Week One in Florence

Posted by: on September 5, 2013   |Comments (0)|Orientation

One week in… orientation is over, and classes are just beginning.

The Providence College students arrived in Florence on Monday August 26th, part of a larger group (101 students) attending university in Florence as part of the Fairfield in Florence program.

The students were greeted by the Fairfield Florence staff and spent the first night in a hotel as every one gathered from around the United States. Several orientation sessions (apartment living, safety, travel, classes at Florence University of the Arts) occurred on Tuesday and continued throughout the week readying the students for their semester. Some students signed up to learn about service opportunities, an Art History tour of Florence, Firenza Fiorentina Soccer game; all were eager to get to their apartments in Central Florence.

We have views of the Duomo out our window. apartmentview


Our washing machine and refrigerator aren’t working;  luckily they are being quickly replaced.  Florence and Abroad, the housing agency that works with Fairfield to provide city apartments is very responsive.


A few photos from the Art History Tour of Central Florence


20130905-133201.jpgStrozzi Palace

20130905-133112.jpg Olive Tree of Peace, 20th Anniversary of the Florence Bombing


ladiesoverarnoPonte Santa Trinita over the River Arno





Touch the wild boar sculpture and you will return to Florence.










On Sunday the group traveled by bus to Pisa, by way of Ikea. The stop at Ikea gave the students the opportunity to purchase a few things for their apartments.  There was a bit of confusion reading the Italian “Students were looking for sheets, but ended up with duvet covers.”   “Tablecloths were no where to be found”


Pisa, about an hour bus ride from Florence, has a long history of rivalry for ruling Tuscany. Lead by two guides we visited the bapistry, the Cathederal and the Leaning Tower.


Inside the Pisa bapistry.


And orientation week is a wrap.


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Posted by: on September 5, 2013   |Comments (0)|Orientation