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Welcome to Florence, Italy!

International Experience! is the premier web location for information regarding visiting, or studying abroad, in the historical center of the world.  Not only will you learn about the highlights in Florence. but you can travel with myself and my girlfriend, Rina,  throughout Europe and the Italian countryside.
During the Spring 1999 school semester, I had the unforgettable experience of studying abroad in Florence at the Florida State University International Study Center.  International Experience! is a collection of the information which I found to be useful.  Hopefully, this presentation will be both informative and entertaining as you travel with me through bella Italia.

This site is organized into four primary areas, displayed on the file folders at the top of the page.
Filippo's Virtual Journal is an online version of the nightly thoughts and observations which I wrote during my stay.  You can browse through it chronologically, or use the table of contents to jump to a topic of interest.

The Recommendations section presents restaurants, attractions, or stores, that were exceptionally enjoyable to me on my trip.   Also included is a review of businesses which provided unacceptable services and are advisable to steer clear of.

In the City by City folder, I recount my travels in each city individually.  This would be most helpful for those planning a journey to Italy, as it provides links to information elsewhere in the site on on the Internet.

Finally, the Photo Album is simply that.  I have arranged my photos, including those throughout the rest of site, in order to allow you to enjoy them as well.

I sincerely hope that you enjoy this site and find it useful and entertaining.  As always, if you have any questions regarding anything on the site, or anything in Italy itself, please have no hesitations about sending me an e-mail with your query.


Philip S. Karle