The “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence, in Italy, is a city bursting with international students, millions of visitors and thousands of artistic events every year. Studying in Florence, you will benefit from respected credentials in your subject area and significantly increase your career prospects. Make your study abroad experience unforgettable in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet! Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, located in the heart of the country. The region was an inspiration for important names in the world of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, and Paolo Uccello.
Florence is a major production and commercial centre in Italy. The local economy is supported by tourism, industries such as textile, furniture, metalwork, pharmaceuticals, glass and ceramics, and chemistry. Jewellery, embroidery, food and wine have long been an important staple of the city’s economy.
Many students in Florence begin working in the hospitality sector (pubs, restaurants, and hotels), art galleries, teach English or other foreign languages, become tour guides, babysitters, or perform various artistic activities.
From small and medium enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, you can find internships and part-time opportunities in Florence. Some of the most famous brands that call Florence home include Prada, Gucci, Armani, Giusto Manetti Battiloro, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Bulgari, or Visconti.
Florence had the first museum in the world and the city itself resembles much like a large-scale museum, to the point where it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides its stunning beauty and its rich artistic scene, Florence has a lot to offer in terms of cultural diversity, international events, nightlife, places to relax, shopping, food and entertainment.
Some of the famous landmarks in Florence to include on your visiting list are: Basilica di San Lorenzo, Uffizi Gallery, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Museo di San Marco, the Galleria Palatina, Piazza del Duomo, Firenze Art Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Gucci Museum, the Palazzo Pitti, the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, and the Palazzo Vecchio.
From handmade shoes to luxury leather products, Florence is a great place for fashion and shopping. The city is filled with outdoor markets, such as the San Lorenzo market, the Mercato Nuovo, and Piazza Santo Spirito.
Florence has many parks, gardens where you can relax. Explore and enjoy places like the Boboli Gardens, Giardino delle Rose (the Rose Garden), the Villa Bardini, or the Giardino dell'Orticultura.
From Florence, you can easily travel to major Italian cities, like Siena, Rome, Bologna, Perugia, Milan, or Venice. You can also visit important locations of the Tuscany region: the Chianti area, the Versilia Riviera, the wild Maremma, the Tuscan archipelago, and the Elba Island.
Florence has a distinct international flavour and one of the richest multicultural communities in Italy. In Florence, you will find many differences among the population in terms of ethnicity, religious beliefs, traditions and customs. You will get the chance to socialise with other foreign students and make new friends that share common interests. The steady waves of visitors adds up to the cosmopolitan atmosphere surrounding the city.
Florence has a mostly Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Average temperatures in July are 25C (77F), but the level of humidity is high, due to the Arno River which runs the centre of the city. The coolest months are December and January, with average temperatures of 6 °C (42 °F).
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