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a VirtualTourist member from Bucharest asked on Jul 28, 2016

Florence

informations about Florence

Hello, I will arrive soon in Florence and I would like to know:
1. which are advices concerning safety in touristic areas, except scammers, thieves, are there terrorist alerts?
2. could someone to recommend me some travel agencies for a one day trip to Sienna or Pisa?
3. Are there local free guided tours?
Thank you!



5 Answers


answered on 7/28/16 by
a VT member from Minneapolis

Hi Miki - No one can promise absolute 100% safety anywhere at all but as cities go, you've nothing to worry about in Florence. Just keep your valuables where fingers other than your own can't get to them and you'll be fine. It's a very safe city, IMHO, and one I wouldn't have any concerns walking about by myself.

Regarding tours, Pisa and Assisi are not difficult to do on one's own by train, although Assisi is quite a long trip, so I don't know as you'd really need an organized tour for either. There appears to be at least one free walking tour of Florence but again, with a good guidebook, it's easy to do on your own. A glance at the tour which has been reviewed on Trip Advisor turns up many complaints about groups being too large - not something I would enjoy - so I would advise against taking one of these so that you can move about more efficiently.




answered on 7/28/16 by
Mary Smith from Leicester

1. which are advices concerning safety in touristic areas, except scammers, thieves, are there terrorist alerts?

There are pickpockets, petty thieves and scammers in Florence just as there are in all large towns and cities everywhere. Use normal city commonsense and remember that pickpockets are very, very skilful indeed.

Nowehere is 100% safe, as Goodfish says, and no-one can predict terrorist activity anywhere. That's why it's called terrorism.

For specific travel advice about Italy you should look at the travel advisories produced by your own country's government.

You should also remember that the chances of you being killed or injured by traffic in your own city are much, much, much higher than you being involved in any terrorist incident anywhere.

2. could someone to recommend me some travel agencies for a one day trip to Sienna or Pisa?

You really don't need an organised trip, although there are plenty on offer.

You can very easily take the express bus to Siena from Florence and just as easily take the train from Florence (Firenze) to Pisa. If you decide to do that ask us and we can give you the timetable llinks.

3. Are there local free guided tours?

Not to my knowledge. You are expected to give a tip to the guide even with 'free' tours, such as the one linked below, so they're not really free at all.




answered on 7/28/16 by
a VT member from Minneapolis

Apologies: you asked about Siena and not Assisi. I must not have had enough coffee yet when I read your post. :O)




answered on 7/28/16 by
a VT member from Sacramento

Excellent advice above. I'd take a bus to Siena because the train station in Siena is a bit out of the way. For Pisa take the train. Both bus and train leave from the same place in central Florence so they are both easy to access. It is so easy that a tour really isn't necessary. Take a guide book or read about these places before you go. You can get a free map at the Tourist Office. Some tourist offices offer free walking tours or local people to show you around and that would be fun.

Enjoy your trip.




answered on 9/1/16 by
a VT member

I am not sure in which area you are looking for a free tour. if it is for Florence there are two free walking tours available. http://www.florencefreetour.com/





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