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Florence

What better place to find inspiration than the birthplace of the Renaissance? Florence has cultivated the ideas and inventions of visionaries like Galileo, Leonardo, and Machiavelli. It enabled talents such as Brunelleschi, Dante and Donatello to emerge to fame. More recently, designers like Cavalli, Gucci, and Ferragamo call Florence home. There is something in the air of this central Italian city that sparks creativity. Discover your muse in Florence, where you can study art history while gazing at Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, build your artistic portfolio in the city of Michelangelo, be wowed by high-end fashion as you walk down the street, and satisfy your every foodie-and-oenophile dream as you slip into your own Florentine life.

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Italy

Twenty unique regions, each with their own dialects, traditions, and history...The world’s largest concentration of artistic and architectural treasures...Stunning landscapes and celebrated cuisine, wine, and fashion...It can only be Italy. Study abroad where the Romans tread, establishing a civilization that influenced the globe and generating a rich culture shaped by history. A founding member of the European Union, today’s Italy is a young country with traditions that date back centuries. Spend a semester, a summer, or an academic year in a country that welcomes students of all disciplines; whether you study art history or business, fashion or sociology, communications or ethics, Italy has much to offer.

Emily Schiavone, Center Director, Florence

Employed by CEA Florence since 2008, Emily is responsible for the management and development of the Florence Study Center and all study abroad programs that it hosts. Emily provides leadership and direct oversight to the Student Services and Student Life sectors of programs, and works in tandem with the Academic Director on academic matters regarding the Florence Center and partner institutions. More

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Local Highlights

Corri La Vita

This 5km fundraiser for breast cancer research is held on the last Sunday of September each year. The event draws thousands of native and adopted Florentines on a walk that weaves through the city, when some museums and landmarks offer free entrance for the day.


RED

This bookshop/café/restaurant offers organic and local produce. With space and late hours for studying, it’s conveniently located just two steps away from the CEA Florence Center.


Aperitivo at Kitch Deux

The aperitivo is an Italian institution, but not all are created equal. Kitch Deux offers not only an unending buffet, but also local university peers to meet!


Free Museums

Sticking around town on the weekends pays off if you plan to visit the Uffizi Gallery, David at the Accademia, the national sculpture museum at the Bargello, the various museums at Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens… Every first Sunday of the month, these state museums offer free admission.


Fuori di Taste

An annual city-wide fair of food, fashion & design that involves local companies in all three sectors. Fuori di Taste takes place each year in mid-March.


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Living Like a Local  
My host family allowed me to experience culture on a new level. It helped my language speaking ability, and I got to experience life as it's lived by the locals. Another perk: my host mom is an amazing cook.

Nathaniel DeRidder
Cardinal Stritch University,
Fall 2015, Florence, Italy

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