ITALY: Florence


There is plenty to do and see in Italy. Florence hosts many fashion events as well as plays, concerts and sporting events. There are numerous museums of contemporary, Baroque and Renaissance art. If you need a break from Florence, there are several picturesque small villages within an hour’s train ride.


Students live in furnished apartments. Apartments consist of a living area, kitchen, 2 to 4 bedrooms and 1 to 2 bathrooms. Most bedrooms are double-occupancy.

Students can prepare meals in their apartment or dine out at one of many cafes and restaurants throughout Florence. Living in Italy provides a great opportunity to learn how to cook Italian-style using healthful ingredients such as tomatoes, olive oil and garlic. Grocery stores and open-air markets can be found throughout the city.

Getting around town

Florence has a very walkable city center. Attractions, campus, restaurants, cafes, and markets are within a 10-25 minute walk. Make sure to take a map, though, as the streets wind and change names often! There is a bus system that runs through the city center and surrounding area. The train station is within walking distance from campus and housing, making surrounding towns in Tuscany and popular cities Italy within reach.

Phones & internet

KEI will provide you with a prepaid mobile phone shortly after your arrival. The phone will have a small amount of credit to get you started. The Onsite Director will show you how to place calls and top-off your phone. Internet is available on campus. Some apartments also have Internet. There are plenty of internet cafes in the city.


Caterina Bemer
Florence, Italy


As a native of Florence, I look forward to sharing my favorite sites with students. I curate the Florence activity program to ensure you experience all aspects of Florentine culture. My academic studies focused on European literature and culture, and included a year of study in England. I know what it is like to live and study in a different country, and look forward to helping you transition to life in Florence.