By Rodrigo Ferrari Franzoni, Resident Director
Nature has never gathered so much beauty!
Florianopolis, or Floripa as it’s affectionately referred to by us locals, is known to Brazilians as a hidden treasure. Although it’s only a short flight from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, the island is a vacation destination known for its relaxing nature, panoramic vistas, and gorgeous beaches. Let me tell you: living on this island is spectacular. It is amazing to wake up every day and see the ocean and the bay area on the way to the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina. I take buses each day and love that it’s 30 minutes of wonderful views. Life feels easier this way.
At the center of the city, we have several historical buildings that were part of the Portuguese colonization. Floripa has always been a strategic stop since the times of the great European voyages to the Americas. Also, because of all the archaeological material in Sambaquis (mounds of shells) found on the island, we know that people have inhabited this island for thousands of years. As Zininho, the poet who created the Anthem of Florianopolis, would say, “Nature never met so much beauty.”
Mountains, beaches, dunes, lakes, fauna, and flora make up diverse scenery in every part of the city. Hiking through the mountains of the island, surfing and going to one of the 42 beaches are activities that are part of our everyday routine.
And I do not even need to talk about soccer, which is the passion of every Brazilian. We have two soccer teams with thousands of loyal fans.
In addition to all the natural attractions, the city also has many options for more urban people, with large supermarkets, malls, restaurants, and shops throughout the island. You can walk and take buses to any part of the island. Public transportation works very well, and it is easy to travel around the city by bus. Florianopolis has a reputation for being one of the friendliest, safest cities in Brazil.
The highlight of the city are the people. Like most Brazilians, we are a very kind and receptive people. We like to welcome foreigners in Floripa, especially when they are interested in Portuguese Language and in learning about our culture and people.
Floripa is such a beautiful place with wonderful natural beauty and lots of historical, cultural, and artistic wealth. The only hard part of coming to Floripa will be having to go back home!
Learn more about ISA’s study abroad program in Florianópolis, Brazil.