The International Studies Institute consists of two buildings, Palazzo Rucellai and Palazzo Bargagli, both in the bustling heart of Florence.
ISI occupies the main floor of Palazzo Rucellai, a historic residential landmark designed in the mid-fifteenth century by Leon Battista Alberti, eminent Renaissance humanist, scholar, and architect. Located in the city center on the splendid Via della Vigna Nuova, Palazzo Rucellai is one of the oldest and most prestigious patrician residences in Florence. It has been home to the Rucellai family for more than 500 years, and they continue to occupy portions of the building to this day.
Palazzo Bargagli was constructed as a patrician residence in the fourteenth century. Originally in the hands of a famous Florentine banking family, the Bardi, before becoming property of the Sienese Bargagli, it was completely refurbished at the turn of the 20th century and recently modernized in 2009. The palazzo is located on Lungarno delle Grazie, one block away from the National Library and a stone’s throw from beautiful Piazza Santa Croce. The ground floor of Palazzo Bargagli hosts the Institute’s Art Studio, where fresco, drawing, and painting classes are held and where student artists birth the next generation of masterpieces.