Semester in Florence Excursions

Florence Welcome DinnerCiao a tutti,

We are excited to fill you in on the upcoming culture rich excursions you will participate in the near future! You will all be meeting the CISabroad Site Directors Romina Marchionne, Chiara Salvi & Alessandro Bruno when you arrive on site in Florence. During your first few days once you arrive in Florence, you will be taken out for a delicious welcome dinner with all other students in the program to kick off your time in Italy!

Alessandro, Romina and Chiara have spent a lot of time in Florence and know the best of the best!  While you are there they will be helping you to have a true Florentine experience.

Every couple of weeks,  Alessandro or Chiara will host a La Vida Local activity.  In the past, these activities have included activities like market visits around Florence, a visit to the mountain town of Fieosle to see where medieval royalty went on vacation, San Miniato hike, a visit to Maiano Farm for an oil tasting, cooking classes, and the “Best Gelato Experience” in Florence.

Being in Florence alone is a piacere mondiale, but we think it’s important for you to stretch your wings out and enjoy the other gems Italy has to offer.

Additionally, there will be one day trip coordinated by CISabroad. There’ll be more information about your excursions & activities at your onsite orientation in Florence!


Venice – November 23-24

With its historic buildings and gorgeous canals, Venice is one of Italy’s most famous attractions. This floating city consists of a group of 117 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Sometimes called the “Queen of the Adriatic” or the “City of Water,” Venice offers its visitors an unforgettable experience. On the first day of this Field Learning, students will have the opportunity to visit Venice’s main sites, including San Marco’s basilica. On the second day, a day trip to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello – Venice’s most picturesque islands – will give students a taste of authentic Venetian culture.

Turin – September 28-29

Turin must be one of Italy’s most unsung cities. While most travelers to Italy head to the triptych Rome-Florence-Venice, Turin appears to remain off the tourists’ radar. This northern Italian city is known at economic-level most of all for its car production, due to the automobile factory FIAT and to its allied industries. In recent years, however, Turin has successfully reinvented itself as a city of the arts, design and gastronomy. While Rome is associated with Antiquity and Florence with the Renaissance, Turin is Italy’s regal city per excellence. First capital of unified Italy and historic home to the Savoy kings, Turin is an elegant city filled with beautiful baroque churches and palazzi, 11 miles of porticos and a vibrant cultural scene—not to mention great food and some of the best wines in the world.

You can check out additional excursions through FUA (available at an additional cost) on FUA’s Student Life Department site.

For more pictures of students on excursions, please see the CISabroad Italy Facebook page.