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Extracurricular activities

Our students have embarked on this incredible journey that will, in many different ways, change their perspective and understanding of cultures, people, life, and probably their very own future. In our intention to guide them as they experience this semester abroad, we plan cultural activities in and around Florence to help students get involved in

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New Jewish Studies program, ‘Shemah’, hosted by ISI Florence

  A school of Jewish studies and culture – named ‘Shemah’, which means to hear or to listen in Hebrew – has opened in Florence with the aim of divulging and deepening Jewish studies in Italy. The school offers semester courses in Jewish history, thought, and culture and covers both ancient and contemporary periods within

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ISI Florence app launched!

The Institute is proud to announce that the official ISI Florence mobile app is now available to all students, faculty, and staff. Practical functions and information such as Institute notices, housing maintenance forms, and personalized local maps are included to allow on-the-go access directly from mobile devices. In addition, essential program handbooks, course documents, and

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4 Rules to live like the Florentines

  Cappuccino & Cornetto Start your morning with an espresso beside a warm croissant. The Italians believe in a light breakfast and strong caffeine! Order and eat right at the bar to be out in only five minutes. Don’t be caught eating on the street: only tourists take their food onto the sidewalks in Florence.

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Live Drawings

We are proud to announce that our ISI Florence art students will be exhibiting in ‘Disegni Animati’ (Live Drawings). The display, organized by “Frida Onlus”, a local NGO committed to aid those affected by eating disorders, in collaboration with the City Council of Montecatini Terme (Tuscany), will be open to the public on Saturday, April

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A new ‘piazza’ for Bergamo

In December 2017, after six months of construction works, Bergamo’s Piazza Carrara was re-opened to the public. Architect and ISI Florence Professor Franco Pisani, in collaboration with Hut Creative members Alberto Becherini and Andrea Borghi, redesigned the square which leads to the ‘Citta’ Alta’ with its ‘Mura Venete’, the old city walls listed as a

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Il Granduca Innamorato

The recently published “Il Granduca Innamorato” (Nardini, 2017) tells the story of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Francesco I de’ Medici, and his second beloved wife, Bianca Cappello. It delves into the mystery of their sudden deaths at the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano, which occurred only a few hours apart from one another.

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Raw Portraits

ISI Florence Photography Professor Gloria Marco Munuera was awarded first place in the portrait category of the prestigious Spanish photography contest Quijotes 2017. Her winning series titled “Raw Potraits” is a collection of post-mortem samples of suspended animal parts commonly found at market counters. The full-color photographs represented on a black background, depict sophisticated and

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Riccardiana Library guidebook

In the 2017 Spring semester, ISI Florence students Oliver Jersild (Penn State) and David Kirby (Roger Williams) volunteered for the prestigious Riccardiana Library. Located on the first floor of Palazzo Medici Riccardi (one of the most famous Renaissance buildings in the world) and decorated with Baroque frescos by none other than Luca Giordano, the Riccardiana preserves thousands of centuries-old

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