INDEX

INTRODUCTION
THE CLIMATE
CULTURE
MUSEUMS
GEOGRAPHY
SPORTS
TIPS WHEN SHOPPING

INTRODUCTION

San Francisco is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of more than 7.4 millionpeople which includes San Jose and Oakland. The only consolidated city-county in California, it encompasses a land area of 46.7 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, giving it a density of 17,243 people per square mile(6,655/km2). The City of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in California and the 13th most populous city in the United States, with a 2010 estimated population of 808.000.

Nowadays, San Francisco is a popular international touristdestination, renowned for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge. The city is too the principal banking and finance center, and the hometo more than 30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco eighteenth place in the world's top producing cities. It is the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California andthe second-most densely populated large city in the United States. 

THE CLIMATE
The climate of San Francisco is the characteristic Mediterranean climate of the coast of California, with fresh humid winters and summers dry. Since it is surrounded inthree sides by water, the climate of San Francisco is strongly influenced by the cold currents of the ocean Pacific Ocean, which tends to moderate the oscillations of temperature and to produce a fresh climate, with few variation of seasonal temperature.The dry period, from May to October, is fresh, with maximum temperatures I mediate of 13-16 °C and minims of 6-8 °C. The period of rains, from November to April it is fresh with maximum temperatures of 8-14 °C and minims of between 3 and 6 °C. [continua]

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