Ciao! Our destination of the week in the Study Abroad Office is Florence, Italy—a city for those with a love for art, history, incredible food, and all things Italian.
Florence, Italy is located in the heart of Tuscany so beyond the city itself lies rolling hills and small Tuscan towns. It’s a day trip away from Rome, Venice, Lucca, Pisa, and Cinque Terre. Florence is considered the birthplace of Renaissance, ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, one of the top 50 fashion capitals of the world, and one of the best places to study abroad in my opinion. 😉 Many Italians are familiar with English so there is a small language barrier in comparison to other places around the world. It is a city that definitely accommodates to international students and thrives from the tourism. If the thought of the best pizza, pasta, and gelato you’ll ever have, walking along cobblestone streets to get to class, and spending the afternoon by the Ponte Vecchio is enticing…keep on reading to learn more about programs, things to do, etc.
Lorenzo de Medici—the most popular program at Clemson. It’s an international institute meant for students studying abroad. They offer a wide range of classes as well as clubs to join in order to meet other students
ISA, CEA, and API are other providers with programs in Florence, Italy but they aren’t the only ones so come into the office to learn more!
Among other things Florence is known for their food. Many restaurants feature family style meals where you sit with your group of friends and are brought out large portions of different items on their menu. The exciting thing is you don’t choose what you get so this is all a surprise but don’t be alarmed, there’s not a thing in Florence that could taste bad! Fresh meats, cheeses, vegetables, fruits, and homemade pastas can be bought at the many markets in Florence.
One of the great things about Florence is how the locals live. Time is spent with family or friends over a glass of wine at a side street café, walking in the park, or sitting by the Ponte Vecchio people watching. There’s a quiet peacefulness to life unlike the rush and madness that we sometimes experience here.
Things to Do:
Free time? Besides traveling on the weekends, there’s an abundance of things to do in Florence. Ride horses on a vineyard tour, go on a bike tour of Tuscany, climb to the top of the Duomo, visit the small Tuscan town of Fiesole (a short bus ride away), or spend a day in one of the many museums. You can even take a gelato or pasta making class if you’re a food enthusiast. There’s never a dull day in Florence!
Immerse yourself in the culture and love every minute of it!