FLORENCE RAILWAY STATION Santa Maria Novella Information on the Italian State Railways (F.S.): Phone 848888088 Booking service: Phone 199166177 / 055-235.64.23. WEB site: www.trenitalia.com
FLORENCE AIRPORT Amerigo Vespucci Via del Termine, 11 – 50127 Firenze Operator Ph +39-055-30615 Tourist information Ph +39-055-315.874 WEB site: www.aeroporto.firenze.it
PISA AIRPORT Galileo Galilei Ph +39-050849202 WEB site: www.pisa-airport.it
RADIO TAXI - Ph. 055-4390 / 055-4499 T- Ph. 055-4798 / 055-424
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS
Police: phone 113 Carabinieri: phone 112 Fire Department / Vigili del Fuoco: phone 115 Medical Emergency Service: phone 118 Urban Police Emergency / Vigili Urbani: phone 055-328.333 ACI car breakdown service: phone 116 Questura: phone 055-49771 Prefettura: phone 055-27831 Lost and Found: via Circondaria 17b – phone 055-328.3942 / 328.3943
In case of theft/loss if you don’t speak italian you can find assistance at the following police stations Polizia – Commissariato S. Giovanni via Pietrapiana, 50r – Ph. 055203911 – Fax 05520391370 Questura Via Zara, 2 – Ph. 05549771 – Fax 0554977616 Carabinieri – Comando provinciale Borgo Ognissanti, 48 – Ph. 05524811 – Fax 0552481705
– Vicolo degli Adimari 1 (Duomo Square): phone 055-212.221 - 24 hours, Via Lorenzo il Magnifico 59: phone 055-475.411
PHARMACIES open 24 hours
Farmacia comunale, Santa Maria Novella, inside the Railway Station: phone 055-289.435 or 055-216.761 Molteni, Via Calzaiuoli 7: phone 055-289.490 All’Insegna del Moro, Piazza S. Giovanni (Duomo) 20: phone. 055-211343
INFO – all pharmacies timetable, Florence: 800.420.707 (free number)
Things you can’t miss during your study experience in Florence:
Climb to the top of the Duomo and/or Campanile di Giotto
Make a date with David at the Academia Gallery
Visit the Uffizi and view the masterpeices of several Renaissance painters
Stand in front of Galileo and Dante’s tombs in the Basilica of Santa Croce
Walk to San Miniato al Monte Church above Piazzale Michelangelo and listen the monks sings Gregorian chants.
Find tranquility at the Bardini Garden
Step back in time in San Marco
Enjoy a classic Tuscan dinner eating a bowl of Tuscan soup (Ribollita or Pappa al Pomodoro).
Rub the nose of “Il Porcellino” in the Loggia del mercato Nuovo
Visit and buy a perfume at the “officina Profumo Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella” in via della Scala 16
Eat a “bombolone” from the Cucciolo bar in via del Corso
Don’t miss an ice-cream of Vivoli
Watch a Fiorentina soccer match at Artemio Franchi Stadium
Admire Florence in the pink and golden sunset near the river or from Piazzale Michelangelo.
See the San Giovanni fireworks on the 24th of June (Florence’s Patron Saint Festival) from a terrace or a bridge on the river Arno.
Eat a “lampredotto” sandwich from a street vendor
Walk through the Boboli Gardens and do not forget to visit the Palatine Gallery in the Pitti Palace
On Easter Sunday there is the explosion of the cart in Piazza Duomo is an ancient Florentine tradition very spectacular.
In the summer it is open to visits the Tower of St. Niccolò. Climb the tower to admire a splendid panorama of the city.
Don’t leave Florence without having eaten a T-bone steak.
Take a day trip to Siena
Visit the mercato Centrale or Mercato S. Ambrogio the historic food markets of Florence.
Taste some traditional “cantucci di Prato” cookies with almonds with a glass of “vinsanto”
Buy the Florentine marbled paper
Visit the smallest church in Florence: the Dante and Beatrice’s Church
The more flowery gardens of Florence are the rose garden and the iris garden but beware they are only open in May and June!
Learn some Italian then tries to say: “coca cola con la cannuccia corta” in perfect Tuscan dialect
Ride a Vespa (scooter) to Fiesole. You’ll really experience the freedom and joy of the Dolce Vita.
Drink a glass of Tuscan wine at one of the typical Florentine wineries.