Ski Weekend Abetone

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There are many things to do in Tuscany, but skiing is not always the first thing to come to mind. However, there is a wonderful ski resort called Abetone, located just two hours from Florence. Think of it as a little piece of Switzerland in Tuscany.

abetoneAbetone ski resort has over 50 km (31 miles) of piste. The slopes are nestled between four well-linked valleys: Val di Luce, Valle dello Scoltenna, Valle dell Sestalone, and Valle di Lima. The convergence of these valleys gives skiers a breath taking view. One of the best things about Abetone: it is considered to be very safe. There has never been an avalanche.

There are a number of nursery slopes for beginners, as well as challenging slopes for the more experienced. There are several multilingual schools, which offer lessons even for the most inexperienced skiers.

There is also a state-of-the-art terrain park for snowboarders that includes a half-pipe and 3 metre (10 feet) jumps. The park is perfect for thrill seeking snowboarders.

Envole vers le cielThe resort hosts an array of activities, including:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Cross country skiing
  • Rafting
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback Riding

If you happen to visit Abetone during a full moon, don’t miss one of the famous full moon parties! People get together on the top of the mountain and ski down by the light of the moon or anything else they can find (torches, lamps, light sabers….).

For those who are not all that keen on outdoor sports, there are plenty of alternative activities to keep you occupied. There are several good restaurants in the the area where you can take a break and enjoy some great cuisine. One favorite of travellers is Albergo Regina Restaurant. Abetone is known for its mushrooms, so be sure to order something with mushrooms in it! There are also several resorts and hotels where you can indulge yourself in a spa treatment or lounge by the pool for a blissful and relaxing weekend.

So whether you are looking for a weekend of extreme sports or you are just looking to see a new side of Tuscany, consider checking out Abetone – you won’t be disappointed.

Check out When In Florence’s weekend Ski Trip in Abetone. Visit our Facebook page for more information on what to do in Tuscany.

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Student Discounts in Florence

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Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime experience, but it can get somewhat expensive. So how can you save money while studying in Florence? When In Florence is now offering a new Student Card exclusively for students living in Florence who are looking to save money.

The Student Card will offer students discounts to over 30 businesses around Florence including:

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  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Beauty Salons
  • and more

For every €1 spent using the discount card, you will a credit of 3 points. These points will accumulate and you will be able to use them on a number of great prizes such as:

  • Trips around Europe
  • Tickets for upcoming events
  • Sporting event tickets
  • Food
  • Wine
  • and more

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How can I get the Student Card?

Stop by the When In Florence office at Via Giuseppe Verdi 46/r or sign up online at the When In Florence website.

How much does the card cost?

Trick question – the card is absolutely free.

How do I use the card?

Every time you make a purchase at a participating business, present the Student Card and it will be swiped at the counter.

How do I know how many points I have?

Every time your card is swiped, you will be presented with a receipt that will give you an updated balance of how many points you have accumulated.

How do I know what I can get for my points?

There is a list of possible prizes with the number of points needed for each one on the When In Florence website.

How do I redeem my points?

Bring your Student Card into the When In Florence office, located at Via Giuseppe Verdi 46/r.

Questions? Send us an email at info@wheninflorence.com.

For more information, visit our website or check out our Facebook page.

Studying Abroad? Best Free Apps to Have Under Your Belt by Bobbie Watson

Entering a new city for a study abroad program can be a little daunting, but we have found the following apps to be quite helpful for navigating new cities. The best part – they are all completely free!

City Guides icon1. TripAdvisor’s City Guides

The best thing about this app – if you download the information for a city while connected to WiFi, you can use that information offline and without internet access! So, say you decide to go to Paris for the weekend, but you do not have an international data plan on your phone. If you search for Paris and download the city information before you go, you will have access to maps and lots of information while you are walking around Paris without internet connection! The app contains information on restaurants, hotels, top attractions, nightlife, shopping, and tours. There are even suggested itineraries you can follow to ensure you hit all of the main sites. These itineraries tell you background information about the sites, as well as business hours and costs associated with the attraction. For more information, click here.

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2. Skype

Skype is always a good choice when you are going to be away from your loved ones for an extended period of time. Skype allows you to make voice and video calls to other Skype users for free. This comes in handy when you are half way around the world and want to see your mother or the dogs you left behind. Skype does a great job of taking the edge off of homesickness. Not to mention it will save you a great deal of money on international calls. Sign up for a free Skype account here.

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3. Viber

Viber is another free way for you to keep in touch with those closer ones back home. Viber is like WhatsApp, only it allows you to make calls as well and it is free, unlike WhatsApp which costs $0.99 in the iTunes App Store. You can also send text messages to anyone who also has the app installed on their phone. It is hard to break the habit of texting when you move abroad, so avoid paying for international text messages by using viber. Viber is available on most operating systems including iPhone OS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, and Nokia. You can find more information here.

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4. Google Translate

If you are moving to a city where English is not the primary language, Google Translate is a great app to have. Although it is not perfect at translating whole sentences or paragraphs, it gets the job done when you are in the market trying to figure out what kind of milk to buy or if you’re trying to read the directions on your new shampoo. Try the web version to see how you like it. You can also try Interpret, which combines Google and Bing’s search engines.

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5. Snapchat

Snapchat is a free app that allows you to take pictures and short videos and send them to your friends who are also using Snapchat. The catch – your friend can only view the picture or video for a short amount of time (10 seconds or less). So, you can take silly pictures of yourself without worrying whether your friend will blackmail you with it later. For example, if you set the timer to only 3 seconds, once that picture is opened, your friend has exactly 3 seconds to look at it. Once the time has expired, the picture or video is gone forever. More information here.

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6. Google Maps

One great thing about the Google Maps app – you don’t have to have internet for it to find you. This means if you are lost in a city, you can pull up the app and find out exactly where you are without paying data roaming fees.

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7. Hostel World 

Thinking about traveling throughout Europe while you’re studying abroad? Hostel World is a good app to have! It gives you access to thousands of places to stay, as well as reviews, descriptions, and photos. Check out their website here.

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8. Converter Plus (Free)

Afraid you are going to make a fatal mistake by trying to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit in your head? Converter Plus allows you to convert anything you need: currency, temperatures, distances, weight, and more. This is very helpful when you’ve just been given directions in kilometers and you have no idea how far you’re supposed to walk before making that right hand turn.

Check out our Facebook page for more helpful information for students studying abroad!

Did we miss one? Tell us what apps are best for you in the comments!