Staying Healthy while Studying Abroad

Staying healthy while studying abroad isn’t easy. You’ve probably settled into a routine in Florence now that includes late nights (or early mornings), lots of wine consumption, and an obscene amount of caffeine. Add that to traveling around Europe on the weekends, and you’ve got the perfect combination of exhaustion and germs that lead to […]

How to Survive Oktoberfest

The hilarious folks at Buzzfeed have come up with the perfect survival manual for Oktoberfest. It’s all accurate, people. Enjoy! Buzzfeed: How to Survive A Day at Oktoberfest  

Recipe of the Week #3: Pappa al Pomodoro

If you’ve ever come home after a weekend away to a house filled with stale leftover food, then this is the perfect recipe for you. Pappa al Pomodoro is a traditional Tuscan bread and tomato soup, using hardened stale bread to create a simple yet hearty dish that you can make over and over again. […]

8 Reasons to Visit Istanbul

Exotic, mysterious, exciting, fascinating–these are the words that Istanbul builds its reputation on. Straddling 2 continents and host to multiple empires throughout its existence, Istanbul strikes a perfect balance between modern sophistication and old-school tradition. Here is a list of the things you shouldn’t miss while visiting this extraordinary city: 1. The Blue Mosque The […]

FlorenceForFun Photo of the Week: Capri

Tour guide Josh relaxing mid-air in Capri! To submit your favorite travel photo for the FlorenceForFun photo of the week, send it to with a description of where you were and what you were doing. Each week we will choose a photo to post on the FlorenceForFun blog.

Fiorentina Soccer Season 2012-2013: Forza viola!

Fiorentina’s 2012-2013 soccer season got off to a great start this year, with Florence’s team (called Viola by the Florentines) beating Udinese 2-1 on Saturday evening. Italians and Europe in general are fanatical about their football teams, and going to a Fiorentina game is an unforgettable experience.  Check out TheOffSide for a full recap of […]

The Contradas of August 16th's Palio di Siena

[youtube] The final race for the Palio di Siena will be run this Thursday, August 16th. This white-knuckle horse race happens twice a year, where competing contradas, or sections of the city, will race for the honor of winning the banner of Siena, and bragging rights for the year. Let’s meet this year’s competitors: […]

Exploring the Cinque Terre: From Pirates to Pesto

If you are searching for the ideal picturesque Italian scenery, look no further than a trip to Cinque Terre.  Cinque Terre translates to “five towns” and provides a postcard-worthy backdrop as you hike through the hills of the province of Liguria.  In total there are 14 different paths through the mountainous coastline that fluctuate in […]

Budgeting Tips for Study Abroad students from FlorenceForFun

What I think my study abroad budget will be like…   Creating a budget for your semester abroad is about as much fun as watching paint dry–yet it’s one of those necessary evils you must endure if you have any hope of surviving your semester abroad. Studying abroad is without a doubt one of the […]

How to Spend A Summer in Florence

As a 5-time seasoned veteran of the “Florentine summer”, there are a few trusty tips that I give to all of my friends spending a summer in Florence.  Most locals and expats have learned by now to get the hell out of dodge when it comes to the summer months in Florence–the combination of Hades-like […]