If you're studying abroad in Florence this semester and come from the States, you're going to notice some differences between your hometown and this one. America: land of convenience, high-speed wi-fi, Walmart. Florence is not the same-nor should it be. So life here may take some getting used to. Cognizance, in this sense, is key. Be prepared and have realistic expectations and you will be happy (or at least not nastily surprised!).