Fi connected

Editorial Staff
November 19, 2009

Netizens can now Tweet from the steps of Santa Croce or upload photos to Facebook in Piazza Signoria just minutes after taking them. The Firenze Wi-Fi initiative, which began on November 11, provides free, one-hour Internet access in 12 city squares and parks. 

 

Through the new program, Piazza della Signoria, Piazzale Michelangelo, Piazza Santo Spirito, Parco San Donato, Piazza Ghiberti, Piazza Santa Croce, Piazzale delle Cascine, Piazza SS. Annunziata, Piazza Bambini di Beslan, Parterre, Via Canova, and Piazza Alberti all have wi-fi acess.

 

The next phase of the project, scheduled for 2010, will activate free wireless Internet access in Piazza Duomo, along the entire Tramvia Line 1, from Scandicci to the city centre, and Santa Maria Novella train station.

 

To get connected, users take their laptops or smartphones to the wi-fi areas and choose the strongest ‘Firenze WiFi' connection. They must register via the browser webpage, giving their name, surname and mobile number. Once registered, users call 055/4650034 to receive a password via text message.

 

Wi-fi access is allowed for one hour or 300 megabites, whichever comes first. Four months from now, users should be able to continue the connection past one hour for a small fee, with the cost charged to their cell phones.

 

The city also wants bars and restaurants in the city to provide free wi-fi, in addition to other services. To keep the outdoor terraces that over 500 eateries have in the city centre, city council says, bar and restaurant owners have to give something back to clients, whether it be free wi-fi, high chairs for babies or baby-changing spaces. 

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