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Meet the parents….in Florence!

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 If you are one of those students lucky enough to not only study abroad in Florence but also have your parents visit you, then naturally you will want to make it worth their money and effort.

What do you do when I genitori arrive? Of course priorities will vary depending on the nature of your family.

Florence Live Events :: April 2009

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Here you are a selection of the main Florence events of April 2009!

Enjoy the sparkling side of the Renaissance with studentsVille.it!;)

..:: SASCHALL ..:: 1 April
Lungarno Aldo Moro,3 – Firenze
Infoline 055 650 4112 – info@saschall.it
Official Saschall website: http://www.saschall.it/
UMBERTO TOZZI in concert
Official website: http://www.umbertotozzi.com/

..:: MANDELA FORUM (ex Palasport) ..:: 1-5 April
Viale Paoli – Firenze
NOTRE DAME DE PARIS
Official websites: http://www.notredamedeparis.it/

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 1-4 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“Suoniemozioni, da Battisti-Mogol aMaria Cassi”

..:: FLOG ..:: 2 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
MUSIC from OUTER SPACE !?!with ZU (punk/impro/jazz) + BACHI DA PIETRA

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 2 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
UNIVERCITY NIGHT……la lotta per la ricerca

..:: TEATRO VERDI ..:: 2-5 April
Via Verdi – Firenze
Official website: http://www.teatroverdifirenze.it/
LE PAROLE CHE NON VI HO DETTO by Enrico Brignano

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 3 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
QUEER ABOARD

..:: FLOG ..:: 3 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
MICHELANGELO BUONARROTI + TRAIN TO ROOTS in concert
Official website: http://michelangelobuonarroti.nethttp://www.traintoroots.it

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 3-4 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
NON CE NE IMPORTA NIENTE with Le Sorelle Marinetti

..:: FLOG ..:: 4 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
I MINISTRI + MARIPOSA. in concert

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 4 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
PROGETTO 33 GUEST DJ’s: Michel Cleis

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 4 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
RIO MEZANINO in concert

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 5 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
ATTENTI A QUEI DUE with Luca Barbarossa and Neri Marcorè

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 6 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
MAX GAZZE’ in concert

..:: MANDELA FORUM (ex Palasport) ..:: 7 April
Viale Paoli – Firenze
CORRADO GUZZANTI in Tour
Official websites: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrado_Guzzanti

..:: FLOG ..:: 7 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
MATCH di IMPROVVISAZIONE TEATRALE

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 7 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“Come diventare sommelier in cinquanta minuti” with Leonardo Romanelli

..:: FLOG ..:: 8 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
MULATU ASTATKE & the HELIOCENTICS in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 8 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Dario Yassa in concert

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 8-9 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
LE DANZE DI BILLY E DIJANA

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 9 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
FLOORence – the the biggest night made in Florence

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 9 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“il Gusto di Suonare”” with Fabio Mercuri

..:: FLOG ..:: 10 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
CHUCK FENDER (JAM/LIVE DANCEHALL SET) + QUARTIERE COFFEE in concert
Official website: http://www.myspace.com/chuckfender

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 10 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
ALTER*NITE + PROIETTILI BUONI

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 10 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
PPP (Penguin POlari) in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 10 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Maf Trio in concert

..:: FLOG ..:: 11 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
U2 TRIBUTE NIGHT : ULTRAVIOLETS in concert
Official website: http://www.ultraviolets.it

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 11 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
BAD APPLE SONS in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 11 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Medilatina in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 14 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“East e West Band” from Simon and Garfunkel to Bob Dylan

..:: TEATRO ALLA PERGOLA ..:: 14-19 April
Via della Pergola – Firenze
Info: http://www.pergola.firenze.it/
AMORE E PSICHE (La favola dell’asino d’oro) by Apuleio

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 16 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Danny and the Jets in concert

