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Welcome to Florence Benvenuti a Firenze 2013 International Emergency Department Leadership Institute Hotel Baglioni, Florence, Italy October 21-25, 2012 A Guide to Florence Conference Hotel Grand Hotel Baglioni Piazza Unità Italiana 6, Firenze Italia Tel: Fax: * Remember to them and request the IEDLI discount INFORMATION GUIDE Directions to Hotel A taxi from the Airport to the Hotel Baglioni will run about Euro 25. The Hotel Baglioni is a one minute walk from the main Florence train station, Santa Maria Novella. Detailed directions here: Conference on-site contacts Meaghan Cussen: AND Aimee Fairclough: Hotel phone number: Tel: Useful numbers Taxi 1: Taxi 2: Emergencies (ambulance, etc) Dial: 118 Travel Within and Around Florence City Buses The city bus company is called ATAF. You ll see the large orange buses all around the city. You can purchase bus passes ranging from one hour tickets to one month tickets. Tickets can be purchased at major bus stops, most newsstands, some coffee bars, and most Tabacchi stores (indicated by a large T outside the store). Bus tickets: A single ticket costs 1.20 and lasts one hour from the time it is validated. At night, they can be bought from the bus driver (you must have exact change). Validating Tickets: Single tickets must be validated immediately in the yellow machines located on the bus. Bus passes must be validated the first time you use them and must always be carried with you, along with a form of ID (copy of passport). You can face very expensive fines if you are caught without a ticket or without having validated it. Bus passes: You can buy a monthly bus pass at authorized ATAF vendors, or at the ATAF office (Mon Fri 7:15am- 1:15pm & 1:45 7:30pm) located to the left as you exit the train station. Ask for the monthly pass (abbonamento mensile) which costs 34 euro. Bus schedules and routes: These are available at the ATAF office or by visiting (also in English). The bus service for most routes starts at 5:30 am and ends at 12:30am. A few buses run all night but they make very general routes. Regional Buses SITA and Lazzi are two bus companies with routes that travel outside of Florence. Both bus terminals are located near the train station. SITA is located in Via Santa Caterina da Siena (just south of train station) and has buses that depart for Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, the Chianti wine country, the designer fashion outlet called The Mall, etc. 1 Lazzi is located in just north of the train station in Piazza Stazione 3r and has routes going to Lucca, Viareggio, and other popular destinations in Tuscany. Taxis Generally taxis cannot be hailed; you must either go to the taxi stands in the main squares (Duomo, San Marco, Santa Croce and Repubblica) or to the train station. You can also call a taxi to pick you up at the following numbers: 055/4390 or 055/4242. Taxis generally arrive within 5 minutes of the call. Train The website of the national Italian railway company is (also in English). On the site, you can purchase tickets or consult the train schedule. Note that the most reliable, convenient, and comfortable trains are the Freccia Rossa, Eurostar or AltaVelocità (AV) trains, but they are also the most expensive. You can purchase tickets online by creating a username and password (can be a difficult process), or you can go directly to the train station where tickets can be purchased either at yellow automated machines located throughout the station or from ticket agents. Financial Info & Banking Italian Banks Bank Hours: M-F 8:20am - 1:20 pm, 2:45-3:45pm Closed Saturdays and Sundays ATM cards You can withdraw money from your home bank using your ATM card if you have the Cirrus or Plus symbols on the back of your card. Most of the machines have instructions in English. You can find ATM machines (bancomat) at almost any bank. *Be sure your bank has provided you with a FOUR digit PIN number before leaving. **Be sure to contact your bank prior to departure to let them know you will be abroad. Many banks block service thinking the cards have been stolen. Communication Telephone and Mail Phone Calls To call outside of Italy, dial 00 then the country code. The country code for the USA is 1. Therefore, to call the US direct, dial: 001+ area code + number People in the USA dialing Italy must dial 011/39 + your Italian number Calling with an Italian Calling Card For 5 euro you can call your home country usually for around 250 minutes from a public or landline telephone. If you use your cell phone, 5 euro only buys you 12 minutes, so we recommend not using phone cards from your cell. There are several brands of phone cards, all with similar rates. You can purchase these cards at Tabacchi stores around Florence. Post Offices Main Post Office: Via Pellicceria (off of Piazza della Repubblica); Mon-Fri: 8:30am-7pm, Sat: 8:30am-12pm Stamps (francobolli) can be purchased at the post office OR at local Tabacchi stores (to avoid the