A Rough Idea of What My Day Looks Like Studying Abroad in Florence

Nov 3, 2022 12:00:00 PM / by William Lammons

William Lammons tells us what his typical day is like in Florence. He shares the classes that he attends and takes us through his activities abroad. Keep reading for more art-related sentiments about what Florence has to offer!

A student standing on the road with gardens in the background in Florence

A picture from a walk I took with my best friend after class one day when it was sunny.

As someone looking to study abroad in Florence, or already committed to it, it’s helpful to get a rough idea of what your days might look like, as it will differ widely from your experience should you decide to study abroad in a different Italian city or, even more so, another country. Personally, I had no idea what my days would consist of before coming to Italy, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised so far.

My Classes at CAPA Florence

Depending on your program and what courses you are taking, your workload will vary obviously, but overall the structure of your courses should be consistent. Most of the courses are 2-3 hours long… don’t worry, I was scared too; but your classes will likely include one break—if not two—for you to stretch your legs, use the restroom, or even pop out for a quick coffee. It’s one of my favorite things to do during the day as it provides a little pick-me-up and makes the long classes seem a lot shorter.

Also, your classes will often include ventures outside of the classroom to see things firsthand. In my Food, Culture, and Lifestyle Under the Tuscan Sun class, for instance, we often go into markets, bars (coffee shops), and pastry shops so we can try the local food we’ve discussed during our lectures and presentations. It really enhances the learning experience and makes the course all the more engaging. In my Renaissance Art History course, we spend a portion of almost every class in churches around Florence seeing some of the art pieces we’ve just been lectured on. If art is important or interesting to you, Florence is an incredible place to study. I had no previous understanding of the sheer quantity of art this city has to offer. It’s all absolutely breathtaking and adds so much value to the course that you wouldn’t be able to get by just looking at pictures in a book or online.

Fresco art in a Florentine church

A sample of some art in one of the many Florentine churches. The paintings are frescos which means they are painted plaster on top of plaster.

Here’s What a Typical Day Looks Like for Me

My days usually start around 8 in the morning as I have class at either 9 or 10 each morning, Monday through Thursday. My friends all have different schedules though, with some as nice as only having classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I try to eat something in the morning before class, but it doesn’t always happen as I’m someone who tends to take a while to wake up in the morning. I usually do have time to hit a coffee shop before class in the morning though. I’ll get a quick espresso and potentially a pastry as well.

I’m in class starting around 9–10am and ending anywhere from 11am to 3pm. If I have two classes in a single day, I always have 30 minutes in between to get a quick lunch. There is a little shop about a five-minute walk from CAPA called I Ghibellini which has amazing sandwiches for 4.50 euros, as well as some small pizzas and good coffee. I go probably three times a week without any shame because I love the sandwiches so much.

After I’m done with class, I tend to just go with the flow. Most of the time, if I don’t have homework or something else to do, my best friend and I will end up just walking around for a few hours seeing the shops and taking in the city. I also have a gym membership at Palestra Ricciardi since it’s close to my apartment. It was around 200 euros for three months but I’m someone who likes to stay active so I felt it was worth it. I’ll then eat dinner and watch a movie with my roommates or head out to experience the nightlife of Florence. There’s an Italian saying “la dolce vita,” which means “the sweet life”. So far, I’d say the saying fits my experience.

Forte Belvedere

Forte Belvedere, a fortress across the Arno with beautiful views of Florence. My friend and I happened upon it on an after-class walk.
A Kebab shop

CAPA’s favorite kebab place. Open late so it’s a great meal for five euros no matter the time of day.

Thanks, William!

William Lammons

William Lammons is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2022, sharing
his story in frequent posts on CAPA World. An Environmental Engineering major from University of Colorado Boulder, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

William's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

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Topics: International Education, Florence, Italy, Why Study Abroad