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  1. Deborah DeCoteau

    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

  2. Yasmin A. Perez Soto


    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.



    • GirlInFlorence

      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..

  3. Beth

    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!

  4. Caitlin

    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 🙂


    • GirlInFlorence

      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

      • Caitlin


        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

  5. Judy

    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?

  6. georgette

    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!

  7. Lacey Stinnett

    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!

  8. Joanne

    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?

  9. Caitlin

    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,

  10. Ed Parma

    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-

    • GirlInFlorence

      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 :).

      • Ed Parma

        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

  11. Sue


    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 ?

    • GirlInFlorence

      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 🙂

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