Today 22 July 2010 we went into the centre and purchased tickets for the Florence Open Top Tour bus 50euros (the children were free) It is valid for 48hours. This equates to about $73Aud. The tour was fantastic and we can hop on and hop off the bus for 2 days. This is a really good way to get an idea of where things are to see and do, write down the streets and search for them later.
The tickets also gave us 2 large cokes at MacDonalds for 1euro.
Some of the streets we went through however would quite easily blow your budget out of the water if you let them... shops like Salvatore Ferragamo, Prada, Tiffany, Gucci and Dior. I could use my whole 3 months budget on 1 handbag at Hermes... but of course I won't. :-)
So far our total spend this first week : 370euros ($535AUD) Includes everything except accomodation (187euros per week).
So far so good, our first week will be the most expensive I expect.