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34 Comment

  1. Reply
    Al Mastraccio
    09.08.2014 at 13:21

    Your favorite pasta fresca restaurant in the Oltrarno ?

    Al & Anne-Marie Mastraccio Sanford, Maine

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      09.08.2014 at 22:47

      Good question! Tamero in Piazza Santo Spirito is very well known for their pasta fresca and I am in love with Enoteca Le Barrique on via del leone!

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    Deborah DeCoteau
    11.09.2014 at 16:27

    I am a recently retired teacher who daydreams about living at least part of the year around the Florence area. I would think apts. out of the center would be cheaper. I love what I read about Montecatini. I am not wealthy, and I am particularly concerned about the dollar to euro exchange. Everything will be like one-third more! This is my question: is there a lot of paperwork involved in living part of the year there? I suppose I would have to get a visa…Would someone my age (61) be able to sign up for health insurance? Do you have any idea what the monthly cost for two adults in their early 60’s be? Do you know of a good website for me?


    Deborah Bertoldi DeCoteau

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    Yasmin A. Perez Soto
    19.09.2014 at 0:38


    I recently move here to study for a year and my new friend from Egypt tall me about your blog. I love “How to meet more people in Florence”, I was asking me how!

    Anyways! I want to ask you if you know where I can buy personal products as Lotions with better prices. It’s crazy to pay 10 Euros for lotion.

    I will really appreciate all your help.



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      19.09.2014 at 10:03

      Hello Yasmin! you share the same name as a good friend of mine. I know it can be tough to find cheaper items, try stores like Kiko, Upim or Oviesse for lotions with better prices. I normally stock up when I am in the states..

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    22.09.2014 at 0:09

    Hi, I just found your site while searching about gyms in Florence. My husband and I will be there for two months starting in October. Lots of great information, thanks! I plan on using the online workouts while in Florence. Easy to do and a great whole body work, lots of core and back body strengthening. I have been attending the Barre3 Studio in Portland, Oregon and love the work out! The instructors are wonderful and I feel taller and stronger. Thought you might like to give it a try. Your site is great!

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    22.09.2014 at 8:39

    Hi Georgette,

    I recently moved from the uk to study in Florence for the year. I was wondering if you know of any good places to swim indoors- not sure what the situation is with public pools/memberships as I can only seem to find expensive clubs or outdoor pools for the summer.

    Thanks in advance for any tips 🙂


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      22.09.2014 at 16:42

      Hello Caitlin, there are some pools near the center that are inexpensive to join. They do have specific hours when you can swim, because often they have people training their as well. . I would definitely pay a visit to

      Piscina Comunale San Marcellino – Fiorentina Nuoto
      Address: Via Chiantigiana 28

      Nannini (Bellariva)
      Address: Lungarno Aldo Moro, 6
      Phone: 055 677 521

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        22.09.2014 at 23:36


        I will definitely check those out. Also, I love everything on the blog- it’s really helped me start to fing my feet in Florence xxx

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    24.09.2014 at 15:38

    Hello—love your blog. Will be in Levanto fist wk October and want to know best way to visit Florence just for the day. Train takes several hrs with time in between and private driver for 3 of us seems very expensive. What should we expect to pay for a driver to Florence from Levanto?

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    08.10.2014 at 11:26

    Hello Madi, welcome to Florence and I feel your pain, I’ve definitely had that happen before. I actually just tried a new place in the city that I adore, he did a wonderful color/cut job on my hair. He is called Arturo, (authors hair) in piazza pitti 5r. Essentially the only salon in piazza pitti. He speaks English and can take care of you!

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    Lacey Stinnett
    20.10.2014 at 21:38

    Hi there, my mother Vivian, and I are coming to Florence for the first time!! I see where you list monthly events, do you happen to know when you will post November’s? We will be there November 19-22 and don’t want to miss a thing!

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    21.10.2014 at 19:48

    Wonderful blog! Great to have feedback from a fellow American. When I travel I like to feel more like a local and not stand out as a tourist. Your information is invaluable . We will be staying in Florence for two weeks the end of November/ first part of December and renting a friends apartment in Santo Sparito. Doing lots of walking, day trips on the train, etc. I live in Southern Oregon, right now the weather is in the 50s, getting some rain. Can I expect the same in Florence?

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    27.10.2014 at 18:28

    Hi Georgette,

    Sorry to bombard you with another question (that may be a bit silly and obvious!)- but how on earth do you receive parcels in Italy, either from another country or things you’ve ordered online? Because I can’t work out how it would be delivered! I’m a student and rent a room in an apartment. There are the little private postboxes in the hallway of the building which are fine for letters etc but what about anything bigger?

    Hope you can help.

