Ready to research your stay in Florence?
Here are some great places to start!
http://florenceforfree.co is an excellent blog on culture of Florence! Start with this article, http://florenceforfree.co/2013/07/12/how-to-be-a-hipster-in-florence/ which focuses on Piazza Santo Spirito, where our Florence school is located!
http://www.aboutflorence.com/links-about-Florence.html is the official municipal site explaining its administration and services, including those for foreigners, its restoration work on art and architecture, the city markets and sports facilities. This site offers 8 languages
These are the links to ACCENT INTERNATIONAL, the travel organization that we partner with in Florence. They arrange our housing, school campus, tours of the museums, cities, etc. They are fine establishment. Learn more about your college campus while studying in Florence: http://accentintl.com/cities/florence
Accent Intl also has a comprehensive list of local resources including eateries close to campus: http://accentintl.com/cities/florence/local-resources/
Firenze Spettacolo is a monthly magazine and e-zine that has all the events going on in Florence for the month, both in English and Italian. FYI: It’s headquartered in the same piazza as ECC Florence Summer Abroad 2016 program. Piazza Santo Spirito!
The Florentine is a great bi-weekly English newspaper. Get familiarized with The Florentine by reading this article: “Summer Florence” http://theflorentine.net/articles/articles.asp?browse-by=SummerFlorence
Practicing your Italian? Heres a cute karaoke video in Italian about “Italians” http://webtv.loescher.it/home/zoomPublic?contentId=725261
Florence Based Novels
"A Room With a View" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster
"Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio
"The Divine Comedy" by Dante Alighieri - this is definitely not easy reading but has shaped history
"I, Mona Lisa" by Jeanne Kalogridis
"The Birth of Venus" by Sara Dunant
"The Savage Garden" by Mark Mills
look into books by Magdalen Nabb - there is an entire series of mysteries set in Florence with Marshal Guarnaccia
"The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone - about Michelangelo - read great reviews about it, have yet to read it.
"The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci" by Dmitry Merezhkovsky
"A Florentine Revenge" by Cristobel Kent
"A Tuscan Childhood" by Kinta Beevor (then you can go visit the Fortress in Aulla yourself)
"Restoration: A Novel" by Olaf Olafsson
"Scandalous Secret, Defiant Bride" by Helen Dickson
"The Golden Hour" by Margaret Wirtele
"Passion of Artemesia" by Susan Vreelang
"Brunelleschi's Dome" by Ross King (historical, not fiction but offers great insight into the artist)
"Up at the Villa" by Somerset Maugham
"Vanilla Beans e Brodo" and "Bel Vino" by Isabella Dusi - of the area around Montalcino
"Crossing to Safety" by Wallace Stegner
"The Monster of Florence" by Douglas Preston and Mario Spezi - being made into a movie of a series of real murders committed around Florence late 60's-early 80s
The Medici Boy by heureaux
Readers can find a lengthy critique of L'Heureux's short fiction in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 244: American Short Story Writers. (Bruccoli Clark Layman, 2001)