Most students get around Florence on foot or by bus, and an unlimited bus pass will allow you to explore the city. In the historic center of Florence, almost anything a student might want to see or do is within a 30-minute walk. Florence's public bus system is easy to use and an efficient way to travel throughout the metro area. Taxis are also available 24 hours a day throughout the city. Opportunities for weekend and holiday travel abound due to Florence’s status as a well-connected European city.
Find the housing option that suits you:
If you are on the Standard Track, you will live in an apartment shared with other GBI: Florence participants and students from other US universities. Most apartments are located 20-40 minutes (either on-foot or by bus) from the CAPA study center. Florence’s buildings reflect its history, and each apartment is unique. Bedrooms are shared among 2-3 students, depending on the size, and all apartments are comfortably spacious, containing a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, shared living area, and a washing machine. Meals aren’t include, so plan on learning to cook with local ingredients!
Homestays are required if you participating in the Advanced Italian Track (Fall semester only) and are available (for an additional fee) if you are participating in the Standard Track. Located in residential neighborhoods on the edge of the city, you can expect a 40-minute commute to the CAPA Center from your homestay. CAPA carefully screens host families before you arrive to make sure that you have a safe and culturally immersive experience. Homestays include a private bedroom, access to the home’s kitchen, laundry facilities, living areas, and two meals per day. You should know that most host families do not speak English.