ISI Florenzine Blog


Traveling Back in History

Rachel Rosen Quinnipiac University Social Media Course with Prof. Alessandro Masetti    Studying in Florence means learning about its culture and history. There is easy access to several historical monuments, museums, and art.   Here are some tips on how to engage in Florence’s history. Don’t let religion stop you Italy is one of the


Explore the Unknown – Make it Your Known

Jessica Morgan University of Connecticut  Social Media Course with Prof. Alessandro Masetti    Being anywhere for the first time can be intimidating. Florence is a great city to visit because it is ‘walk-able’. While you are here it is crucial to experience getting lost. Now, I am not talking about being out at 2:00 AM and having


My Day as a Teaching Assistant

“I really enjoy the position, especially because it gives me a more personal look into Florence (that I would otherwise be unable to see ). I have definitely been challenged in the way that I understand this language, because teaching my mother tongue while also using my Italian skills has been a big learning process. This


ISI Florence Plus Seven Years Equals Self-Confidence!

Gabriella Krohmal University of Virginia ISI Florence Alumna Spring 2010   I studied abroad in Florence during the spring of 2010. While there, I learned many important lessons. For example, there’s a strong correlation between good food and wine and a happy life, and the most colorful gelato is usually the least flavorful. The most


Looking Forward

‘Ctrl+Z. A STEP BACK TO GO FORWARD’ We look forward to the upcoming second issue of the ISI Florence Architectural Journal ‘Il Quaderno’ .


Life & Love in the 21st Century

Tiziano Lucchesi (Art, Drawing, and Fresco professor at ISI Florence) has been invited to contribute to the art exhibition for the 8th Congress of the World Council for Psychotherapy, which will be held in Paris on July 24-28, 2017 in collaboration with UNESCO. The conference will deal with life and love in the 21st century. Artists


To Coin a Phrase, ‘When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do’

Jiayi Wang and Yiran Sun Pennsylvania State University Intercultural Communication Course with Prof. Christian Tarchi   This proverb by Saint Ambrose is about living according to the local norms. It may apply to many different aspects, such as respecting beliefs, following daily practices, and dressing and eating like the locals. When we go on a trip


A Musical Miracle from Madrigals to the Beatles

On May 5-7, 2017 Palazzo Rucellai hosted the successful Masterclass led by Maestro Gianluca Lastraioli. Conducted in collaboration with soprano Patrizia Vaccari (professor of Baroque and Renaissance singing), the course focused on the performance of Italian Madrigals and the use of ‘Basso Continuo’ for lute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar. Professor Vaccari’s group of over fifteen

Homage to Aldus Manutius

  In 2015 a flurry of important publications celebrated the 500th anniversary of the death of Aldus Manutius (c. 1451–1515), founder of the famous Venice-based Aldine Press responsible for more first editions of classical literature, philosophy, and science than any other publisher before or since.  Although with a little delay, for which we apologize, ISI Florence has participated in this well-deserved

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