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Districts of Florence – “Santa Maria Novella”

This is the neighborhood of the central railway station, the congressional palace, and the main international expositions and fairs...That's why here you'll find the highest concentration of traffic, tourists, businessmen, immigrants, residents, taxis, tourist buses, fast food and pubs (Fiddler's Elbow, The Chequers, The Dublin, The Joshua Tree, Stregatto, Trip Per Tre, Birreria Centrale) in the entire city center.If you decide to stay here keep in mind that the district is very busy, chaotic and dirtier than the rest the city. However staying here has several advantages:

San Lorenzo Square

Here you are in one of the most beautiful squares of Florence. Beautiful? I mean, splendiferous! Anything you want, we've got it. It's a...

Michelangelo’s David

Galleria dell'Accademia, founded in 1784, hosts a collection of sculptures and paintings. One of the most important works on display at the museum is David by Michelangelo (completed around 1504), which was moved there in 1873.Michelangelo has depicted David before the battle [Verrochio's and Donatello's Davids are depicted after his triumph standing over Goliath's severed head]. The young Michelangelo was a citizen of the city state of Firenze (Florence). Firenze was surrounded by enemies much stronger and more numerous than the city was. When the statue of David was placed on Piazza Signoria in front of Palazzo Vecchio [where you can now find a copy, another one is at Piazzale Michelangelo], the people of Firenze immediately identified with him, as a cunning victor over superior enemies.

Meet the parents….in Florence!

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. Here you are some useful tips!!

Florence Live Events :: April 2009

A selection of Live Florence Events of Florence 2009....

10 Things to do in Florence

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...

” Permesso di soggiorno” – Permit of Stay

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 visa3) Four passport photos. Photo booths can be found at the train station or near the post office4) 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 University7) 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.

The Story of Ice cream

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....

The Secret’s Out: Secret Bakeries in Florence

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.

Florence Museum booking

Florence has some of the most beautiful museums in the world (the Uffizi, Accademia, Palatina Galleries, the Bargello Museum, the Medici Chapels, Modern Art...