Posts made in September, 2013

What to Buy at San Lorenzo Market

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Taking a look outside the windows of your apartment in Florence, you will immediately notice the lively market below your eyes: kiosk after kiosk with passersby and sellers calling them to sell their goods. In time the market has changed its appearance quite a bit. It used to be open just on weekends and each kiosk would sell its own artisan handicrafts, which would range from pottery to garments, to ceramics and so forth. Nowadays the market is open everyday, and the items sold are mostly leather goods, clothing and accessories. Since Florence has had a name for leather goods for many decades now, you should definitely see if you can find nice bags, purses, or book covers made of leather. Some like to buy sketch books with rough paper and a hard leather cover for...

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2013 UCI Road World Championship in Florence

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uring this week (from September 22 to 29) Florence and Tuscany hold the 2013 World Championship, a biking race that has drawn a lot of attention to the city. It is undoubtedly a great sports event, but if you are in Florence during this week y9ou can find it hard to get around as mass transportation lines and roads were altered and traffic redirected to accommodate the cycling track needs. The municipality of Florence has put together a neat tool to help you get around. Visit this page to get more information and use the tool. The interactive map does not get along too well with my iPad, hope it works better with yours. Visit this page for more info and to access the rout planning...

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Florence Train Station (Santa Maria Novella)

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Santa Maria Novella is the name of Florence train station. Jot that down as when you are in Italy many call it by that name. You will find it just 2 minutes away walking from apartments Il Nido (http://florenceapartmentstorent.com). The station takes its name from the wonderful church situated opposite the street. In case you are getting to Florence by train, you might be interested in knowing something more about it. It’s a large size train station, the fourth largest in Italy, and handles 57 million passengers each year. Here you can find anything you need. There is a pharmacy, some shopping stores and fast foods and coffee shops to have a full breakfast or meal. There are about 20 tracks and about 4 are located to the extreme left of the station (watching...

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Good Pizza in Florence

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So you just arrived in Florence, or are planning to hit the town in a few days and would like to know where to find a good and inexpensive pizza restaurant in the city. Eating a good pizza in Florence is not that hard. Unfortunately since there are a lot of tourists in town there also are a lot of tourist-trap restaurants and pizzerias. In Piazza del Mercato Centrale you should give a try to a couple of Pizza places, where you can eat a good pizza sitting at a table, drinking a good beer or red wine. One is the Napoealitan style pizza, and since pizza was invented in Neaples it’s also the original one. You can have it at Mamma Napoli, which opened a few months ago. It offers outdoor seating and is quite inexpensive. For a Margherita (cheese pizza) I paid 5...

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