Coffee Culture in Italy

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Coffee first arrived in Venice from the middle east and used for medicinal purposes in the 1570s. By the 17th century there were coffee shops open in Venice and soon in the major cities in Italy. Now, Italians enjoy their

Venice Carnival

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Described by many to be the best Carnival in all of Italy, Venice holds the title of having some of the most extravagant events during the Carnivale season.

Surviving Your First Week in Italy

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How do you make it through that first week in your new foreign home?

How to bike Florence

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With its beautiful narrow streets and dozens of paths, Florence is a great place to ride a bike!

Guide to Buses and Taxis in Florence

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Buses Find one of the countless Tabacchi shops, which sell cigarettes, candy, souvenirs and most importantly – bus tickets. Once you have your bus ticket, make sure to validate the ticket by stamping it under the yellow machines on the

Florence by Bicycle

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  Taking a taxi or riding the bus is common in Florence. However, near the city center, streets are closed to traffic. The quickest way to get around the city? Bicycle! In the city, you can buy or rent both

Florence’s Officina di Santa Maria Novella historic pharmacy

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Florence’s best kept secret… Officina di Santa Maria Novella, is 790 years old! Here you can find some of the most rare handmade perfumes and gifts made from the finest ingredients. Originated by monks in 1221, the Officina di Santa Maria

Ice Cream: Making and eating it in Florence!

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One of Florence’s most traditional treats is gelato, similar to ice cream. Gelaterias are located practically on every street in Florence. Italian gelato is very distinct and upon tasting, it is evident that gelato is not the same as ice

Pharmacies in Florence: A Guide

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There is nothing to fear about getting sick while abroad. Pharmacies, called “farmacias’ in Italian, are located all throughout Florence, in practically every major neighborhood. You can spot them by their green, lit up cross symbol outside each store. Conveniently,

Central Market in San Lorenzo

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Every step you take in Florence you can find traditional italian foods and wine that can make your tastebuds explode. However, upon entering the Central Market in San Lorenzo, one is overwhelmed with the smell, sight, sounds and hustle and