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Florida State University Florence Program unveils mural

Acclaimed artist and alumnus Michael Rosato has painted a mural on the premises of Florida State University’s Florence Program.

FOOD + WINE

Grocery shopping in Florence

Florence has many markets and supermarkets selling a range of grocery shopping options.

COMMUNITY

How to find student housing in Florence

Florence has a range of homestay accommodations, hotels and apartments for people studying in the city.

COMMUNITY

International Baccalaureate Programme at The International School of Florence

The International School of Florence takes great pride in offering the International Baccalaureate Programme to its students.

NEWS

YellowSquare hostel opens in Florence’s viale Redi

Student hostel YellowSquare opens in Florence's viale Redi, with 250 dorm beds, a rooftop pool, bar and restaurant.

FOOD + WINE

5 favourite happy hours in Florence

Finding discounted drinks in a lavish city like Florence can be tough. Here are 5 of our favourite happy hours.

FOOD + WINE

Best cheap eats for students in Florence

Avoid the overpriced tourist traps. Here are the five of the best cheap eats for students in Florence.

NEWS

Challenges and prospects for the study abroad industry in Florence

Fabrizio Ricciardelli, president of AACUPI – Association of American College and University Programs in Italy, explains the challenges and prospects for the study abroad industry in Florence.       ...

THINGS TO DO

BE.LONG makes staying longer in Florence easier

With every move, there are a series of practicalities to be sorted. The Be.Long platform brings all those bits to one place, making your longer-term move to the city as ...

COMMUNITY

A student’s guide to Florence mental health services

Prior to any student’s departure on his or her first solo trip abroad, common offhanded reminders may include not to get homesick, to brace oneself for culture shock or to ...

COMMUNITY

The perks of being a “stagista”

After years of struggling between classes, professors, deadlines and exams, finally you have your well-earned piece of paper. University has been an emotional rollercoaster, but you’re glad to be a ...

NEWS

JMU Open House and Aperitivo

Every year thousands of students study abroad in Florence, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. They also experience the reverse homesickness when they get back to their daily routines at home. We know all too well what it's like to day dream of eating gelato on

Lifestyle

10 tips for 24 hours in Florence

As anyone who has ever been fortunate enough to live in Florence can tell you, it is both a world-class city and a small town. While no short visit can come close to the experience of a months-long stay, a willingness to explore can lead to an approximation

Lifestyle

A letter to students in Florence

A university colleague recently asked me, ‘So what’s your other shtick—all writing professors have another shtick?’ I looked at him with a raised eyebrow and said ‘Art conservation,’ to which he responded by raising his eyebrow. Art is my passion and the

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Personalize your student apartment

Welcome, fledgling Florentine! After months of daydreaming about your fabulous life abroad, your plane has touched down at Peretola. You’ve chosen classes, stuffed some Italian slang up your sleeve, and ...

Lifestyle

Dress for Florence when studying abroad

Navigating life in Florence as a study-abroad student can be challenging enough without factoring in wardrobe worries. Prior to my Florence semester, I was used to a strange campus culture ...

Lifestyle

Want to spoil your semester in Florence? Here’s how

ph. Mary Gray You’ve weighed the pros and cons and have finally decided to take the plunge: you’re going to study abroad in Florence! The birthplace of the Renaissance. The ...

Lifestyle

Thanking Florence

I booked my departure flight a year ago, when leaving for nine months felt like the craziest decision I’ve ever made. People have many reasons for leaving: maybe it’s the experience, the fact that all your friends are going, or the chance to see a new

Lifestyle

Studying abroad in Florence

As most study-abroad students know, prior to your departure you are filled with all kinds of emotions. You are likely to be both anxious and excited about embarking on this adventure. For example, eager to learn as much as possible before I headed to Florence, I asked friends who

Lifestyle

How to make the most of your semester in Florence

If you are planning to come to Florence for a semester, then you already know that you’ve picked one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you are heading to Florence to study Italian, the arts, history or another area, one thing is sure: you will

Lifestyle

Homesickness

It happens to many students abroad: you are feeling the breeze upon your face, seeing friends smiling, eating delicious food—aware that it is not your usual breeze, not familiar smiles, and that the cappuccino and cornetto are making you yearn for your mom’s breakfast. And then

Lifestyle

Florence, for better or worse

Early this past summer, the TF staff caught wind of one of the many studying-in-Italy-themed ‘listicles’ making the rounds on social media. This particular piece was called ‘39 Reasons Studying Abroad in Italy Ruins You For Life.’ The title may have been a

Lifestyle

Study-abroad cooking guide

You’ve arrived in your rental apartment in Florence and are faced with a busy time ahead, sightseeing and learning. You have minimal time to cook, but eating out every night will quickly bust your budget. No problem. Italian cooking is easy and inexpensive. Follow these simple shopping and

Lifestyle

I chose Florence

When I first arrived in Florence, for my semester abroad in August 2012, I behaved much like I was on an extended spring-break vacation. It was a period of pure debauchery and I’m sure I only helped perpetuate the stereotype of the American girl gone wild while

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