ISI Florenzine Blog


Summer Program: Penn State HDFS

  Traveling to Florence with the Penn State Human Development and Family Studies program has been absolutely incredible! ISI Florence is to thank for many of our exciting adventures. Every staff member has gone above and beyond to make our travels worthwhile. Professor Erika Bianchi, who teaches the Ancient Rome course, led us through the


Fashion Journalism

The groundbreaking FASHION JOURNALISM/COMMUNICATIONS class at ISI Florence, taught by Mark Bernheim and Alessandro Masetti, engaged in two special events in June.  The first field trip – a key feature of the course itself now in its fourth iteration – was a visit to the largest and most important menswear trade show in the world,


Memorial Day 2018

On May 28 representatives of ISI Florence attended the annual Memorial Day Commemoration at the Florence American War Cemetery. Located just outside Florence, in the hamlet of Falciani, the 70-acre cemetery is the final resting place for 4,398 soldiers, killed during WWII and the liberation of Italy. There is also a section dedicated to the



The plane touched down on a narrow strip between mountains that I never realized were a part of the Italian landscape. I remember my feet feeling the ground, but for several weeks I continued to float, feeling as high as the jet I had just disembarked from. I drifted along the breeze through the alleyways


Lute Masterclass

  Improve your sound and performance through personalized musical technique advice and phrasing exercises. The 2018 Lute Masterclass with Maestro Lastraioli, now in its third edition, will be held once more at Palazzo Rucellai, headquarters of ISI Florence. This three-day course is open to all participants seeking a full immersion in the world of Renaissance


An Italian Perspective

We have learned a bit about the Italian lifestyle and narrowed it down to three main rules that Italians seem to follow religiously. Coffee Coffee is an important part of Italian culture. It is usually consumed at the end of every meal. There are specific types that are drunk at particular times of the day.

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