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Florence: 5 tasty panini shops under €5

Florence: 5 tasty panini shops under €5

Looking for something quick and cheap to fill you up while sightseeing in Florence? Local meats, cheese and fresh veggies stuffed into salty, crunchy bread make panini a perfect choice. A great panino will be made with fresh bread and filled with just a few choice ingredients, but if you’re craving additional ingredients just ask! » Read more

Q&A: Samanta and Marco of the Hotel Dali in Florence

Q&A: Samanta and Marco of the Hotel Dali in Florence

The Hotel Dali, located a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo in central Florence, has been a EuroCheapo favorite for more than 10 years. When we first visited the Dali, Marco and Samanta, the hotel’s husband and wife proprietors, were just putting finishing touches on their pension. These days, the rates are still among the » Read more

5 ways to save on sightseeing in Florence

5 ways to save on sightseeing in Florence

Between the Tuscan wine, chic clothing and world-class museums, your trip budget in Florence can really add up.  While there are some things you can’t avoid shelling out for (your hotel, flight, etc.), there are ways to save in Florence that you might not have thought of. Here are five budget tips that will help you save » Read more

Florence: Buy your wine like the locals… on tap!

Florence: Buy your wine like the locals… on tap!

By Taylor Zerbey— Florence is a wine lover’s paradise, offering amazing wines from all over Tuscany and Italy at low prices that could even shock a Cheapo. One way to enjoy wine and beer at even cheaper prices is to buy it like the locals do, “alla Spina” (on tap) or “vino sfuso” (wine in » Read more

Florence: Where to find free Wi-Fi

Florence: Where to find free Wi-Fi

When you visit Florence, you won’t have any problem finding Internet Hotspots. There are many bars and cafés with Wi-Fi; even the supermarkets now offer Wi-Fi. However, not all Wi-Fi Hotspots are created equally. For me the perfect Wi-Fi Hotspot has the following things in common: 1. No time limit. I don’t want to worry about getting kicked » Read more

Florence: Simple strategies for saving on dining

Florence: Simple strategies for saving on dining

Florence is a city rich in history, art, music and yes, amazing food. The good news is: You do not have to be rich to eat well. Whether you are visiting Florence or living here on a budget (like me), here are some simple ways to stretch your dining dollar. Go to the market Going » Read more

Exile in Paradise: Americans in Florence

Exile in Paradise: Americans in Florence

A dense web of connections links America with Florence. Some argue it massively invigorates the Tuscan city, while others aver that Florentine life has been distorted by the American impact on the city. What view you take on the American influence on Florence, there is no doubt that the Italian city (as seen through American eyes) » Read more

Florence: Cheap souvenir ideas for everyone on your list

Florence: Cheap souvenir ideas for everyone on your list

With the crazies of the holiday season upon us, our minds turn to those uber-important consumer questions: What will I bring home for my aunt so-and-so? What will hard-to-buy-for brother actually enjoy? What about Mom who’s awaiting both my present and my presence? Hey, you’re in Florence, consider this a good thing! Do not waste » Read more

8 free things to do in Florence

8 free things to do in Florence

You splurged on a scarf you couldn’t afford? Waiting for an urgent bank transfer from mom and dad? Whatever, you’re broke, you’re in Florence and you don’t know what to do. Well, rejoice my friend, here are some free activities to explore. Music 1. Every night, the organ goes wild at the Santa Maria de’ » Read more

Florence bike rentals and bike tour options

Florence bike rentals and bike tour options

Unless you’re that guy I see once in a while on his unicycle circling the Duomo, chances are you ride a bike. And since you’re reading this, chances are you have some remote interest in visiting Florence. So why not combine the two? Join a bike tour before it joins you! What? Here’s a quick » Read more

Florence: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Florence: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

People are always asking me for pointers on where to stay in Florence. If casa Marc is available then hey, no problem. Otherwise, here are the neighborhoods I suggest when choosing a hotel: Steps from the Station: Santa Maria Novella I know a guy who always insists on picking hotels near train stations to save » Read more

Florence: How to look like a local – Part 1: The Clothes

Florence: How to look like a local – Part 1: The Clothes

Let’s face it. Most of us look like Clydesdales trotting around Florence in our clunky running shoes and baggy Bermuda shorts while the locals prance down the sidewalk like fashionistas of cool. So what can we do about the not-fitting-in situation? Read on my friend, read on. Start with the shoes Let’s start with the » Read more

