The Best Things About Studying in Florence

As my time in Italy comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about my favorite parts of studying abroad here. Florence quickly became one of my favorite places in the world and somewhere I was lucky to call home for the last few months. It’s somewhere I cannot wait to come back to. Here are a few of the things I have loved the most!

The Art

Florence has so many museums, the Uffizi being the most well-known. It truly is an art city and has the most incredible collection of artists displayed in the many art galleries.

The Churches

One of my favorite things to do while traveling throughout Italy is to go into as many churches as I can. There are churches in every neighborhood and each one has something special about it. They are often beautiful and ornately decorated.

The Food

I made an entire post previously dedicated to food and restaurants around Florence. I have to mention the food again, though, because it truly is as amazing as everyone said it would be!

The Friends I’ve Made

I didn’t know anyone coming to Italy and was so nervous. It’s scary at first being in a different country with complete strangers! But I made the most incredible, lifelong friends. The friendships I made here are so special because we got to travel and make such amazing memories together.

My Apartment

Adjusting to a different lifestyle is definitely not easy. For example, hang drying clothes because we don’t have a dryer or having to use a lighter to ignite the stove. There are small things about daily life that were unexpected but now come so naturally. I ended up falling in love with my little Italian apartment!


While Covid made traveling a bit more complex at the beginning of the semester, countries were open enough that we were able to do a lot of traveling. I got to go on some amazing trips, both in Italy and to other countries. Over the last few months, I went to London, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome, Siena, Pisa, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, Cortona, Venice, and Verona. I have two more trips planned before going home, one to Croatia and the other to Greece!

Cinque Terre
San Gimignano

The Views

I may be biased, but I think Florence is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether it’s the city skyline from Piazzale Michelangelo, the rolling hills of Tuscany, the views on the Arno River or the way the sun casts a perfect glow on the buildings, Florence is a beautifully photogenic city.

Sarah Carter is a college student at Seattle Pacific University. She is an ISA Photo Blogger and is studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

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