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Report 2054: Tips for Florence

By Pokey from MA, Spring 2013

Trip Description: Rather than doing a conventional trip report, Pokey shares a few places she went shopping, eating, strolling and various other observations while in Florence, April 27-May 4th, 2013.

Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Florence

Categories: Vacation Rentals; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Shopping; Wine Trip; Independent Travel; 3-4 people

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Page 1 of 9: Getting a Taxi at Florence Airport

photo by Pokey

Florence

Getting a taxi at the airport in Florence was easy. Once you exit the main front doors (follow signs to Taxiís) turn to the right and walk to the end of the sidewalk and you will see where all the taxiís queue up. Stand in line, wait your turn and it goes very smoothly. In my case, there were two of us, each with a very heavy suitcase, also a carry-on (stuffed to the gills) and personal item (purse ... also stuffed to the gills). The rate to the center of Florence was Ä20,00 plus Ä1,00 per suitcase. I think itís a bit more on Sundayís. Anyway we gave the guy Ä25,00; he was very kind, cute, and we felt bad because we had enough luggage for the cast of Wicked! I will say that I loved my Eagle Creek 18 inch Pack-it Folder. It kept my tops all neatly together and easy to put in a drawer at the apartment. I wish I had another. Iím also a huge fan of packing cubes.

A Shout Out to the TSA

I had bubble-wrapped very carefully five 8oz. bottles of Organic New Hampshire Maple syrup. I had read that the density (?) of the syrup is a flag for inspection so I was not surprised when I arrived in Florence and noticed my suitcase had been opened. (I use a zip tie to lock my luggage). There was a note from TSA and one of the five bottles had been unwrapped and then re-wrapped with TSA issued bubble wrap and TSA tape. All five were then placed very carefully inside one of my packing cubes. All arrived safely. They did not do a taste test of the maple syrup. Whatever they did, they deemed it safe!

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