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Disney on the Arno

It's time there was a fun Florence page. Aside from Florence's doubtless historical place in the renaissance, it has become a surreal place to live. THe most spoken language today, is English, followed by Arabic and Chinese. THe fabled leather stores are mostly run by fun Turks who have sister stores in the Grand Bazaar, and almost every restaurant has the same basic Tuscan fare menu!

Still, for those that have not been, it is still an obligatory tap whether you be on a grand or not so grand tour of Italy or Europe.

How long in Floville? I think it is best visited several times for short periods, rather than staying a week! (Oy, that's long here!) plus there is so much to see nearby as well.

It's a mad, mad, mad, mad city!

VT Kenny was very lucky that on the last night of his 48 hour whrilwind tour of Florence her was able to meet one of our leading citizens, in one of the most exclusive eateries that the cradle of the renaissance (as it is so often touted) has to offer!

Lucky him!

It's the friendly city...

This chapter is under heavy renovation!

Florence is a weird place. Even people who live here will admit that to you. There is a bit of that, good god, we are living in a museum type of mentality here. I mean it is a bit like Venice for that. People who stay long enough start saying, well what has gone on here since 1533? Well, actually a lot, only that the city has chosen to focus its lackluster promotion on the renaissance and all those involved in it.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Endless renaissance art & architecture,great location, beautiful scenery
  • Cons:congested, expensive, no parking, touristy
  • In a nutshell:Renaissance Florence - Victim of it's own genius...
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  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 4:16 AM

    Thanks for the tips, doing research for our upcoming trip in September 2010. The web page you recommend http://www.firenze.net/ did not work in English (when I requested info it came back in Italian, sorry I do not know more Italian). Martin

  • mariaschmidt's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    It is not that English has conquered Florence but Italian food has conquered the world - that is why the sign in your pic could be anywhere :-) nice pages ciao maria

  • Feb 3, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Would you recomment how I can get a good english speaking tour guide? Thanks!

  • Nov 12, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Was looking for some advice in December. Going to Florence for Christmas and was wondering how one gets into the Duomo on Christmas Eve for midnight mass. Any advice or info would be much appreciated! :)

  • Jun 10, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Thank you for you great tips - am renting an apt. for the month of October and will reread your site - this is my 4th trip to Florence but my longest stay. Also glad to find you as I am planning to go to Cairo for a month next year - Thank you again, S

  • kathymof's Profile Photo
    Apr 18, 2007 at 12:25 PM

    Thanks for the great Florence tips - I'm renting an apartment for a week mid-June and can't wait to get there.

  • penelopeC's Profile Photo
    Feb 28, 2007 at 3:32 AM

    you areeee ohhh i think i love you thanksssssssssssssss agaiiiiinnnnn!!!

  • Zlur's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2006 at 6:14 AM

    Hello, interesting perspective on your hometown Florence, made me giggle and your tips are very useful. Will be travelling there in January - can't wait! Ciao, Roberta

  • wroclawiak's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 12:18 PM

    A very helpful site. I am going to spent a week in Florence in February. Thanks to you I can save a couple of Euros.

  • JohnniOmani's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2006 at 3:57 AM

    Hey there, amazing page and i have a soft spot for your city as I met my current sweetheart there 5.5 years ago. I would love to visit there again sometime! Great great work. cheers. jz

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