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During February, Florence, is not as noisy as usual. Hotel and flights are cheaper too. If you have never been to Florence and you are on a tight budget, then February is a good month to go.
Here are some outfit ideas.
Here is the list of things that you don’t need to pack if you are going to Florence: Running shoes, sweatshirts, chinos, Tilley Endurables, fanny packs, backpacks and camera cases.
If you enter a restaurant and the waiter speaks to you in English then you are not doing it right.
Sunglasses are extremely essential items when you are going to Italy and you should always bring a few of them. Always include in your budget for your trip a sunglasses category. Italy is currently in a very bad financial place and unemployment is extremely high at 12% and we all must do our part buying at the very least a new pair of sunglasses or more Italian factories will be closed soon.
If you are going to stay for more than a week, then you probably can acquire many cool vintage Italian sunglasses on the Italian version of eBay and make good money reselling them back home. Even if you don’t speak Italian, you can easily hire an unemployed person for very little money and she will take care of all your boxes while you are having fun.
February Weather Averages for Florence
Winters in Italy are very cold and you get a lot of snow. Make sure you have the weather report printed on an old fashioned piece of paper before you pack your bags. Don’t rely on your phone for everything.
What to wear if you are a woman
- Don’t forget a hat and a pair of gloves. You may need them.
- Pack at least a couple of dresses, you are going to need them.
- Boots and scarves are essential and you also need some jewelry.
What to wear if you are a man
- I strongly suggest you to buy a bag. You don’t have to be gay to wear one. It’s all about looking fabulous. If you don’t know how to properly wear a bag then you can find more detailed information about this scary topic here and
If you have a gay coworker or neighbor, then you must give him a bag made in Florence. Make sure you have his phone number before you leave for Italy and call him when you are at the bag store and let him pick his own gift. Also, let him pick your bag. I know you think they all look equally useful, but this is not about packing a lot of things. This is about looking good.
Remember, you can never have too many gay friends.
What to wear if you are a minor
- Please don’t bring any T-shirts. Try, to look like a man if you can. You need to wear something with buttons, even if nobody else can see it because the day, it’s too cold and you are wearing a chinchilla coat.
- If you are a girl then try to look like a woman and not like Madonna in the classic music video Papa don’t preach. Her father is Italian, by the way.
Nobody knows more about globe-trotting than the National Geographic Society, which has been around us since 1888. If you are not currently a 21 Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) shareholder then you should buy a few shares each month. They will pay you at least $100 each month assuming you hold at least 4,800 shares which should be more than enough to pay for your satellite or cable bill.
Sadly, the National Geographic Channel barely reaches 73.95% of the households in the United States of America.
Florence Travel Basics is an extremely useful article.
There are thousands of blogs about fashion written by women currently living in Florence but most of them are in Italian. This may be a good time to advertise the publicly traded software company Rosetta Stone (RST) which is having a very rough time. They lost $19 million in 2011, $33 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013.
There is an American girl currently living in Florence and she has a very cool blog called Girl in Florence that you should check before you go to Florence.
Best places to visit
If you are a religious person and you are planning to go to a church in Florence then I strongly suggest you to wear something that covers your knees and shoulders. You can change back after you leave the church. You don’t have to spend the whole day properly dressed.
Keep in mind the most dangerous criminal organization in the entire world after the Sinaloa Cartel is still based in Sicily and they have thousands of soldiers everywhere including Florence. You don’t want to upset anybody there. Almost everybody in Italy is a catholic. A lot of tourists from other religions like to visit magnificent catholic churches. I strongly suggest you to stay away from catholic churches if you are not a catholic yourself.
On the other hand, if you happen to be a catholic then you must visit as many churches as you can if you are in Florence.
There are very few places in the world protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only 1,007 to be exact and Italy has many of them.
If you are a millionaire then you should make an effort to visit all these places before you die. On the other hand, if you are not a millionaire then you should hire someone like me to invest your money wisely in many stock markets all over the world including but not limited to the Borsa Italiana.
The cathedral complex, located in Piazza del Duomo, includes the Baptistery and Giotto’s Campanile. The three buildings are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Piazza del Duomo
This beautiful place is one of the most visited in Europe if not the whole world.
The main attraction is the Santa Maria del Fiore Catedral, which is the fourth largest in Europe by size.
If you like art and you want to enjoy the great masters like Michelangelo, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Luca della Robbia, Arnolfo di Cambio and many more then you must visit the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.
The Baptistery of St. John
The Baptistery of St. John is one of the oldest buildings in the entire city. It is almost a thousand years old.
The Italian poet Dante was baptized in this baptistery.
If you have a Catholic wife and you want to make her happy then all you need to do is baptize your baby right here. I don’t mean in the Baptistery of St. John. That is impossible. I mean in another catholic church as close as possible to this location.
Giotto was a painter and an architect and he is one of the great artists who contributed to the Renaissance.
There is a very useful article by Whitney Richelle called 10 Reasons Americans Have a Bad Reputation in Florence (and Abroad) that you should definitely read before you go to Florence or anywhere else in the world.
Don’t forget to visit the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum.
Salvatore Ferragamo was born in Italy but he emigrated to Boston in 1914 and eventually moved to Hollywood, where he made shoes for every celebrity for thirteen years. He moved to Florence and spent the rest of his life dressing the most powerful men and women in the world including but not limited to Eva Perón and Marilyn Monroe.
I still remember the first time I bought a pair of used Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. I spend several weeks trying to buy them on eBay but a lot of people wanted them and they always offered a lot of money.
I could not afford a new pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes at the time. They were and they still are extremely expensive. This was many years ago. Eventually I won an auction for just a few dollars and the day the shoes finally arrived was a good day for me. The shoes were almost new. Probably a millionaire used them once or twice and then his personal assistant sold them on eBay to make enough room for the new ones.
There are only 7 Salvatore Ferragamo stores in my country and one of these days I am going to open at least 25 more but that is a topic for another day.
Don’t drink beer, Jack Daniel’s or Beefeater
You can get all these fine beverages at home. If you are in Florence then you need to drink wine. If you don’t know anything about wine then I strongly suggest you to watch the film Bottle Shock starring Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman before you go to Europe.
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I hope this article can help you to decide what to pack.