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Q&A: Samanta and Marco of the Hotel Dali in Florence

Q&A: Samanta and Marco of the Hotel Dali in Florence

The Hotel Dali, located a few minutes’ walk from the Duomo in central Florence, has been a EuroCheapo favorite for more than 10 years. When we first visited the Dali, Marco and Samanta, the hotel’s husband and wife proprietors, were just putting finishing touches on their pension. These days, the rates are still among the » Read more

5 ways to save on sightseeing in Florence

5 ways to save on sightseeing in Florence

Between the Tuscan wine, chic clothing and world-class museums, your trip budget in Florence can really add up.  While there are some things you can’t avoid shelling out for (your hotel, flight, etc.), there are ways to save in Florence that you might not have thought of. Here are five budget tips that will help you save » Read more

Florence: Where to find free Wi-Fi

Florence: Where to find free Wi-Fi

When you visit Florence, you won’t have any problem finding Internet Hotspots. There are many bars and cafés with Wi-Fi; even the supermarkets now offer Wi-Fi. However, not all Wi-Fi Hotspots are created equally. For me the perfect Wi-Fi Hotspot has the following things in common: 1. No time limit. I don’t want to worry about getting kicked » Read more

Florence bike rentals and bike tour options

Florence bike rentals and bike tour options

By Marc Justin in Florence— Unless you’re that guy I see once in a while on his unicycle circling the Duomo, chances are you ride a bike. And since you’re reading this, chances are you have some remote interest in visiting Florence. So why not combine the two? Join a bike tour before it joins » Read more

Florence: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

Florence: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

By Marc Justin in Florence— People are always asking me for pointers on where to stay in Florence. If casa Marc is available then hey, no problem. Otherwise, here are the neighborhoods I suggest when choosing a hotel: Steps from the Station: Santa Maria Novella I know a guy who always insists on picking hotels » Read more

Florence: How to look like a local – Part 1: The Clothes

Florence: How to look like a local – Part 1: The Clothes

By Marc Justin in Florence— Let’s face it. Most of us look like Clydesdales trotting around Florence in our clunky running shoes and baggy Bermuda shorts while the locals prance down the sidewalk like fashionistas of cool. So what can we do about the not-fitting-in situation? Read on my friend, read on. Start with the » Read more

Worst Idea! Things NOT to do in Florence

Worst Idea! Things NOT to do in Florence

By Marc Justin in Florence— Instead of my usual banter about the best things to do in Florence, I’m going to try something different. No recommendations this time. At least, not the usual kind. Instead, here are some activities to avoid – expensive bad ideas, hence the crummiest things to do in my city. 1. » Read more

Florence: How to keep cool during the summer

Florence: How to keep cool during the summer

By Marc Justin in Florence— One thing you won’t see during the summer in Florence is people chugging down hot bowls of soup. With an average high of 88 degrees in July and August, this town really tends to sizzle. But besides the usual beach trips and dipping in and out of public pools (see » Read more

Florence’s New Pedestrian Zones: Where you can put your foot down

Florence’s New Pedestrian Zones: Where you can put your foot down

By Marc Justin in Florence— Florence was recently billed as the most polluted city in Italia. Not cool. So what did the mayor do? He started kicking out cars from the center in favor of more pedestrians zones. Coolissimo! So which streets are making happy feet? Check this out to know more. The Danger Duomo » Read more

Where to Find the Best Public Toilets in Florence

Where to Find the Best Public Toilets in Florence

By Marc Justin in Florence—No matter what type of traveler you are, at some point you will feel the urge to visit that very special European (no pun intended) monument: the toilet. And when that happens in crowded downtown Florence, you’ll want to find free and functional public washrooms. Here are my top picks for » Read more

Florence: Take a ride on the city’s new tramway

Florence: Take a ride on the city’s new tramway

Florence is a medieval fairy tale city of churches, palazzos and cobblestones. However, like in other cities, it has had to adapt to modern times and technology. In January 2010, Florence took a giant leap into the future by christening the first of three tramway lines servicing the city center and surrounding areas. Despite much » Read more

Top reasons to visit Florence in August

Top reasons to visit Florence in August

It’s a pretty well known fact that Italy, like most of Europe, goes on vacation in August. Everything closes up, everybody checks out and heads to the beach. So if you’re a tourist traveling through Florence during the month of August, you’ll just have to get used to the phrase chiuso per ferie (“closed for » Read more

Florence Pools, Parks, and Beaches: Cheap ways to keep cool under the Tuscan sun

Florence Pools, Parks, and Beaches: Cheap ways to keep cool under the Tuscan sun

There is no reason why your Florentine holiday should feel like you’re walking on the bubbling surface of the sun. (Unless of course you are a seasoned fire walker, in which case your callused feet will feel right at home.) For all other readers, here are a few activities in Florence that will keep you » Read more

Florence Transportation: Tips on getting in from the airport

Florence Transportation: Tips on getting in from the airport

  Tired of arriving to your destination looking like you’ve just emerged from a human car wash? Well, how about getting to Florence refreshed, reposed and with the swagger of a Medici prince?  Check out these tips to save energy, time and money when arriving in Florence:  Lean toward Pisa (the airport, that is) Florence has 1.5 airports. » Read more

How to rent a villa in Tuscany. Is it right for you?

How to rent a villa in Tuscany. Is it right for you?

A few years ago my wife and I pulled a daredevil stunt: We rented a 1,100 year old villa in Tuscany and invited both sides of our families to join us for a week-long vacation. Now, before you ask “what were you thinking?” or say “that doesn’t sound particularly Cheapo, Pete,” let me explain further. » Read more

Using the Florence Bus System

Using the Florence Bus System

Florence is a small and very walkable city, but that doesn’t mean you’ll never need a break from treading the cobblestone streets. Thus, visitors to Florence will benefit from understanding the city’s bus network. Here’s a warning: it’s not easy, but it can be done. It’s always tempting to take the hop-on hop-off tourist buses, » Read more

Three reasons for visiting Florence in winter

Three reasons for visiting Florence in winter

Wanna catch Florence with her pants down? Then come for a visit during the winter! The combination of being one of the most beautiful cities in the world and being blessed with a clement climate puts Florence at the mercy of vacationer invasions from spring to fall. But the winter seems to be some kind » Read more

Florence: Americans save 10% on hotels, food throughout 2008

Florence: Americans save 10% on hotels, food throughout 2008

The Florence tourism office this month launched a Cheapo-friendly initiative to give Americans visiting Florence a 10% discount on hotels, restaurants, and museums in the city. The program, named the “Fiorino Effect” after the Florentine coin once used throughout Europe, is an attempt by the city to attract the attention — and business — of American tourists spooked by the weakened dollar » Read more

Checking in: Hotel Dali, Florence

Checking in: Hotel Dali, Florence

Hotel Dali Via Dell Oriuolo, 17 (near the Duomo) The Hotel Dali has been one of our favorite hotels in Florence since we created our Florence hotel guide in 2001. For the first in our “Checking In” series, we’re posing some questions to the owners of the Dali, Marco, 42 and his wife Samanta, 38 (pictured above). » Read more

Florence: Renting a scooter (should you do it?)

Florence: Renting a scooter (should you do it?)

Ah, Florence, Renaissance city of artistic treasures, architectural icons, and mouth-watering delicacies. And throngs of tourists. And locals zipping up and down tiny streets on scooters and motorcycles. If you’re an adventurous traveler, you might consider seeing the city like a local — on a cute little euro-scooter. But should you? Pros Renting a scooter in Florence makes » Read more