Illux by Leo Cardini
After months of applications, paperwork and visa headaches, you are now living in Florence, one of the lucky 4,000 American students enrolled in one of the 40 different study-abroad programs. A celebratory gelato in hand, you are officially ready to start your European adventure.
No doubt you are already strategizing the best way to squeeze London, Dublin and Paris into a single long weekend. But before you go jetting off to Germany for Oktoberfest or to Prague to see Charles Bridge, take some time to get to know Florence.
The Florentine is here to help you transform this foreign city into your home, with guides and tips for local events, great dining and secret finds. Visit local marketplaces and pick out fresh tomatoes like a pro, see museums and exhibits off the beaten path and find all the good deals at the city shops (sometimes with a student discount!). And while you're making yourself at home in Florence, you might just be surprised at how Florence is changing you. You may have arrived as a Starbucks-wielding, fist-pumping American, but you'll leave a suave and savvy Florentine if you fully embrace the experience.