Florence for young travellers

By: Michele De Capitani
Among academies, libraries and museums, religiousmonuments, churches, civil architecture and buildings you will experience youreally are in a treasure hunting. For this reason not only tourists, orbackpackers but prevalently international students or even internationalvolunteers are choosing this city for their academic courses, stages andstudies.

Well, to start, we mention an international placewhere students, travellers, journalists and actors usually meet: at Acqua al 2you can get cannelloni, beef, selection of salads, pasta, cheese and excellentwines at average prices of €30. Acqual al 2 is a modern bistro that we suggestin Via Vigna Vecchia ,40; ph: +39 055 284 170; open daily from 7.30 pm-1am).

If you are visiting Florence and you are on a budgetand looking for cheap accommodation consider youth hostels, backpackers hostelsor international students houses ( hostels as well) where a bed night averageprice start from 18 euros. The atmosphere is quite basic but somehowfascinating. Florencedoes not have a long tradition in modern hippie youth hostels as you? might find in other top cities. Florence rather can offerold style hostels, kind of student residence, or pilgrim residence as it was inMedieval times. Monasteries are converted in new pilgrims hostels (backpackers, students, international volunteers) sometimes still run by nuns ormonks. You can find some more details in site for young travellers orbackpackers as Flashboking.com.

For budget tips where to go shopping here we go!

It is possible to make excellent purchases in thenarrow lanes and streets of Florencein particular around Santa Croce and Oltrarno you can easily find littleauthentic workshops of paper, leather, perfumes...

Some names: Il Papiro offers? good quality hand-made paper in Piazza delDuomo, 24r (ph: +39 055 281 628).?Officina Profumo Farmaceutica Shop an old fashioned chemist offerslotions, potions, and herbal remedies abound in elegant packaging in Via Scala,16 (ph: +39 055 16276 )

Go to Piazza dei Ciompi if you are looking forsecond-hand and flea markets (last Sun. of the month), or to S. Lorenzo Market(northwest of the Duomo), or the colourful Central Market for food (Square of Mercato Centrale). Here you ‘ll findolives, hams, cheeses and fresh vegetables. Try Via Maggio and Borgo Ognissantifor fine Florentine antique shops.

Of course for anything you need, ticket booking,accommodations booking, hotel reservations, budget trattorie, or simply tolocate all this on a map you need a pc and an internet point ( as not all youthhostel will have pc free fro every guest!!). There are a few in Florence. Internet point(Borgo degli Albizi 66; ph:+39 055 24 0780; €3/hour); Internet Train: (€4/houror €3/hour for students) with 12 point sin the city: Via dell’Oriuolo, 40, ph:+39 055 2345 322; Via del Parione 11b, ph:+39 055 264 5563; Borgo S. JacopoFree Web Content,ph: +39 055 265 7935).

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