“Round Round Get Around I Get Around”

“Round, round, get around. I get around,” said The Beach Boys, but boy do Italians know how to get around because there are more than enough ways to get around in Italy! From tram to train and bus to bike if you need to get somewhere Florence has something to get you there. I prefer to walk, this way I get to see everything around me and it’s easier to find small little stores that you have never seen before. But every morning I take my bike to school and then home again. This is environment friendly, but don’t get too casual with where you put your bike or else someone will be friendly enough to leave you with a whole lotta nothing. Buses are the most inconvenient convenience. Almost never on time, will leave without you, you will be fined if you don’t have a ticket (up to 240 Euros), can get overly crowded, and they go on strikes… a lot. But the upsides are: You know when there will be a strike, if the bus is late another will come in 15-30 min., it’s one of the faster ways to get around, and the tickets are cheap if you know which ones to get. [Helpful insight: If you don’t want to pay for a year round ticket I suggest getting a 30 euro swipe card… it gives you 35 rides of 90min each to use at your discretion. Regular tickets are 1,20]. The other ways of getting around are Motorcycles, Scooters, and of course cars… but watch out! It’s a game of don’t bump the  bumper-cars in Italy. Oh and if you’re the kind that prefers to get out of Florence there are Buses, Trains and Airplanes at your convenience. Oh and don’t forget…., counterclockwise around the roundabout is the “smarter” way to go… I’ve tried the other direction. Trust me, doesn’t work.

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