Florence, Italy, is a picturesque location for an international internship or study abroad experience. With a wide range of courses or internship fields to choose from, you are guaranteed to have an incredible experience either in the classroom or at your internship site, but Florence will also provide you with countless activities to do during your free time! Here are just a few fantastic ideas; and if Florence sounds like your cup of tea, check out our Italy program description or apply today!
Florence is home to some of Europe’s most beautiful architectural wonders. As a flagship center of Renaissance art and culture, the city is full of rich history and ornate churches, palaces, plazas, and more. Wonder at beautiful churches such as Florence Cathedral or the Basilica di Santa Croce, wander the halls and art galleries of the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, or the Palazzo Strozzi, and take in the city life of Florence in plazas such as the Piazza della Repubblica or the Piazza della Signoria. No matter where you find yourself in this city, you are sure to find yourself transplanted in history and will develop a new appreciation for old world charm.
It goes without saying that as the center of the Renaissance, Florence is a pretty prime location for art aficionados. The city is home to countless museums, galleries, and castles or other structures-turned-exhibition halls. Some of the best places to experience art in Florence, both old and new, are the Uffizi Gallery, Galleria dell’Accademia, and the National Museum of Bargello, the last of which is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Florence! If museums are your thing, consider getting a Firenze Card during a long weekend, which allows you access to 72 Florence museums within 72 hours for 72 Euros. Challenge yourself to enjoy as many galleries as you can in three days!
In between all this sightseeing and museum chasing, you are going to need to refuel at least a few times. Luckily, you are in one of the world’s top culinary destinations! Florence is located in Italy’s Tuscany region, which is famous for it’s simple, fresh dished often featuring local produce, grilled meat, and a complimenting glass of wine. Because there are dozens of incredible dishes to try, it might be impossible to sample them all. Try to find a few of your favorites from home—but with a Florentine twist! Dishes such as Lasagne al Forno, Ravioli Nudi, and Bistecchine di Maiale (pork chops) will be reminiscent of Italian food you may have had before, but others may surprise you and provide your taste buds with an entirely new experience.
If exploring the architecture, art, and food of Florence isn’t enough, there are plenty more cultural events and attractions to satisfy your travel bug! Nearly every month, the city is home to festivals and events commemorating holidays and important dates, such as Martedi Grasso (Mardi Gras/Carnival) in February, The Feast of San Lorenzo in August, and the International Antique Fair and Exhibit in October. In addition, the city also hosts many cultural events such as Open-air Opera Performances in July as well as public wine-tastings, city tours, and day trips. You can even rent a bike and explore more off-the-beaten path locations in Florence. The opportunities to explore Florence’s culture are endless.
No matter how you choose to spend your free time in Florence, you are guaranteed to have a fantastic cultural experience, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change your world. Take the
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Posted by World Endeavors on October 20, 2016
World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.