Florence: How to enjoy a cheapo aperitivo

Florence: How to enjoy a cheapo aperitivo

Since arriving in Tuscany, you’ve not only developed a palate for fine wine, but also a handsome routine where every night you like to indulge in an aperitivo. The only problem is that it’s been putting a real dent in your budget. So here’s what to do to keep the coins in your pocket and » Read more

You did what? 4 things you shouldn’t do in Florence

You did what? 4 things you shouldn’t do in Florence

Instead of my usual banter about the best things to do in Florence, I’m going to try something different. No recommendations this time. At least, not the usual kind. Instead, here are some activities to avoid – expensive bad ideas, hence the crummiest things to do in my city. 1. Eat Near the Duomo It » Read more

Florence: How to keep cool during the summer

Florence: How to keep cool during the summer

One thing you won’t see during the summer in Florence is people chugging down hot bowls of soup. With an average high of 88 degrees in July and August, this town really tends to sizzle. But besides the usual beach trips and dipping in and out of public pools (see previous post), what can you » Read more

Florence’s New Pedestrian Zones: Where you can put your foot down

Florence’s New Pedestrian Zones: Where you can put your foot down

Florence was recently billed as the most polluted city in Italia. Not cool. So what did the mayor do? He started kicking out cars from the center in favor of more pedestrians zones. Coolissimo! So which streets are making happy feet? Check this out to know more. The Danger Duomo The first area to go » Read more

Florence: How to survive the Uffizi Gallery

Florence: How to survive the Uffizi Gallery

Last week I visited the Uffizi Gallery for the very first time. I know, I know, it’s in my backyard but walking past never-ending queues of people does something to a man’s motivation. Finally, one of my recent guests harassed me into surrender. So how did this crowd-hater survive Florence’s busiest museum? Read on, my » Read more

Florence: Vintage game room fun

Florence: Vintage game room fun

What do you do with a pocket full of change that’s worthless in your home country? You take a walk on down… to the future! Future Games on Via Nazionale near Piazza dell’Indipendenza in Florence is more than a game room, it’s an enigma. First opened in 1987, it’s survived every other arcade and pool » Read more

Tuscan Wines: A quick buyer’s guide

Tuscan Wines: A quick buyer’s guide

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Tuscany is world famous for its wine, so it make sense that every restaurant, bar, cafe, bottega, supermarket and even hotel in Florence is trying to sell you a couple of bottles. But how do you know the good stuff from the vinegar? Here are a few tips for navigating » Read more

Food allergies in Florence: Never fear!

Food allergies in Florence: Never fear!

Pizza and pasta may be cornerstones of the Italian diet, but there are plenty of alternatives should these co-stars of the Italian kitchen be wrong for your body. Read on to find out how to negotiate Florence minus the usual suspects of dairy and wheat. Gluten-Free Restaurants Pizza and pasta are made with wheat. And » Read more

Should you book Florence museum tickets in advance? Buy a museum card? Neither?

Should you book Florence museum tickets in advance? Buy a museum card? Neither?

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— With so many must-see museums, churches and palaces, Florence is a treasure trove for art and history lovers. It’s almost impossible to visit them all in a lifetime, much less a weekend trip! How do you choose which museums are worth your time–and budget? There are a few ways to » Read more

Where to find a cheap breakfast in Florence

Where to find a cheap breakfast in Florence

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, than when in Florence why not do it the Italian way and start your morning with some pastries? Pastries for breakfast? That’s right. I’m not talking about the old doughnut and drip coffee ritual (although you can simulate that with » Read more

Where to see English language movies in Florence

Where to see English language movies in Florence

By Laura Mongillo in Florence—Feel like catching a movie in fair Firenze without having to first get a degree in Italian? Ha! This can prove to be more difficult than getting into the Uffizi on a Saturday. Most movies in Italy are shown almost exclusively in the Italian language, meaning they are dubbed and translated » Read more

Where to Find the Best Public Toilets in Florence

Where to Find the Best Public Toilets in Florence

No matter what type of traveler you are, at some point you will feel the urge to visit that very special European (no pun intended) monument: the toilet. And when that happens in crowded downtown Florence, you’ll want to find free and functional public washrooms. Here are my top picks for where to ‘go’ when » Read more

Florence: Ice skating, holiday markets, and New Year’s fireworks

Florence: Ice skating, holiday markets, and New Year’s fireworks

By Laura Mongillo in Florence— Winter in Florence is an amazing time. Without the snow and ice of colder spots in Europe, Florence remains cool enough to still feel like winter. Florence fully embraces the holiday season and all the joys associated with it. The holiday lights, combined with smaller crowds, really brings out the » Read more

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