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Name: Banca CR di Firenze, Agency n. 15Type: Florence Bank
Address: Piazza degli Ottaviani, 13r; fax: 055-2302605
Note: This bank is the closest to Casa Howard. However, there are many banks in the area towards the centre; various banks are for example under the loggias of Piazza della Repubblica.
Some banks have security entrances (double doors), which allow the entrance of one person at a time: one presses a button to open the outer door and has to wait for the door to close behind them before the inner door opens automatically and lets one in.
Others have security boxes, where one has to deposit metallic objects, etc., before being allowed through.
Banks usually open from 8:30am to 1:30pm and from 3:00 to 4:00pm, from Monday to Friday, but opening hours may vary from bank to bank. There are more and more Banca CR di Firenze that open at lunchtime too.
Name: BancomatType: Electronic exchange machines
Address: Many, towards to the centre of Florence.
Note: Each bank has an electronic exchange machine, called 'Bancomat', usually on the street. Some bancomats are inside security cabins, which one can enter by passing the card through the device on the side of the entrance door, which allows the entrance of one person at a time. Bancomats provide for different languages. It is possible to take money from a Bancomat with a bank card in Italy when the card has ATM, CIRRUS, PLUS, etc..
Foreign currency exchange: even though the exchange is not very favourable in general, we recommend exchanging foreign currency at a bank or at a Bancomat, and not at a bureau de change on the street. At a bank sometimes one has to wait a long time in line and the procedure is longer but the exchange rate is a little more favourable.
To exchange travellers' cheques, the best place is perhaps American Express, in Via Dante Alighieri 22r, open Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 12:30pm.
Italian currency: the Euro comes in:
Name: Farmacia PagliacciType: Florence pharmacy
Address: Via della Scala, 61; 055-215612.
Note: This is the closest pharmacy to Casa Howard. Pharmacies usually open from 9:00am to 1:00pm and from 3:30 to 8:00pm. The times may vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Farmacia Molteni is open 24 hours.
Name: Farmacia Comunale n. 13Type: Municipal pharmacy
Address: Piazza Stazione (Train Station Santa Maria Novella); 055-216761
Note: The Farmacie Comunali in the city have alternate night time services, that is that they provide medicines at night according to a timetable that is displayed outside the pharmacies; on the side of the entrance they have small windows through which one can speak to the pharmacist and receive the medicine and pay.
Name: Corpo Polizia Municipale & Pronto InterventoType: Municipal, State Police
Address: Piazzale di Porta Al Prato, 6; 055-32851. Emergency: 113.
Note: The closest to Casa Howard. They intervene in serious crimes. Otherwise call the Carabinieri
Name: CarabinieriType: Military police
Address: Borgo Ognissanti, 48; 055-27661.
Note: They also intervene in various types of crimes.
Name: Ambulance* and Medical Emergencies 118
Name:General Emergencies 112
Name: *Misericordia di FirenzeType: Volunteer services (since the IV century)
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 19 /20; 055-212222.
Note: *There are other associations which also offer ambulance services, such as Humanitas..
Name: Red CrossAddress: Lungarno Soderini, 11; 055-27441.
Name: Ospedale Santa Maria NuovaType: Hospital emergency services
Address: Piazza Santa Maria Nuova, 1; 055-27581.
Name: American EmbassyAddress: Lungarno Vespucci, 38; 055-215550.
Note: Open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 12:30pm; closed Italian and American holidays.
Name: British EmbassyAddress: Lungarno Corsini, 2; 055-284133.
Name: Laundry and LaundromatAddress: Via della Scala, 79r; 055-210528, the first. Via della Scala, 52-54r; 055-580480, the second.
Name: Fotottica PrismaType: Photo shop
Address: Via Borgo Ognissanti, 112r; 055-283615.
Name: Internet TrainType: Florence Internet Cafe
Address: Via Porta Rossa 38r; 055-2741037.
Note: Open from Monday to Saturday, from 9:30am to 12:00am, Sundays from 10am to 12:00am. 1 hour: 4,30. They have many other services, among which all digital pictures and communication services, international call cards, etc.
Name: Poste ItalianeType: Florence postal office
Address: Via Pellicceria, 3; 055-217743.
Note: This is the main postal office in Florence, which doesn't close at lunchtime; it opens from 8:30am to 7:00pm, from Monday to Sunday.
Name: UPS, DHL, Federal ExpressType: Express package delivery
Address: UPS: Via della Scala, 13r; 055-268173. DHL: c/o Intertravel & Co.- Via Lamberti, 39/41r; 199-199345; Federal Express: 800-833040