..:: MANDELA FORUM (ex Palasport) ..:: 16-17 April
Viale Paoli – Firenze
GIGI PROIETTI – Di nuovo buonasera

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 17 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“Il Gusto di Suonare” with Ettore Giuradei

..:: FLOG ..:: 17 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
ROSALIA DE SOUZA in concert
Official website: http://www.myspace.com/rosaliadesouzampb

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 17 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
ALTER*NITE + MARTA SUI TUBI

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 17 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
BETULARIA in concert

..:: MANDELA FORUM (ex Palasport) ..:: 18 April
Viale Paoli – Firenze
BOB DYLAN in concert
Official website: http://www.bobdylan.com/

..:: FLOG ..:: 18 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
TEATRO DEGLI ORRORI in concerto + supporter OBO (OSHINOKO BUNKER ORCHESTRA/ex DE GLAEN) in concert
Official website: http://www.myspace.com/ilteatrodegliorrori

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 18 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
VANESSA DA MATA a seguire PROGETTO 33 GUEST DJ’s

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 18 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
MaQ + Francesco del Prete + Le Mòn in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 18 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Info: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Napoli ed Altre terre in concert

..:: SASCHALL ..:: 19 April
Lungarno Aldo Moro,3 – Firenze
Infoline 055 650 4112 – info@saschall.it
Official Saschall website: http://www.saschall.it/
I NOMADI in concert
Official website: http://www.nomadi.it/

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 19 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
LE FIAMME E LA RAGIONE with Corrado Augias

..:: TEATRO VERDI ..:: 19-20 April
Via Verdi – Firenze
Official website: http://www.teatroverdifirenze.it/
IO BALLO with AMICI performers

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 21 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“‘Ndinghet e ‘ndanghet e altri racconti” with Two Pisces

..:: MANDELA FORUM (ex Palasport) ..:: 22 April
Viale Paoli – Firenze
TIZIANO FERRO in concert
Official website: http://www.tizianoferro.com/it

..:: FLOG ..:: 22 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
WILLIAM PARKER QUARTET: (W.PARKER, bass – HAMID DRAKE, bass – LEWIS BARNES, trumpet – ROB BROWN, alto sax)

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 22 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
MILLENCOLIN in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 22 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“Il Gusto di Suonare” with Fabio Consoli

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 22-24 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
GALLINA VECCHIA with Anna Montinari e Remo Masini

..:: SASCHALL ..:: 23 April
Lungarno Aldo Moro,3 – Firenze
Infoline 055 650 4112 – info@saschall.it
Official Saschall website: http://www.saschall.it/
NEK in concert
Official website: http://www.nekweb.com/

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 23 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
THURSDAY NIGHT METAL: STRANA OFFICINA in concert

..:: FLOG ..:: 23 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
TRAIN DE VIE + MAGNAPASTA in concert
Official website: http://www.traindevie.net

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 23 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Havana Night in concert

..:: CAFÈ DELUXEÈ ..:: 24 April
Piazza Indipendenza ang. Via XXVII Aprile – Firenze
Info: http://www.cafedeluxee.com/index.cfm
The Last Orange in concert

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 24 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Ettore Costabile in”Piano Solo” (musiche by F. Schubert and R. Schumann)

..:: FLOG ..:: 25 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
MARLENE KUNTZ in concert
Official website: http://www.marlenekuntz.com

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 25 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
“Dai tanghi e valzer ai paesaggi mediterranei” with Elisir
 
..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 28 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
FIRENZE RIDENS with Paolo Cevoli, Andrea di Marco, Giuseppe Giacobazzi, Padre Donovan and Andrea Vasumi

..:: FLOG ..:: 28 April
via M. Mercati 24/b – Firenze
Info: http://www.flog.it
LES ITALIENS in concert
Official website: www.myspace.com/lesitaliens

..::  TEATRO DEL SALE ..:: 28 April
Via dei Macci 111r –  Firenze
Ifo: http://www.teatrodelsale.com/
Maria Cassi in “Galateo”

