So you've made it to bella Italia, the land of pizza and gelato, where the sun always shines, no one ever stops talking or pays their taxes, and lovelorn Romeos call out ‘Buongiorno principessa!' to their sweethearts. While the country may not live up to all its stereotypes, you are sure to be in for a culture shock. The Florentine is here to help you transform this city of artistic treasures, gastronomic delights and locals who babble away at a thousand miles an hour, into your home. We can help you discover the markets and the secret bakeries, figure out the mysteries of the train system, give you tips on good deals and student discounts, and most importantly, help you get off the tourist track and experience the real Florence. Check out the section ‘Students in Florence' at www.theflorentine.net for this and much more. Keep up by reading each issue online or in print: you'll find copies of TF at one of our 150 distribution points (see back page). Last but not least, the conversation continues on Facebook (www.facebook.com/tfnews) and Twitter (@theflorentine)!