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a VirtualTourist member from Asheville asked on Dec 2, 2002


living in Florence

Hello, I'm going to be going to Florence in January and I will be staying there for 4 months with an art program. I'm a little apprehensive about it and was just looking for a little encouragement and advice--especially from any Italians. Plus I have some questions....(well really they are my fears articulated as such)... What is the weather like that time of year? Is English widely spoken (as of yet I don't know much Italian....)? What is a realistic monthly budget? What is student life like? Is it easy to navigate? What is public transportation like? Thank you!!!! Wanderlust

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answered on 12/2/02 by
a VT member from Singapore

I was in Florence for a couple of days in June and really enjoyed the place. As for the use of English there..well..let's just say that it is quite minimal. It helps if you know some Italian though....all those lessons really came in handy when I was there. Getting around Florence is easy as one can easily walk from the Duomo all the way to Palazzo Pitti. Hmmm....I would recommend that you get yourself a bicycle there and ride around....definitely a very way to see the sights. Anyway....enjoy your stay in Florence!! Ti diverti molto!!!

answered on 12/3/02 by
a VT member from Stuttgart

Lucky you staying at a place like Florence for such a long time. The weather in Florence is already pretty warm in April and by the end of May it really gets hot. English isn't spoken that much, except for the tourist places, but people are very helpful especially when you try to speak italian. Your budget depends on what you want to do. prices in italy have rised with the euro, just look that you don't do your shopping and eating in the "tourist areas". Enjoy your stay! Silke

answered on 12/3/02 by
a VT member from Zagreb

Well, since it is in the mid-Italy there is not too cold in January, however you have to wear your winter clothes. There are a lot of students from abroad, besides, young Italians speak good english. The public transportation is very good. There are students accomodations (not only hostels - apartments and houses for the students) and restaurants where the prices are apropriate for student population. Monthly budget?? Who knows that, it depend on you, lol. In my opinion the amount of 500-700 euros is suficient for a living (accomodation+food+transportation) in case you have students benefiets.

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