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Mary Ann answered:Florence is about 200 miles from Venice. I would suggest taking a train from Venice to Florence. Depending on the time of day, it will take more or less 2 hours and cost between $60 (economy) and $85 (comfort). The hotel is about a 20 minute walk from the station or reachable by a 5 minute taxi ride. The other option is to rent a car in Venice and drive to Florence. It is a beautiful drive and involves mostly super highway. BUT, driving in Italy is not for the feint of heart and, at some time, you will need to leave the highway and navigate the streets of the city.
Answer this1 AnswerFlorence 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/
JoAnnGWeatherbee asked:Answer this1 AnswerAwayModerator answered:JoAnn, could you perhaps be a little more specific about the general age of your student group (ie. high school, college age, for example)? Also, what about budget? Would be helpful to have a little extra context in order to find you the best possible range of options.
The lines aren't that bad, but I would prearrange for an online ticket just because you never know.