What’s Different in Italy?FIT in Florence

FIT in Florence

What’s Different in Italy?


Well let me tell ya! Apart from different electronic appliances, there’s the language, how Italians tell time, the currency and the idea of leasure time. The Euro: Exchange rate is typically $1.34-$1.47 us dollars to every Euro. The Bills: The smallest coin 1 cent (size of your pinky in diameter), 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent, 1 euro coin, 2 euro coin then 5 euro bill, 10 euro bill, 20 euro bill, 50 euro bill and up. Since coins are very typical in every day use a good idea to bring to Europe is a coin purse. Time: 6 hour difference to new york, Italy uses 24hr clock systems, and daylight savings is NOT on the same day as the U.S. Shopping: shopping can be strange in Italy when the only things that stay open late are bars. Most stores close for lunch breaks around 12 and open around 1 or 2 in the afternoon and most stores close at 6 or 7 (including clothing stores).  Grocery stores: It costs money to buy plastic grocery bags so most people bring their own bags. you can’t touch the produce without a glove and you have to weigh it and put a sticker on it. Ice Cream: Nothing else like it on earth… gelato!!

Here are some pictures of what the apliances look like (be sure to read the discription!)



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