ISI Florenzine Blog


Structures of Palazzo Vecchio

  Palazzo Vecchio is a timeless landmark in the Florentine skyline. Its medieval bell tower effortlessly climbs atop the city’s terracotta roofs, meeting the Duomo’s gaze. It is no coincidence that this building is chalk full of history. The palace encompasses several ornate rooms, and at the heart of these rooms is the great hall.


Highlights in Architecture

During the Advanced Design Studio course, led by Professors Carlo Achilli and Daniela Sinicropi, RWU and UMD students met their Italian colleagues at the new University of Florence School of Architecture. After touring the facilities, students attended “Design in Beauty,” a lecture by Prof. Paolo di Nardo, which was followed by desk critiques.  


Exploring Our Surroundings

  Here in Florence, we are lucky to have such a wealth of history and culture surrounding us. In fact, it’s not everyday that you can find one of the world’s largest gothic churches in your school’s backyard. This past Thursday, our Social Media class ventured out of the classroom and into the Church of


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


Visiting Santa Croce: Only the Do’s

Some of the most memorable lessons don’t actually take place in the classroom. That’s why as ISI Florence students, it is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy site visits to the historical spots in Florence. Last Tuesday, our Social Media class learned about the Santa Croce Opera, and we took our social media talents to the


Peaceful City Views

Getting to my favorite place in the city is sometimes just as nice as being there. Florence is such a walkable city, I love how people hang out in piazzas and use the roads as social spaces rather than a means for a destination. Piazzale Michelangelo is across the river and up a steep hill –

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