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FLORENCE     Florence –  the capital of the Tuscany region and the cradle of Renaissance   We opted for Flix Bus while traveling from Venice to Florence. The road journey takes about three and a half-hour. In Florence, it terminates at the rear end of Santa Maria Novella (SMN) train station. One of Italy’s busiest stations, it got its name from Santa Maria Novella Church just across the plaza from the main entrance. We debarked at the station and refreshed ourselves at McDonald's before hiring a cab for our hotel. Florence, popularly known as ‘Firenze’ by the Italians, is located in central Italy. This dreamy city with a romantic name is the regional capital of the lovely Tuscany region.   Columbus Hotel, where we stayed, is located in Lugarno District. We always prefer to book our hotels through Booking.com as we always land up getting good hotels at good locations. Despite being a little away from the heart of the city and Santa Maria Novella station

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ON LANGUAGES SPOKEN IN INDIA


Did you know that India is one of the richest multilingual countries in the world ?


Did you know that out of 600 languages in India 198 languages are threatened with extinction,more than anywhere else in the world ?


Did you know that a Greater Andamanese language is believed to be 65000 years old ?


Startling facts as revealed by Rudraneil Sengupta in his remarkable article published in Mint on 8 October 2011. 

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Mapping India | We the speakers

Just how many languages co-exist in India? A new survey is throwing up some startling figures

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