Tips for visiting Florence
Tips for visiting Florence Reviews
Tips for visiting Florence Nov 05, 2008
•If you are only visiting the city of Florence you should rent a car and drive through the Tuscany countryside one day. You can find a lot of rental car places on ?. One of the two cheapest places that we found was Auto Europe. 50euro for the day 8am – 8am. We got a small car, Twingo. But is was newer, clean and drove well. The shop closes at 7pm so if you bring it back past that time but before 9pm you can leave it at the garage down the block for no extra fee. If you come back with the car after 9pm you have to pay to park it. Pretty much all the cars in Europe have manual transmissions. Renting a car is worth it though. It takes about 30 min. to drive down to Siena on the Highway (I think it’s called A1). That’s what we did. We drove down to Siena on the highway and back to Florence on SR-222 a.k.a Chiantigiana. This ride back was a few hours because we stopped at all different wineries and villages in Chianti. If you just drive straight through it would be about and hour or a little longer. Fonterutoli is a fantastic winery that has a tasting room and restaurant on the Chiantigiana. BEST FOOD IN FLORENCE and maybe even Italy. Plus the view of the country side is very nice while you eat.
•Santa Croce is not nearly as nice of a piazza as Piazza Della Signoria. As a matter of fact Santa Croce is quite desolate at night.
•The Duomo is free to get into. Go in the afternoon the line is much smaller.
•Florence is a touristy city.
•A bus can take you to Piazza Michelangelo for 1.50 euro each way. Otherwise you can take a cab or even walk. We walked and it was long and uphill at times but it can certainly be done.
•The train to Pisa is 11.60 euro each way. Buy your ticket beforehand even though they don’t always check for it because if you are caught on the train without the ticket you pay and extra 10 euro.
•Make sure your hairdryer is compatible with the European outlets. Not only do you need outlet adapters but your appliances have to be compatible. Otherwise you are stuck using the hotel provided hairdryer. (see pics)
•Using your credit card or taking out a couple of large withdrawals from the ATM is the best way to exchange for euros. Currency exchange shops cost quite a bit. Most credit cards charge the current Wall Street exchange rate plus a 3% fee for each purchase. Most places accept credit cards but you should have some cash just in case.
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