your romantic moments. VIEWPOINTS

88 EASY LIVING Lungarno Serristori A cool place to have a fresh drink in summer time. Come here if you come to visit Florence in very hot days. The setting is beautiful (Easy living is next to Torre San Niccolò) It’s divided in two parts: one functions as a restaurant. Food is very good (I suggest you to try fried fish). The other one, instead, is the bar. SQUARES & OPEN PLACES

89 Galleria tornabuoni Lungarno Benvenuto Cellini 3 Tornabuoni Art Gallery, founded in Florence in 1981, selects and shows the international avant-garde art of the 20th century (Picasso, Miró, Kandinsky, Dubuffet, Lam, Matta, Christo, Wesselmann, Warhol, Basquiat) along with the leading italian artists: De Chirico, Morandi, Balla, Severini and Sironi. GALLERIES

90 SURF VENTURA club Via Ser Ventura Monachi 21 The owner is just like a “cocktails designer”, always trying new flavors combinations. He’s very friendly with his customers and he loves to speak with them while they’re tasting his brand new cocktails.The doors of this bar (with portholes) make you feel like you reached a different universe. DRINKING

91 Parco dell’anconella The green lung of the south area of Florence is one of the most attractive parks in the city. Each summer it hosts parties and events such as district Cirk Fantastik, a festival of contemporary circus. PARKS

92 Pinocchio Jazz - Circolo Vie Nuove

Via Giannotti 13 Good seasons for jazz music with the best musicians of european afroamerican music. JAZZ/BLUES

Florence Map - Mappa di Firenze made by Locals  

Mappa della città di Firenze indirizzata ad un target internazionale under 35.

Florence Map - Mappa di Firenze made by Locals  

Mappa della città di Firenze indirizzata ad un target internazionale under 35.

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