..:: TEATRO ALLA PERGOLA ..:: 28-30 April
Via della Pergola – Firenze
Info: http://www.pergola.firenze.it/
IL CASO DI ALLESANDRA E MARIA by Giorgio Gaber and Santo Luporini

..:: SASCHALL ..:: 29 April
Lungarno Aldo Moro,3 – Firenze
Infoline 055 650 4112 – info@saschall.it
Official Saschall website: http://www.saschall.it/
FIORELLA MANNOIA in concert
Official website: http://www.fiorellamannoia.it/

..:: TEATRO PUCCINI ..:: 29-30 April
Piazza Puccini – Firenze
Info: http://www.teatropuccini.it/
DÈ ROCKY HORROR SHOW with Paolino Ruffini

..:: ART 2009 ..:: 25-30 April
Fortezza da basso – Firenze
International Handicraft Fair with 700 exhibitors coming from the five continents
Info: http://www.mostraartigianato.it/home.html

..:: VIPERTHEATER  ..:: 30 April
Via Lombardia/via Pistoiese – Firenze
Info: http://www.viperclub.eu
QUEER ABOARD

10 Things to do in Florence

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10 Things you can’t miss during your study experience in Florence….:

1) “Climb” on the top of the Duomo in a sunny day. The view is unforgettable.

2) Eat a Gelato (Ice cream) in Santa Croce in a spring or a summer day. The best gelaterie of the district (and perhaps of the city) are Vivoli (Via Isola delle Stinche, 7) , Vestri (Borgo degli Albizi,11) and Gelat’amo (via doni 18r). Don’t miss this experience !

3) A ride in Vespa (or scooter) toward Piazzale Michelangelo or Fiesole in a warm spring day. You’ll really experience the freedom and the joy of the Dolce Vita

4) A visit at Galleria dell’Accademia (Via Ricasoli, 58) where is exposed the originall David of Michelangelo. To follow the process that from the marble (“i prigioni”) brings to a masterpiece is really a great experience…

5) A glass of Tuscan wine in a autumn/winter day in one of the typical Florentine wineries. We suggest you to spend some hour at Enoteca Boccadama (Piazza Santa Croce), Antica Mescita (Via San Niccolò, 60), Enoteca Fuoriporta (Via Monte alle Croci) or at La Sosta del Rossellino (Settignano)

6) The music festivals held in Spring and Summer time in Tuscany and Umbria: Pistoia Blues, Italia Wave, UmbriaJazz, Maggio Musicale (Florence), Mercantia (Certaldo), Lucca Summer Festival ….The coolest side of Florence and Tuscany that you can’t miss!

7) The fireworks of the 24th of June (San Giovanni) seen from a terrace or from a boat in the river Arno…

8 ) A tour to one of the Tuscan beautiful spas: Saturnia, Venturina, Calidario, Bagno Vignoni, Montecatini, Rapolano Terme, etc, etc…

9) A ski-day at Abetone, a week-end on the beach in the wonderful Maremma’s Parco dell’Uccellina (Southern Tuscany), a wine tour in Chianti, a medieval tour of Tuscany

10) A soccer match in Spring/summer time at Le Cascine Park or a Fiorentina  Serie A match at “Stadio Franchi“…

” Permesso di soggiorno” – Permit of Stay

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Below a list of the items you will need, where to get them and where to take them in order to obtain the “mythical” Italian permesso di soggiorno.

Permesso di soggiorno. What you need?

1) Form for the permesso di soggiorno. This can be found at the Questura (Police Station), for example in Via Zara n°2 (Ph. +39 055 49 771). Please when you go there be prepared to be very very patient because people from all around the world will be in line with you…

2) Photocopies of the first page of your passport and your visa

3) Four passport photos. Photo booths can be found at the train station or near the post office

4) A ‘Marca da Bollo‘. This costs 14,62 Euros and can be bought at a Tobacco Shop (Tabaccheria)

5) Proof of financial security. This can be the same as you used to get your visa, a letter from your parents or front/back photocopies of your credit card.