lines). Express Mail/Shipping: DHL, FedEx and UPS services Mail Boxes Etc., Via della Scala 13r (near train station) 2 Markets and Grocery Stores Near Hotel Markets The Mercato Centrale in Piazza del Mercato Centrale (large green building) is where you can find the freshest meats, cheese and produce in all of Florence. Produce is located on 2 nd floor. This market is the largest covered food hall in Europe and first opened in Hours: Mon - Sat 7:30am - 2pm Grocery Stores There are a few grocery stores in the historic center and near your hotel Conad Via del Melarancio (closest to the hotel) Il Centro Via dei Ginori 39r Pegna (high end products) Via dello Studio, 8 (behind the Duomo) De Spar* Piazza San Lorenzo (corner of Via dei Ginori) *Not a great selection, and overpriced, but it s open until 11pm every day. Alimentari Smaller food stores called Alimentari can be found all around the city. They usually carry dry and canned goods and often have a deli counter or a dairy case. Most Florentines in the historic center shop in the smaller specialty stores like these: Forno -- bread and baked goods Macelleria -- Butcher shop Pasticceria -- bakery and pastry shop Ortofrutta-- fruit and vegetables Salumeria/Pizzicheria/Gastronomia delicatessen Latteria: milk, yogurt, ice cream, cream Panificio: bread International food There are several international food stores in Florence: Asia Market Via S. Egidio 3r Vivi Market Via del Giglio 20-22r (near hotel) Other Stores in Florence Department Stores COIN Via Calzaiuoli 56r (near Duomo) La Rinascente Piazza della Repubblica 1 Oviesse Via Nazionale 29 (near hotel, limited selection, low end products) Newspapers and Magazines There are many newspaper/magazine shops called giornalaio that carry English and Italian magazines and newspapers. The International Herald Tribune and USA Today are the most commonly found English newspapers. The Florentine Magazine is an excellent bimonthly paper for English-speakers in Florence. Check this out for event listings and city news. Available in many local spots. Photography Supplies and Film Developing Bongi Foto Ottica, Via por Santa Maria 82r Fontani, Viale Strozzi 18r (near hotel) Foto Locchi, Via del Corso 21r Bookstores with English titles: Paperback Exchange Via delle Oche (near duomo) Mel Bookstore (near hotel) via de' Cerretani, 16r Feltrinelli International Via Cavour 12/20 BM Bookshop Borgo Ognissanti 4r Pharmacies Open 24 hrs (indicated by a green florescent cross.) Farmacia (inside SMN train station) 055/ Farmacia All'Insegna Del Moro - Pza. San Giovanni (across from Duomo) 055/ Personal Services Haircuts (men and women) Jean Louis David Via Zannetti 6r (near hotel); Tel: 055/ Walk-in service available. Aveda Salon Via dei Neri 49r; Tel: Walk-in service available Laundry Service Wash and Dry (drop off/pick-up). Euro per large load. Piazza del Mercato Centrale (corner of Borgo la Noce) Laundromat Self-Service Via Guelfa 55r Via Faenza 26r Drycleaners Piazza del Mercato Centrale (corner of Borgo la Noce) Bicycle and Scooter Rental Florence By Bike: Via San Zanobi r 055/ I Bike Italy: Via Dei Pilastri 18r 055/ Happy Rent: Borgo Ognissanti 153r 055/ Gyms Klab, Via dei Conti (near Hotel) Free Time Activities Cascine Park Florence s Central Park is a great place to take walks or jog, rollerblade, play soccer, etc. in the daytime (not advisable at night). Located in south west corner of most city center maps. Movie Theaters with Films in English Odeon CineHall, Piazza Strozzi 18r, English films Mon, Tue, Thurs Other Helpful Information Carrying your passport When you are around Florence, always carry a copy of your passport with you. Carrying a personal document is mandatory by law, but it is always safer to carry the copy rather than the original. Note that if you will be traveling outside of Florence (and checking into a hotel), or going to the bank to cash travelers checks, you ll need your original passport and not a copy. Receipts It is important to always get your receipt when eating out, getting a coffee, or making any purchases in Italy. Though it happens infrequently, you can potentially be stopped by the local police and asked to display your receipt. If you do not have a receipt both you and the establishment can be fined. Tipping In most restaurants you will be charged a coperto (cover charge) equal to two or three dollars for each person seated. You may also be charged between 5-12% for servizio, a tip for service. If you are not charged a servizio, and are inclined to tip, you can leave up to 10%. 4 Florence Restaurant Recommendations Traditional Florentine Cuisine: Florentine cooking is known for its high-quality, fresh ingredients prepared simply and slowly. There are many Slow Foodrecommended restaurants in Florence that serve the Florentine favorites such as Ribolitta, Pappa al Pomodoro, Bistecca Fiorentina, Trippa, Bollito. Here are a few recommendations: Trattoria Mario One of the most famous restaurants in Florence. Fresh ingredients will be found here they don t even own a freezer! Family style seating, low prices (pastas 5 Euro). Open only for lunch M-Sat 12pm-3pm. Fridays they do a great fish lunch. Via Rosina (corner of Piazza del Mercato Centrale) Vini e Vecchi Sapori Traditional Florentine food, great atmosphere. MUST make reservations. 