Spring Term


At the end of each term, departing students leave written tips for future SACI students. This page contains advice from departing Spring Term students.

"Take the buses to Fiesole and nearby towns - it's very easy to get to the beautiful Florentine countryside." n.n. (Spring 2014)

"The Florence Botanical Gardens are a great way to spend a sunny afternoon" n.n. (Spring 2014)

"Explore as much as you can! Try to get lost because you will never know what amazing things you'll find!" n.n. (Spring 2014)


"Go on trips with Helen! It's the best way to see Italy, and it's included in your tuition!" n.n. (Spring 2014)

"Don't immediately start shopping when you get here, it's more fun to stumble across hidden antique places and second hand clothes stores. Also, invest in traveling, it'll be worth it!" H.R. (Spring 2014)

"Pack very lightly, especially if you plan to bring home the things you buy here." M.M. (Spring 2014)

"Bring clothes for both winter and spring weather. Explore the things closest to where you live, they are the easiest to miss!" K.A. (Spring 2014)

"Take a conservation class: they are the classes of a lifetime!" M.D.M. (Spring 2014)

"Don't be afraid to ask teachers for their favorite places (restaurants, gelato stores, trips to other European countries, etc.)" T.G. (Spring 2014)

"Think about leaving space in your suitcase for new items. Although panini for 3 euro are tempting, save the money for fun nights at a nice restaurant: that's what you will remember, not the daily sandwich shop." J.G. (Spring 2014)

"Go to the Bargello and the Boboli Gardens!" O.W. (Spring 2014)

"Don't bring guidebooks, there are tons in the apartments! Try Wild Boar, it's delicious." L.H. (Spring 2013)

"Check out the many vegetarian and vegan restaurants, they are amazing and worth the walk." C.S. (Spring 2013)

"Bati near Palazzo Maidoff has cheap art supplies and hardware supplies" n.n. (Spring 2013)

"Go on as many Field Trips as you can: it is much better than going on your own because you know what you will be looking at" n.n. (Spring 2013)

"Avoid trashy discos like Twice and Red Garter. Learn enough Italian to not speak English at food stores. Try to blend in." B.D. (Spring 2013)

"Shopping for groceries at markets is much cheaper! Think about the size of your art if you plan to carry it back in your luggage. Number one rule: be friendly and try to use as much Italian as you can and the locals will treat you like a Florentine instead of a tourist." K.G. (Spring 2013)

"Visit Palazzo Pitti and the Stibbert Museum!" D.H. (Spring 2013)

"Don't stay at home! Take advantage of every free minute: even if you just walk around the streets, Florence is always charming and entertaining. Take trains on weekends to visit places like Rome, Milan, Pisa and Venice. Pack warm clothes for January and February" A.B. (Spring 2013)

"Definitely venture across the river as much as you can: it's very beautiful and there are lots of great restaurants" S.J. (Spring 2013)

"Keep a journal: you will see, do and experience so much. Give yourself a way to remember it all." A.O. (Spring 2013)

"Girls - don't bring heels! The cobblestone pavements will tear them up and you could sprain an ankle!" n.n. (Spring 2013)

"I highly recommend going to the Restaurant Acqua al Due to try their Blueberry Steak. When the weather is nice, go rent a bike and explore Florence for a few hours: it gets you places faster and you end up in places you wouldn't plan to go if you were just walking" n.n. (Spring 2013)

"Visit museums in January and February: after Easter it can get very crowded!" n.n. (Spring 2013)

"Invest in a good umbrella. Go to a soccer game if possible. Do a volunteer project - it's worth it!" n.n. (Spring 2013)

“If you’re interested in food, buy a membership to Teatro del Sale for €5. Meals have fixed prices (€7 for breakfast, €20 for lunch, €30 for dinner). It’s a bit pricey, but delicious and all you can eat. Cibreo and Rivoire are great for hot chocolate (with whipped cream). Gelateria dei Neri, Vivoli and Grom are my favorite for gelato (ice cream).” A.W. (Spring 2012)

“I would recommend Mario’s. It only serves lunch, but it is very local and has fantastic Florentine food that is cheap. You have to go early to get a seat, but it’s well worth it. n.n. (Spring 2012)

“Get out of the city center and take advantage of every opportunity to travel. Don’t overpack, just don’t do it!” E.B. (Spring 2012)

“Pack light. Bring your own computer. Bring an extra hard drive and/or flash drives. Don’t expect to find cheap electronics here.” S.F. (Spring 2012)

“Go to Gusto Pizza” n.n. (Spring 2012)

“Bring warm clothes. The first two months are pretty cold.” K.R. (Spring 2012)

“Go to Mama’s Bakery for an American breakfast. Plan trips in the beginning that come later in the semester. Spend time in Florence, too!” n.n. (Spring 2012)

“Trattoria da I’ Boia has the best pizza I have ever had.” n.n. (Spring 2012)

“Osteria Santo Spirito – the best gnocchi! Jewelry supplies are expensive. Get a list of the supplies and buy them in the States.” Z.T. (Spring 2012)

“Get out on the weekends and see Italy. Time will fly and before you know it, you will be packing up to go home.” n.n. (Spring 2012)

“Don’t sleep the second you get here – walk around and meet people once you arrive – it’s worth it.” E.A. (Spring 2012)

“Bring the art supplies that are easy enough to pack. Supplies really add up when paying with the euro.” A.D. (Spring 2012)

"Take advantage of the Central Market. Vendors offer better deals and fresher produce than supermarkets. The experience/atmosphere is interesting and enjoyable. I know students this term who never even went once!” M.G. (Spring 2012).

“Go to the Oblate Library to do homework, meet actual Italian students and hear live music on weeknights. Great café there, too. Amazing views.” n.n. (Spring 2012)
Traveling by bicycle is a great way to discover Florence“Get a bike! Best investment I made. Stamp your ticket before you get on the train!” K.Z. (Spring 2012)
“Work to learn the language. It’s rewarding.” C.E. (Spring 2012)
“Try to go to a museum at least once a week.” n.n. (Spring 2012)
“Go to the Sant’Ambrogio market. It’s a little out of the way, but less touristy and really great.” A.J. (Spring 2012)