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  1. J

    Italy extended stay with young kids

    In the planning stages of a ~1 month stay in Italy with our 3 year old and 4 month old. March 2023. Looking for some feedback/suggestions on our approach. Our main goal is to spend 2-3 weeks in one place to relax, get immersed in the culture, and do some day trips. We are traveling from NYC...
  2. M

    Rome Two Sisters on an Un-Slowtravel Trip to Rome & Florence

    By margaretlb from New York, Fall 2006 Two sisters on a jammed-packed itinerary in Rome and Florence during October 2006. The Day Has Finally Arrived! Buongiorno Roma! In April, my sister and I decided to take a trip to Rome and Florence to celebrate Sis’ 50th birthday. She had never visited...
  3. Kim

    Florence Mommy's Week Out

    By Kim from New Jersey, Fall 2001 Kim and her girlfriend leave their families behind and take a seven day trip to Italy, November 7 - 13. They stay in Florence and do some day trips from there. This trip report was originally posted on SlowTrav.com. Giorno Uno - We depart and other nonsense...
  4. E

    Florence Intensive Language Course in Florence Then Decompression in Sorrento

    By Earline from Tennessee, Spring 2006 March 16 through April 6, 2006. Mother and daughter share brain-frying intensive Italian language course in Florence for two weeks, then on to Sorrento and the Amalfi coast for some R&R. This trip report was originally posted on SlowTrav. Before I Get Too...
  5. Ann R

    Florence A Week in Florence, Italy

    Over five million international visitors arrive in Florence (Firenze in Italian) each year. Over 90% of these tourists stop by for only a day. Most of the rest stay less than four nights. But it is the wise traveler who spends a week or more, setting up a home base in a Florentine apartment and...
  6. G

    Transportation Bologna Airport to Florence

    1. TAXI OR PRIVATE CAR TRANSFER This is clearly the most expensive and most convenient travel solution, especially for late night arrivals, early morning departures, and for passengers with mobility issues or with lots of heavy bulky luggage. A taxi will cost around 180 Euros each way. You may...
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    Transportation Rome Airport to Florence

    One of the most common complaints of travelers and tourists is the scarcity of DIRECT public transportation connections between Rome Fiumicino (FCO) Airport and Florence. Here is a summary of the current options. DIRECT TRENITALIA FRECCIARGENTO TRAINS Since the end of 2014, Trenitalia has been...
  8. PokeyMindy

    Florence Shopping, Restaurants, Tours in Florence

    I want to share a few places I went shopping, eating, strolling and various other observations while I was in Florence, April 27 - May4th, 2013. I updated these notes after I returned to Florence in 2015. FLORENCE AIRPORT Getting a taxi at the airport in Florence was easy. Once you exit the...
  9. PokeyMindy

    My 50th Birthday Present to Myself, ITALY!

    By Pokey from Massachusetts, Fall 2004 Venice, Florence, Radda in Chianti, Assisi, and Rome. Oct. 3-22, 2004 This trip report was originally posted on SlowTrav. Venice, Magic and Mosquitos Finally! After almost one year of planning, the day is here! Oct. 2nd, I head down via Amtrak...
  10. PokeyMindy

    Florence and Emilia Romagna: We Ate, We Cooked, We Drank (and Shopped)

    By Pokey from MA, Spring 2009 I return to Florence and then embark on a Food Lover's Gastronomic Tour of Emilia Romagna with my friend ColleenK. We are foodies and love to eat, drink, shop, and mostly laugh! This trip report was originally posted on SlowTrav. Day 1, April 26th/27th. I'm so...
  11. ItalophileNJ

    Florence On My Own: Three Weeks of Studying Italian and Very Slow Travel

    By Marian from New Jersey, Spring 2004 May 5-26 2004. Three weeks in Florence, staying in an apartment in the Oltr'arno and studying Italian at the Centro Koine. This trip report was originally posted on SlowTrav. Before I begin talking about my time in Florence, I’ll say a few words...
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    Florence, glitter on the Ponte Vecchio
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    Florence, sign graffiti
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    Florence, the Rosone
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    Florence, creative street signs
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    Lights of Christmas, Florence
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    View over the Arno, at dusk
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    Florence church facade
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    Florence, doorway