Where I am Living this Semester with CAPA Florence

Jan 28, 2020 9:30:00 AM / by Sara Shriber

CAPA blogger Sara Shriber has just arrived in Florence and she is thrilled to be living among Florentines for the semester! Check out her apartment and charming neighborhood!

Ciao from Florence, Italy!

After three flights and lots of waiting, I am finally in Florence! To be honest, I was a little nervous about coming here because I did not know any Italian, anyone in the program, or what to expect in general. However, my nervousness quickly turned into excitement as I landed in Florence. I became excited to explore the city and live like a Florentine. 

As a CAPA student, I had the option to live in a homestay or a student apartment and I decided to live in an apartment. I thought it would be a great way to meet other students in the program while also experiencing the Florentine lifestyle. I was placed in a four-person apartment in the Piazza Pitti-Piazza Santo Spirito neighborhood. This neighborhood is across from the Arno river and is less touristy. This is where many Florentines live. There are many cafes, restaurants, and shops within minutes from my apartment, which is very convenient. I am most excited about the gelato shop right down the street from my apartment.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Street View

I live with three other girls from the CAPA program. Two of my roommates go to the University of Colorado in Boulder and my third roommate goes to Lehigh University. We have a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, sitting area, and an in-unit washing machine. My roommate from Lehigh and I both have our own bedroom and my two roommates from Colorado share a bedroom. Our apartment has all the necessities we need for the semester and we have plenty of space. Our landlord is very helpful and is easily accessible in case we ever need anything or have a question. 

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Living RoomOur living room

My apartment is a 15-20 minute walk to CAPA. My apartment is a little farther away from the CAPA center compared to other students, but I enjoy the quietness and beautiful views on my way to class. My favorite part about where I live is that I get to cross the Arno river when I walk to class. The sun hits perfectly on the yellow bridges making it a perfect spot to take scenic pictures. My apartment is about a ten minute walk from the Duomo and the city center making it a great location. I am able to live in a quieter neighborhood while also being able to get to the city center very quickly. My neighborhood also has two supermarkets, a post office, and a gym.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Bridge on Arno River

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Bridge on Arno River (1)The Arno River

The streets within my neighborhood are lined with string lights that twinkle, which make it feel like you are in a Christmas movie. It is a beautiful place to live.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Spring2020_Florence_Sara Shriber_Street Lights

Overall, I really enjoy where I live and exploring my new neighborhood. I feel so fortunate to be able to live in such a beautiful city. I look forward to the next few months and to share my experiences along the way!


Thanks, Sara!

Sarah Graham


Sara Shriber is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2020, sharing her story in frequent posts on CAPA World. A Marketing major with an International Business certificate at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

Sarah's journey continues all semester so stay tuned.

Learn More about the CAPA Florence Program

Topics: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations