Top 7 Reasons to Study Abroad in Florence

In honor of my returning to Firenze in just seven (SEVEN!) days, here are my top 7 reasons to study abroad in Florence!

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  1. You will drink all the wine

Situated in Tuscany, Florence is home to some of the most notable (and delicious) wines in the world. A day trip to some of the local Tuscan vineyards is a must, and provides the perfect opportunity to learn about the different regional wines you are sure to be consuming. Pro tip: when ordering a glass of vino at an Italian restaurant, be sure to ask for the vino della casa, or house wine, if you don’t see it on the menu—they tend to be local and less expensive than the other wines listed!

Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence: Enjoy a glass of wine in one of Firenze's bustling piazzas.

Piazza di Santa Croce, Florence: Enjoy a glass of wine in one of Firenze’s bustling piazzas.

  1. And eat the best food in the world

Nothing could have prepared me for the amazing cuisine available in Italy. All of the food is made with fresh, largely unprocessed ingredients, and much of the produce is locally grown and seasonal. If you want to gain 10 pounds (not really, I promise you will be walking a lot!) then Italy is the place for you. Buon appetito!

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Florence, Italy: We certainly enjoyed this mouthwatering Bistecca Fiorentina, a Florentine specialty.

  1. You can enjoy a night (or many) out on the town

Florence is a very popular tourist destination and attracts a variety of people from all over the world, making any night out on the town an international experience. Within the city, there are many nightlife options available ranging from low-key pubs to energy filled clubs for a fun night of dancing.

Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence: Even the walk home from a night out is better in Firenze.

Ponte Santa Trinita, Florence: Even the walk home from a night out is better in Firenze.

  1. Size Matters

Not to big, not too small, Florence is just right. At the heart of things, Florence truly is a small city. While it may seem large at first, as you become more familiar with your surroundings, you will be able to easily navigate and become intimately familiar with the many intriguing corners of this picturesque and historic location.

Like a local: Took my backpacking sorority sister to my favorite gelateria, ristorante, and view in Florence

Like a local: Took my backpacking sorority sister to my favorite gelateria, ristorante, and view in Florence

  1. History and charm are everywhere you turn

Florence is a city steeped in history. If you are living in the city’s historic center while you are there, chances are the apartment you will be living in is older than the United States. You will be surrounded by rich remnants of the Italian Renaissance, such as incredible churches, artistic masterpieces, and unparalleled architecture while walking along the same streets that Dante, Donatello, and Brunelleschi once strolled.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence: An art history nerd's dream-passing Brunelleschi's Duomo every day.

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence: An art history nerd’s dream-passing Brunelleschi’s Duomo every day.

  1. Location, Location, Location

The central location of Florence makes it easy, fast, and inexpensive to travel within Italy. A high-speed train will get you from Florence to Venice in just over two hours, while a train to Rome is only about an hour and a half. With the wide availability of trains and busses, planning weekend trips from Florence is a breeze. Additionally, Italy shares its borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, making weekend getaways a must!

Cinque Terre, Italy: Just a day trip from Florence, the picturesque coastal Cinque Terre awaits you.

Cinque Terre, Italy: Just a day trip from Florence, the picturesque coastal Cinque Terre awaits you.

  1. Fall in Love with the Language and Culture

Italian is widely regarded as one of the most romantic languages in the world. What better way to practice your Italiano, then within Italy itself? The easiest way to learn is to steep yourself in Italian culture, make friends with the locals, and practice often!

Accademia di belle arte dell'Firenze, Florence. The easierst way is to do this is to fall in love with an Italian man, just like I did with David.

Accademia di belle arte dell’Firenze, Florence: The easiest way to do this is to fall in love with an Italian man, just like I did with David.

Why do you think Florence is the perfect place to spend a summer, semester, or a year?

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