this may seem like a silly question, but when I travel I really love to immerse myself as much as possible in the actual local culture, customs, traditions, etc. My husband and I will be leaving for Florence at the end of September and I would like to know some super basic things:
* meal times- having travelled to alot of places, i know that what is breakfast/lunch/dinner times for me here in NYC isn't always a direct translation in other places. For example, in Mexico lunchtime is later in the day around 2 or 3pm and this is the biggest meal of the day with "dinner" being a lite snack or coffee with a sandwich(in most cases). Or in Spain dinner is late in the evening like 10pm for example. What is it like in Florence with meals?
*I am really very interested in seeing local flea markets, antique markets, vintage stores.. .are there any special days for them or locations where one could find these.
*any advice on tipping? Is tip usually included in the check at restaurants? how much % of tip should one give?
*this is a very stupid question but i'll ask it anyway.... can i walk around with my camera out? I do not want to keep putting it away everytime i am done with it. I KNOW this is a stupid question but having heard so many horror stories on pick pockets and such in Florence I am a little paranoid. Being a NYer I don't expect to walk around not paying attention but I also would rather not create temptation.
Thanks in advance for your help/advice with this.