    Best wishes,

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    Ed Parma
    04.11.2014 at 18:39

    Ciao Georgette! found your excellent website from an article in International Living! We love Florence- try to go every year for 3 weeks or so- we stay in Oltrarno on Dello Sprone! love the neighborhood we also discovered a section behind Santa Croce and San Ambrogio, large flea market and food market there. We never found out the name of that district- do you know it? We also love Ristorante Chinghiale Bianco-

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      05.11.2014 at 11:06

      Hello Ed! How cool is that? I just saw the article myself on Monday so its wonderful that you have already found me through it. You stay on my street, I live on via dello sprone, what a small world! I think you are talking about piazza ciompi, (near sant.ambrogio) they have an on-going flea market and it is really is a lovely area. You guys should try il Santo Bevitore and Il Barrique next time you’re in town :).

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        Ed Parma
        05.11.2014 at 20:51

        Amazing! yes its a small world! we used to stay around the corner on via Tuscanello opposite the little osteria (forget the name) but this year it was under construction so we found via dello sprone 6 which we really love! Thanks for the piazza name! yes now we remember it –
        and thanks for the suggestions we will check them out when we are back next September
        grazie mille!
        Ed and Val

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          06.11.2014 at 17:01

          My pleasure! this area is getting even better, there are so many cool places opening up – we are lucky!

  12. Reply
    05.11.2014 at 11:21


    Love your site, we are off to Florence (from UK) in November, we are flying in to Pisa what is the best way to transfer to our Hotel in Florence..bus or train, should we pre-book ?

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      05.11.2014 at 16:18

      Hello Sue, you don’t need to pre-book, the connections from Pisa to Florence train station are very frequent via both bus & train so you will have no problems. If your hotel is in the historical center of Florence it should be a short walk from the train station 🙂

  13. Reply
    20.11.2015 at 21:23

    I’m interested in Susan’s scarves. Please do forward this request to ‘Susan’s People…’

    Regards, Roseann

  14. Reply
    31.03.2017 at 19:14


    I moved to Florence a few days ago and I am in search for affordable stores to buy all the home necessities but I can’t find anything.

    Do you have any suggestions?

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      01.04.2017 at 12:00

      To be honest, it’s probably easiest to hop in a taxi or a bus and go to Ikea for affordable home goods. Otherwise there is a shop on Borgo La Croce called “che gusto” which has a lot of stuff.

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        11.04.2017 at 8:55

        Thank you so much! I also ended up going to Coin, which wasn’t bad at all!

  15. Reply
    06.04.2017 at 0:45

    Hey Georgette! I just found your blog recently after listening to a podcast episode that featured you! I’m finding your blog extremely useful in finding ideas to plan my vacation to Florence in early May. Can you recommend any May activities or will you be posting about that soon? Thank you for any feedback!

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      06.04.2017 at 9:18

      Hello Stephanie! That’s really exciting! Which podcast was it if you don’t mind me asking? :D. I’m happy that you are finding the blog useful. My May suggestion on what’s on around town won’t be out until later this month but if you have any specific questions on activities etc. feel free to ask!

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        11.04.2017 at 17:18

        Hey Georgette – Thanks for your response. The podcast was How to Tour Italy from May of last year. I’ll keep a look out for you May post, but I didn’t have anything particular in mind, I think your April information was helpful already. Just wanted to see if you knew of anything coming up that a traveller wouldn’t be aware of! Thanks again 🙂

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    07.04.2017 at 22:47

    I’m coming to Florence at the beginning of May. My boyfriend will be working day so I’ll have the daytime to myself. Will you be posting a May Things to See and Do list? And, will it be posted at the end of April so I can plan some things before I arrive?

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    07.04.2017 at 22:47

    BTW, I love your your blog and all the articles. Thanks!

  18. Reply
    27.04.2017 at 6:26

    Hi there-
    I am traveling to Florence in June for a wedding.
    The wedding will be held at Vill il Pallagio in Figline Valdarno.
    Would you have recommendations of a nice place on the higher end to stay for the weekend.

  19. Reply
    09.05.2017 at 10:59

    Hi. I have a question I hope you can answer. My soggiorno will be expired by June of 2015. Can I apply as early as January 2015? Because I need to go back to my country in the Philippines to continue my studies.

    1. Reply
      09.05.2017 at 12:47

      Usually you have to apply 90 days before, not any longer, but it’s worth stopping by the questura to ask them directly as they never answer the phone or email Good luck Kevin!

  20. Reply
    12.05.2017 at 18:21

    Hey there…
    I’ve been following and reading and drooling over the food for a while on your blog. While I absolutely love reading about all things Tuscany and Florence in particular, why is it can’t find any blogs from expats in Milan? I’ve been curious about understanding more about that part of the country. Do you have any ‘blog friends’ there? If so, could you pass on their web links. Grazie, io sono grato! Ciao!

  21. Reply
    20.05.2017 at 20:21

    Hi, just wanted to thank you for your recommendation on Via Dei Ginori 23, went today and had a wonderful experience. Thanks, all the way (temporarily in Florence,) from Tasmania.

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