6) Enrollment letter from the School or from the University

7) Insurance. The INA insurance is necessary for all students, regardless of the insurance coverage you have at home. To get the insurance, you must go to the main post office (near Repubblica Square in Florence) upstairs on the first floor and get a ‘bollettino’ that must be filled out.

>>More update info by Polizia di Stato (available only in Italian!)

Medical Insurance

Italian Insurance Policy (same conditions as above). One reliable package is offered by Istituto Nazionale delle Assicurazioni (Convenzione INA – Ministero della Sanità): fixed amount of Euro 77.47 for one year and 38.73 Euro for 6 months or less to be deposited in the following postal account:
n° 71270003 in favour of Agenzia Generale di Roma INA ASSITALIA, Via del Tritone n° 181;
Also ask for the ‘StudentsVille insurance package for foreign students’ at info@studentsville.it

Codice Fiscale (Tax-Code Number)

During your stay in Florence, you will certainly have to get soon, the ‘Codice Fiscale‘ (or Tax-Code Number). It is, in fact, obligatory for all citizens, whether Italian or Foreigners, to have this number, even though you may not be subject to Italian taxes.

Let us quote a few example where it is necessary:

A) when opening a bank or postal account
B) when buying a Vespa (or every other motor vehicle..) in Italy
C) when registering a vehicle in Italy
D) when signing any official contract, e.g. the lease for a flat (if the lease is going to be registered!)
E) when taxing out an Italian Insurance policy
F) when taking up an employment of any kind
G) when signing contracts with the utility companies (gas, electricity, water, phones, mobile phones, etc.)

To obtain your tax code number, simply go to the provincial tax office in Florence (ufficio imposte) in Via Santa Caterina D’Alessandria (3rd floor) between 8.30 and 12.00, Monday to Saturday, with your passport or National identity card and ask for a Codice Fiscale. You will be given a card with your number (usually is quite quick!)

If you prepare all these sheets in advance you can obtain all the documents you need in a reasonable time (one week) and you can definitely better enjoy your experience in town!

The Story of Ice cream

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When you come in Italy you want to eat  really Italian Gelato not “ice cream”.

The History of Gelato dates back to the 16th century. There is some confusion in the origin as to where or who really invented gelato. As most stories go, it is credited to Bernardo Buontalenti, a native of Florence, who delighted the court of C2120526822_a02de607de_b1atherina dei Medici with his creation. Italians are certainly credited with introducing gelato to the rest of Europe; with Sicilian born Francesco Procopio dei Coltelli who undoubtedly was one of the most influential individuals in the history of gelato, as one of the first to sell it to the public. Summoned to Paris in 1686, he opened a café named after himself called “Café Procope”, which quickly became one of the most celebrated haunts of the literary establishment in France. In Italy meanwhile, the art of traditional gelato making was passed on from father to son, improved and perfected right up to the 20th century, when many gelato makers began to emigrate, taking their know-how to the rest of Europe

Gelato in Italian literally means “frozen”, but it basically used to indicate the Italian type of ice cream. One of the basic differences between Gelato and the ice cream we know of in the United States is that it doesn’t contain as much air, and is therefore more intense in flavor. In part, Gelato is healthier than American-style ice cream since it is made with all natural ingredients and contains fewer calories and less butter fat. Our Gelato is made fresh on the premises so that we can bring you the highest quality product around

Gelato Italiano is made from all natural ingredients.

Gelato is very popular in Italy with Italians and tourists. There are stores that specialize in gelato but make attention not all homemade gelato is the same, some places use commercial mixes, some places use fresh ingredients. Sometimes You can find not original Gelato in the centre of Florence, for example if you see in showcase Gelato like a mountain don’t think it’s real Gelato Italiano…they put  industrial ice cream impersonating the original Gelato Italiano.

