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Preparing your trip to Florence: advices & hints - things to do and to obey

Florence - Palazzo Pitti - 1. The locals are distinguished by refined manners and attention to appearance. Tourists will also need to select a wardrobe carefully and wear clothes does not look sloppy.
2. For many travelers language barrier is a serious problem. There are not many people who speak English among the inhabitants of Florence. Each hotel has guides to help vacationers get in touch with local residents.
3. Don’t forget to pick up clothes carefully before visiting religious sites. Other way you can be not allowed to enter churches and cathedrals. Women need to wear skirts that are below the knee level and must cover their heads with a handkerchief, and men to wear stringent pants.
4. It’s normal to leave a tip in the restaurants and cafes. The usual amount of tips is around 10% of the bill.
5. from 14.00 to 15.30 is siesta. The majority of shops and restaurants are closed during this period. It is also not recommended to make phone calls during this time. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
6. Tourists with children and young people should be careful when buying tickets to public transport. There is an interesting system of discounts in the city, so you can save considerably on travelling.
7. You can easily get to all main attractions of the city by bus. The public transport network is really well-developed here.
A magnificent historic hotel, Bernini Palace offers its guests to relax in the inimitable atmosphere of the past. The hotel is located close to the cathedral and occupies a stylish … Open
8. Late autumn is the best time to travel to Florence. At this time of the year the weather is fine all the time, and there are not so many tourists on the streets of the city like in summer or on the Christmas Eve.
9. You can pay with credit cards in large shops and hotels of the city, but on street markets you will need to pay with paper money. Small denominations are also recommended as it will be easier to pay to sellers.
10. Those, who want to save money on food, are recommended to visit local cafes and bars. In addition to widest choice of drinks they offer excellent salads and snacks at reasonable prices.
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What to visit being in Florence - unique sights

Fortezza Medicea Restaurant

From the series “The most exotic restaurants in the world”
It is forbidden to bring cell phones and bags to jail. At the entrance, all visitors are searched using a metal search device. The visitors have a chance to attract a real prison form, which will make the impressions even sharper. The restaurant still has an important distinctive feature - all its staff consists exclusively of prisoners who are punished in the old prison. The prisoners cook the food for the visitors and serve them personally, some of them playing different musical instruments. … Read further

Ponte Vecchio

From the series “The most unusual and strange bridges on Earth”
The houses are just one of the many remarkable peculiarities of the bridge Ponte Vecchi. It is located in the narrowest part of the river and has been used since the opening as the location of the commercial tents. More than 600 years ago the city's best butcheries were on the bridge. Today you can find jewelery and souvenir shops in their place. The length of the stone bridge is 30 meters. Since the foundation, it is allowed to build only the wooden houses on it. … Read further

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Travelling to Florence - advices and tips. What should be provisioned in advance, the rules you might want to follow, and the things you better avoid doing in Florence. We help you to make your trip smooth and easy, with no unexpected surprises.
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