Student Life in Florence

” Non ho mai insegnato nulla ai miei studenti; ho solo cercato di metterli nelle condizioni migliori per imparare ” Albert Einstein

Lend a helping hand! American Students and Italian Senior citizens helping one another

By Costanza Menchi - Florida State University in Florence Faculty One might think that American Study abroad students and a group of Italian senior citizens have little in common, but instead, a group of Florida State...

The opportunity to connect with Florence through volunteering

By Shira Burns and Isabella Grezzi - Students at Smith College in Florence Florence is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for college students. However, because most students are here on one-semester programs, they...
Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy

A step in the right direction Italy elected its new President

By Matthew Lipina - Student at Gonzaga in Florence University On January 31st Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella as the new President of Italy. Members of Parliament and the regional delegates in Italy elected Mattarella on...

Florence food and sustainability A hands on experience

“We learned so much about Florentine cuisine and the food systems in Italy, how food travels from the field to our forks. Most importantly, we fostered new lifelong relationships with a handful of wonderful people we met throughout the week!”. A great opportunity for engaging with local community for Jason, Brianna and Maureen, three young American undergraduate students, enrolled in the “Sustainable Food & Environmental Systems Program” offered by the International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai: a full week of hands-on experience where the 16 program participants have worked side by side, instructed and supervised by local vendors, coordinators, and chef. Partners included CFT Transportation and Logistics, Caritas Soup Kitchen, S. Ambrogio market, La Bottega della Frutta grocery shop, as well as the restaurants La Spada, Buca Lapi and Centopoveri.
Photo by Dorin Vasilescu -

“Creative People in Florence” A nook for artists in Florence

by Ela Vasilescu - Writer Throughout history, Florence has been the city of creative people, a place where artist and artisans followed their path to create, to be inspired or to keep old traditions alive. They...

My Lady Radio! Beautiful experience at the Radio Station in Florence

by Shira Burns - Student at Smith College in Florence I never imagined that I’d be hearing my voice speaking Italian on air for the entire population of Florence to hear. For the past 19 Thanksgiving...

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