5 tables and always booked. Via dei Magazzini, 3 Florence, Tel: Ristorante del Fagioli Very popular with Florentines. Reasonably-priced, simple, high-quality Tuscan fare. Open for lunch and dinner M-F only. Corso dei Tintori 47r, Tel No credit cards. Famous for bollito and tripe. Steak is renowned, as well. Perseus Most famous restaurant (besides Mario, listed above) for traditional Florentine Steak. Open lunch and dinner. 25 min walk from hotel, just outside of city center, or short taxi ride. Viale Don Giovanni Minzoni, 10, Florence Phone: Da Ruggiero A favorite among Florentines. High-quality, traditional food, prepared simply. Just outside of city center. Via Senese, 89r (outside of Porta Romana), Tel: Closed Tuesdays. Trattoria Fratelli Briganti Traditional Italian food. Fresh pasta. Hearty second courses. No tourists here very popular with locals. Open late (until 2am). Outside of city center. Piazza Giorgini 12r. Tel: Modern Italian Food Il Santo Bevitore Wine bar. Traditional food with modern flair. Great wine list. Cheese plate and pasta dishes are the highlights. Via di Santo Spirito 64r (near Ponte alla Carraia) Tel: 055/ min walk from hotel Coquinarius Via delle Oche 15r. Call ahead for reservations: min walk from hotel. Classic, deliciously prepared Italian food with a twist. The antipasto platter for and the pasta dishes are the highlights. They also have a fantastic wine list if you re unsure, ask the wait staff for suggestions because they re extremely well-versed when it comes to vino. Pepò Good food, quiet environment with good wine selection. 5 min walk from hotel Via Rosina (near Mercato Centrale) Garga Creative dishes, excellent wines, good service. 10 min walk from hotel. Via San Zanobi, Florence Great places for quick snacks, lunches and sandwiches I Fratellini I Fratellini (the little brothers) is a small wine and sandwich bar where locals working in the city centre like to go for lunch. Excellent sandwiches for No seating (gather on the street with the locals to eat)via dei Cimatori 38r (near Piazza Signoria). Nerbone This trattoria/sandwich shop is for meat lovers. It s located in the middle of the bustling farmers market (Mercato Centrale). Since 1872 Nerbone has been serving Florentine favorites like bollito, lampredotto, and trippa and is popular with market workers and locals. Get the bollito sandwich with salsa verde. Be prepared to stand in line and fight for a table. Bondi (open late) 5 minute walk from hotel. Excellent pizza by the slice or focaccia sandwiches made to order. Beer and wine served and casual seating. Open 11am - midnight (closed Mondays) Via dell'ariento, 85 (in leather market) Procacci (5 minutes from hotel) Elegant Snacks!! Historical locale where you can get a glass of prosecco with a few small truffle or foie gras sandwiches. Perfect aperitivo or light lunch. Excellent wines and small dishes served as well. Stand at the bar and eat for quick service. They also have a few tables. Via de' Tornabuoni, 64R Sandwich Cart near Piazza Signoria at top of Via Dante Alighieri This cart has been serving sandwiches to Florentines for years and is very popular with locals, especially the employees of a nearby courthouse. Bollito with salsa verde sandwich is the most popular. Via Dante Alighieri. Roberto Cavalli's Giacosa Bar Quick stand-up lunches at reasonable prices (seated lunches cost more). Hobnob with local fashion execs on their lunch breaks at this café behind Roberto Cavalli s store. Excellent pastries and coffee. Torta della Nonna is amazing. Corner of Via della Spada and Via Tornabuoni Restaurants for Special Occasions Cenacolo del Pescatore 10 min walk from hotel Beautiful restaurant. Amazing and creative fish dishes. Expensive. Ora d Aria 10 min walk from hotel Recently received one Michelin star, and so feel obligated to list this restaurant. The jury is still out on food quality. Service and wine are very good. Nice atmosphere. Tasting menus from 65 Euro pp. Il Palagio min walk from hotel Second restaurant in Florence with one Michelin star. Inside Four Seasons Hotel. Alle Murate 10 min walk from hotel The restaurant is also a small museum featuring a famous, recently restored fresco of Dante. Located near the Bargello. 5 course tasting menu for special occasions (90 Euro pp). 