Florence,Italy

Population

Florence has some 380,000 inhabitants and over 1,520,000 living in the metropolitan area, which makes it the most populous city in the Tuscany region. Florence is filled with people from different parts of the world, 87.46% of the whole population is Italian, 6 000 of the population is Chinese, 3.52% of the population is either Romanian or Albanian, 2.17% of the population is from east Asia, 1.41%of the population is American, and 0.9% of the population is North african.
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Physical environment

Florence is a located in a small basin in Italy and it is the capital of the Tuscany region. Located about 230 km North west of Rome, Florence is surrounded by gently rolling hills covered by villas, farms, vineyards, and orchards. The city was found to control the north south crossing Arno river to and from the three passages through the Apennines. The city's water supply has also served as an asset. There are many beautiful buildings in Florence and a few have become very popular tourist spots. Some of theses include :

the Galleria degli Uffizi, the Palazzo Pitti, and the Piazza della Signoria

Weather and natural climate

The climate of Florence is changeable which means that it could be sunny at one moment and raining another. Summers are extremely hot and humid, winters are cool and wet and are usually short-lived. Winters in Florence usually end in mid-march and bring rain. April brings unpleasantly cold showers but the most delightful season is in late spring.
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Employment

The unemployment rate in Florence is 5%. The active sectors in the job industry are finanicial services, trace, industry, etc. There are over 105,000 small and medium enterprises. In the agricultural industry, there are over 7,000 specialized companies, including wineries and on the fields there are over 150,000 workers with a turnover of 150,000 euros. The main recuiters are industrial production, technical fields, financial services, mettalurgy, machines and manufacturing, etc. Some others jobs that are available are health care, tourism, and hospitality but the job that is above all of these is the tourist region.

Monthly salary: €1,250

1 euro= $1.35 canadian

Transportation


There are seven different types of transportation that you can use to get around Florence and these include air, car, train, boat, taxi, bus, and tram via (right). Other forms of transportation are either walking or riding a bike to the destination.


City bus ticket: €1.20 per 90-minute

City bus passes: €4.70 (for 4 90-minute

City bus student passes: €23 (monthly) €185 (yearly)

Taxi: €12 (10-minute ride – the cost of most trips within Florence) €20 (from/to airport)

Train: €7.10 (Florence-Pisa) €29.5 (Florence-Milan, intercity – middle speed train) €30 (Florence-Rome, intercity – middle speed train) €24 (Florence-Venice, intercity – middle speed train)

Used compact car: €6,500
Bike: €40 (used) €120 (new)

Gas: €1.80

cost of living

1 bed in a shared room: €280
1 room in a shared apartment: €420
Studio/apartment with lofted bed area: €750
Apartment with 1 bedroom: €850

Utilities: €50 (gas, electricity, water, trash)
Internet: €30 (divided by number of roommates)
Satellite TV: €40 (can be cut in half if you sign a year contract)
Cell phone service: €25

1 month of groceries for 1: €125

Tourist sites

Florence is one of the many cities in Italy that are known for their specialty, tourism. Florence is a beautiful place to visit and even relocate to. Many of the most beautiful tourist sites and buildings in Italy are located in Florence. Some of these beautiful tourist sites are:

Safety

Like most cities in Italy, Florence is a safe city for both travelers and the population. You will feel safe walking the streets of Florence whether it is day or night. There is hardly ever violent crime and very little property crime. However, there are some reports of pickpocketing and purse snatching. Therefore, it is wise to use common sense and make sure your belongings are safe and sound.


Crime rate: 33.79%/100%

Safety: 66.21%/100%