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The Art of Study Abroad in FlorenceMichelangelo, Donatello ... no we're not talking about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-we're talking about Florence, the capital city of the Tuscan region of Italy, where the two famous artists of the same names lived and changed the face of the art world forever (not that those heroes in half shells weren't totally bodacious).
An Original College TownFlorence has been drawing students to its universities for centuries, thanks to the numerous well-known natives who paved the way for future artists, architects, scientists, thinkers and writers. Long ago, students flocked to the city to learn alongside and about people like the 'non-Ninja Turtles' above, as well as scientist Galileo, architect Filippo Brunelleschi and many more.
Today's students find these Florentine innovators and the city just as fascinating and relevant:
It's no secret that Florence is best known for its dominance in the arts. Florence study abroad programs in the arts abound and students are keeping the artistic legacy alive with their own contemporary works. Sure, it's Paris that's got the Louvre, but art students shouldn't overlook all Florence has to offer:
The National Museum 'Il Bargello,' which was established in 1255, offers art students the chance to see the works of Michelangelo and Donatello, as well as Brunelleschi. Architecture students who study abroad in Florence will be especially interested in Brunelleschi, as his architecture is seen by many as just as much works of art as Michelangelo's David or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. In particular, students of architecture will not want to miss:
More Than Just StudyingWhen you enroll in a Florence study abroad program you'll receive an excellent education, but you'll also gain a unique perspective on a culture much different from your own. Florence is considered by many to be a world cultural center, so it's hard not to trip over culture nearly everywhere you go in the small city.
And because it's a small city, bring your walking shoes when you study abroad in Florence-there's really no need for automatic transportation unless:
After eating Stracotto (braised beef), Pollo alla fiorentina (Florentine chicken) and cenci (sweet fritters), you'll be ready to hit the night scene. Florence at night will keep you busy:
Whether you study the art of Botticelli, the literature of Dante, the Italian language or really any other field, a study abroad program in Florence will be an unforgettable experience. Of all the Italian cities, Florence is the home of the most cultural diversity.
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