6 Pizza Ciro & Sons 5 min walk from hotel Beautiful, historic restaurant with delicious pizza, including a Pizza DOC The restaurant is touristy and a tad overpriced but pizza quality remains excellent. Via del Giglio 28r, Tel. 055/ (near hotel) La Pizzeria del Caffè Italiano - 15 min walk from hotel All pizza is cotta al legno (cooked in wood fire in brick oven). There is a choice of only three pizzas, and they are all fired to perfection: margherita, marinara, and Sicilian. No reservations needed. Via dell'isola delle Stinche 11/13r (near Santa Croce and Via Torta) Il Pizzaiuolo - 20 min walk from hotel Excellent pizza, Naples-style. Great prices. Reservation recommended. Via dei Macci 113r, Tel: 055/ (near Santa Croce) Antica Porta - 30 min walk or short taxi ride Excellent pizza and appetizers cooked Campania-style (southern Italy) Their specialty is pizza with truffle and burrata. Via Senese 23 (outside Porta Romana), Tel. 055/22052 Best Cappuccino in Town Roberto Cavalli's Giacosa Bar Best cappuccino in town. Excellent pastries, fast but delicious stand up lunches. Corner of Via della Spada and Via Tornabuoni Bar Gilli One of the oldest and most famous Florentine bars. Delicious cappuccini. Renowned pastries and chocolate. Piazza della Repubblica Aperitivo Many Italian bars and pubs offer aperitivo, pre-dinner drinks with complementary appetizer buffet. Aperitivo hour usually starts at 7pm. Le volpi e l uva: Without a doubt the best wine bar in Florence. Wines by the glass, cheese and meat plates, and other delicious small dishes. Ciro, Emilio, and Riccardo, the owners, are amazingly knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Piazza dei Rossi 1 (Cross Ponte Vecchio and make the second left into Piazza Santa Felicità. Continue straight and the wine bar will be on the left.) 15 min walk from hotel Il Continentale: The most fabulous (and undiscovered) bar in Florence. Frequented mainly by hotel guests. This bar is on the top of the Continentale Hotel and has one of the best views in Florence. Before crossing the Ponte Vecchio (duomo behind you) turn right and the hotel entrance is immediately to your right. Take elevator to top floor and walk up one more flight to the roof. Open after 6:30pm May-October. Reservations suggested if coming after 730pm. Call to see if they are open in October. 10 min walk from hotel Gucci Bar: Surprisingly inexpensive yet elegant place for aperitivo or coffee. Excellent wine selection and outdoor seating. Glasses of wine for 5 Euro quite the find considering its location in the famous Piazza della Signoria, next to the Gucci Museum. 10 min walk from hotel Fusion: If you like delicious cocktails (10 Euro+) with creative aperitivo snacks in a chic environment, this hotel lounge bar is the place for you. Vicolo dell Oro 3 (right near Ponte Vecchio) 10 min walk from hotel 7 Gelato Carapina 10 min from hotel (near Ponte Vecchio) A foodie s gelato haven with interesting and seasonal flavors made fresh daily. Via Lambertesca, 18 (near Ponte Vecchio) Carabè -10 min from hotel near Accademia Sicilian gelateria with an amazing variety of flavors, especially during the summer. Made fresh several times daily. You ll find everything from chocolate and hazelnut to fig, prickly pear, and almond. Via Ricasoli 60r Perché no? Impressive variety of delicious flavors. Via dei Tavolini 19r (near Piazza della Signoria) 10 min from hotel Tips for Touring and Enjoying Florence Florence sites not to be missed The Uffizi Gallery, Piazzale degli Uffizi 6 The Academy (Michelangelo s David), Via Ricasoli 60 Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens, Piazza dei Pitti Santa Maria Novella Basilica, Piazza Santa Maria Novella San Lorenzo Basilica, Piazza San Lorenzo The Medici Chapel Ponte Vecchio The Bargello Museum, Via del Proconsolo Piazza della Signoria Piazza della Repubblica Piazza del Duomo Piazza Santa Croce Piazzale Michelangelo Piazza Santo Spirito Walking Tours of Florence Private tours: Freya s Florence. Freya Middleton, licensed guide, Native English speaker. Contact for rates and itinerary proposals: Cell: Group: Excellent tours of Florence given by highly-trained native English speakers. Tours of city or of local museums. Book online at Florence Museums The most famous museums are: Accademia (where Michelangelo's David is), The Uffizi Gallery (give yourself 3 hours for this at least), Boboli Gardens, Bargello, Medici Chapel. The first two are the most popular. The latter three generally don't have long lines, but you might want to reserve to be safe. To decide which you'd like to see you can visit: Reservations can be made by calling (also in English). New online reservation system recently activated (some difficulties) Tickets for local theatre, concerts, operas, ballets Box Office -- Via Alamanni 39; Tel: 055/210804; (just south of train station) Opera in Florence: Maggio Musical Fiorentino (Florence s main opera company) Opera Festival: Summer performances in Boboli Gardens and other outdoor locations International Puccini Festival (summers) in Torre del Lago near Lucca (1.5 hours from Florence) 8 International Opera Festival in Verona (2 hrs from Florence): Opera with Piano (not full orchestra), St. Mark s Church, Florence: Opera with Piano (not full orchestra), Musica in Maschera Soccer Tickets: The local team is Fiorentina and they play in Series A. You can buys
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