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Look for these signs to designate quality Gelato Italiano:

Produzione Propria (homemade – our own production)

Nostra Produzione (our production)

Produzione Artigianale (production by craftsmen)

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The Secret’s Out: Secret Bakeries in Florence

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It’s a little past 2 on a regular night in Florence. Along via de’ Benci and farther down past Piazza Santa Croce on via Verdi, people pour out on to the street as the bars and clubs begin to close.

While some congregate outside to smoke and chat or stumble to the next place for more dancing and drinks elsewhere, others go in search of something different: a secret bakery.

Just off via de’Benci, through the small Piazza Peruzzi, and down a couple of narrow, dimly lit streets, a cluster of people can usually be found outside the non-descript doors of via del Canto Rivolto 2. A sign taped to the glass doors reads, “Please be quiet”.
Nothing else.
Only the golden glow shining through the glass doors lets you know something’s going on inside. That and the intoxicatingly sweet smell that floats through the air and beckons you inside like a siren call.

Welcome to Pasticceria Vinci & Bongini, one of Florence’s so-called secret bakeries. Except like the others, this is not a secret and technically not a bakery either, not in the traditional sense anyway. There are no glass cases filled with rows of pastries or little tables and chairs at which to enjoy your treats. Instead there are only large ovens and stainless steel counters, metal rolling racks filled with baking trays and bakers with hair nets and flour dusted-aprons. This kind of bakery, or pastaio, is where many of Florence’s cafés, bars, and shops get the baked goods they sell during the day.

To supply these businesses with fresh treats, “secret bakeries” work late hours through the night to have them ready and delivered in the morning. However, when people pass by, they are happy to sell individual pastries. At Vinci & Bongini the crowd is usually made up of people coming from nearby bars (hence the “please be quiet” sign). For 80 cents, boisterous mouths are filled with mini pizzas, chocolate covered desserts, and warm, foglie, twinkling with a layer of sugar.

Across town, near Piazza San Marco, is the Laboratorio di Pasticceria Arrighi on the corner of via delle Ruote and via San Gallo. Another no-frills kitchen, the main attraction here is also the mouth watering scents drifting from the ovens as they churn out racks of hot goodies. 1,5 euro will buy you a pizzetta while 70 cents will satisfy your sweet tooth with a cornetto or other pastry.

To complete the after-hours snacking: a vending machine offering drinks including coffee, water, and soda.

For something outside the city center, try Il Re della Foresta in Piazza Giorgini. Well worth the possible cab ride there, this hole-in-the-wall is just that: a walk-up window. If a bombolone, or large doughnut-like treat is what you crave, watch them be filled with your choice of chocolate or cream from huge pastry sleeves. Prices range from 70 cents to 1 euro.

So while good food is not hard to find in Florence, sometimes a good, fresh-baked treat takes a little map-following and an unsuspecting bakery late at night.

(Article by Angie de Angelis, Florida – School in Florence: Lorenzo dé Medici)

Florence Museum booking

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Florence has some of the most beautiful museums in the world (the Uffizi, Accademia, Palatina Galleries, the Bargello Museum, the Medici Chapels, Modern Art Gallery and San Marco Museum, the Archaeological Museum and many more ) with millions of visitors from all over the world each year..!

But, museum enthusiasts beware! queues (“lines,” if you’re american;) to enter these museums can (in cases like the Uffizi Museum, Accademia Gallery, or Palatina gallery) reach hundreds of meters (which translates into several hours in line before you can enter!).

The StudentsVille.it offers all its visitors the possibility

to book museum tickets in advance via internet and without stading in queues the visit to these wonderful, world-class museums Now you can admire the masterpieces of Michelangelo, Botticelli, Mantegna, Raffaello, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Giotto, Rubens, Rembrandt and so many others- without the painful wait!
To book a florence museum visit online, go to this page: