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Are people in Florence generally nice to American student visitors?

Are people in Florence generally nice to American student visitors?
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     asked this on November 10, 2008 at 06:46 AM
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Florence is one of those cities that is extremely popular with people studying abroad, so it's chock full of students who are either going to a school in the city or visiting while studying elsewhere in Italy. It's also chock full of tourists almost year-round, but especially in the summer months. What this means, in my experience, is that the locals are totally used to lots of foreign students taking over their city.

But as to your more specific question, about whether they're "nice" to American students, that's going to vary depending on the locals you happen to be dealing with and the kind of American student you're talking about. Some people in Florence are going to be sick to death of foreigners, and are therefore probably going to seem rude. Others will be chatty and helpful. If you're someone who's polite, who attempts to speak Italian whenever possible, who isn't too loud, and who generally tries to fit in, then the chances are better you'll have a good reception.

Having said that, for the most part, Italians all over Italy are exceptionally warm and welcoming - they're willing to help out with language issues in a way that's not condescending, & they're also often eager to practice their English. They love their country, & most of them are thrilled to share what they love with you. Be open, inquisitive, and respectful and there's no doubt in my mind you'll have an exceptional experience & return home thinking the Italians are the nicest people you've ever met.

You can read more about travel in Italy on my website, WhyGo Italy: http://www.italylogue.com/
  • An anonymous user
     answered this on November 13, 2008 at 01:40 PM
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