You know, Italy's always been a good place to hide while the world crashes in around you. It is said that there are over 250 U.S. sponsored programs in Florence; here are a few (plus some others) to get you going. These are some academic sites I've found on the Web; I'm not necessarily recommending any of them.
- The University of Florence
- European University Institute
- The British Institute of Florence An experience all by itself.
- Arizona State University's Summer Program in Florence
- Italian Medieval and Renaissance Art From Boston University at Capitignano.
- California State University Year-long program in Florence. You need to be a student at one of the CSU campuses.
- Columbia College Chicago Summer Session in Florence.
- Duke University summer program in Florence and Rome (Mostly Rome)
- Fairfield University Semester and year-long program. Appears to be of immense size.
- Gonzaga-in-Florence Their course on Renaissance Art.
- Harding University in Florence Not much information on courses.
- Iowa State University The site for their Semester in Florence program.
- Sarah Lawrence College in Italy
- The Renaissance in Florence A study abroad course offered by Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
- Monmouth University, New Jersey Fall semster program in Florence.
- Portland Community College One-semester program in Florence.
- Pratt Institute Florentine Art and Culture
- Syracuse University Perhaps the largest program in Florence, with large programs in many undergraduate subjects and an M.A. program in art history.
These come from past personal experience, or were recommended on various list-servs. Note the Ritz is not included.
- Two well-known "low-cost hotels", both in the Santa Croce area:
- Hotel Medici "Inexpensive place near the Duomo...just around the corner from the Piazza della Repubblica [it] is ideally located and, with a 2-star rating, is reasonably priced." From the CAAH listserv, 18 September 2009.
- Hotel Cestelli ..."a nice, affordable place for me in the past. They are very friendly and have a website" (see above). From the CAAH listserv, 18 September 2009.
- Suore Oblate dell'Assunzione (convent). From the CAAH listserv, 18 September 2009. Described as simply furnished, with a pretty garden (some rooms overlook it), with an 11 pm curfew (a bit tough for Florence--no nightlife allowed). If that doesn't bother you, there are convents throughout Italy available for lodging. Here is a link to Monastery Stays, with photos and links to other convents. Some are for women only; this one is open to all:Borgo Pinti, 15 Phone: 055.248.0582; Fax: 055.234.6291 11pm curfew
- Albergo Fiorino, "which is in Via Osteria del Guanto right off Via dei Neri, behind Palazzo Vecchio" From the CAAH listserv, 26 April 2007. Currently (18 September 2009) listed as a three-star hotel.
Above right: Luca della Robbia, Portrait of a Young Woman 1465, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. Lower right: Detail of the facade of San Miniato al Monte, Florence.