Via Francigena An extraordinary journey to discover the Tuscan territory

Via Francigena crosses the entire Tuscan region marking a journey to discover her many places, even those lesser known, giving the visitor an opportunity to fully appreciate a land whose purpose is to amaze and inspire anyone who travels on it. The Via Francigena is a 380 km route that can be travelled in 15 stages; a fully signposted and secure journey to avoid repetition, thanks to important measures implemented over the years by the Tuscany Region; an itinerary that can be experienced by the traveler who wants to rediscover the beauty of the territory and regain their relationship with nature, through bicycle and horseback rides, and on foot, or a wonderful combination, whilst enjoying a gastronomic experience, rich in history, art, culture and spirituality.

Bite into Florence A tasty memory of Florence

To promote the history and culture of the Florentine territory through tasting its gastronomic delights, wine and extra virgin olive oil above all. This is the objective of Bite into Florence, a project conceived and financed by the Chamber of Commerce of Florence in collaboration with the Local Councils - Chianti Wine, Chianti Classico Wine, Tuscan Oil IGP and Chianti Classico DOP Oil - which have been encountering, since last year, dozens of students at the city headquarters of some of the most important foreign universities

A Week in Sicily

Sometimes one needs a pausa from home. After making Florence my home for the past six months, my study abroad program hosted by Smith College took us on a week-long tour in Sicily. Life moves more slowly on the island, and it’s much warmer, like the beginning of summer. The streets are full of stray cats and you can smell the mandarins growing on the side of the road.

My heart in Florence

I am Teng Ai, studying at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Academy of Fine Arts) of Florence. I have been living here for three years. Florence, in my heart, is a piece of jewellery, an elegant necklace mounted with colourful gemstones. Wearing some delicate leather shoes toget in touch with its old ways or while wandering around thevarious valleys, it is quite evident, and impressive though. Feeling no urge to think, I’m walking on the same stone pavement, where so many great ideas have once been thought.

The Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence The first edition from 9 to 11 March

On March 9, 2016, in the “Salone dei Cinquecento” (Palazzo Vecchio), an opening ceremony will launch the first Tuscan Anglo-American Festival in Florence in the presence of Dario Nardella (Florence Mayor), Cristina Giachi (Florence Deputy Mayor and City Councillor for School and Univerity Affairs), Abigal Rupp (U.S. Consul General in Florence), Portia Prebys (AACUPI President, that is, the Association of American University and College Programs in Italy), Julia Race (Director, British Institute of Florence), and Andrea Davis (Co-Director, Tuscan American Association). The organizers’ main goal is to highlight the strong link joining local U.S. university programs, Anglophone study centers, and Tuscany, thus promoting an ongoing dialogue that brings together institutions, scholars, teachers, and students from all over the world.

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