Late Spring


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


“Bring a towel from home and sunscreen, both are cheaper in the U.S. Bring a water bottle that you can refill to stay hydrated.” T.H. (Late Spring 2016)

“Stay on top of school work and do something fun every weekend.” J.B. (Late Spring 2016)

“The less you bring, the better (you can buy things here). You can find everything at the 99 cent store!” M.B. (Late Spring 2016)

“The first week or so make sure you carry a map because you will get lost. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions—many people are very nice.” B.B. (Late Spring 2016)

“Walk down Via dei Ginori—great food and gelato. Climb to San Miniato and listen to the Gregorian chants. Walk around Santa Croce—very local and great shopping. Cross the Ponte Vecchio—even better shopping and less tourists.” L.N. (Late Spring 2016)

“Learn Italian!” E.C. (Late Spring 2016)

“Don’t stay too close to the center of Firenze—the best stores are on the outskirts. Go over the bridge to find good, inexpensive food.” M.D. (Late Spring 2016)

“Try to take advantage of traveling when here, but don’t forget to stay and enjoy Florence. Look at the flyers SACI gives you for entertainment and participate in watching seasonal sports games.” C.M. (Late Spring 2016)

“Bring comfy shoes and light, easy-to-pack clothes. Beware of mosquitos! You will twist your ankle on the cobblestones. Beware of Italian drivers. Go on the field trips.” C.S. (Late Spring 2016)

“Cascine market (Tuesday mornings).” C.C. (Late Spring 2016)

“Learn to cook—it’s so much cheaper! Small gelato places are almost always cheaper and better tasting.” K.J. (Late Spring 2016)

“The two religious stores next to the Duomo.” L.R. (Late Spring 2016)

“Bring clothes you can throw away.” H.M. (Late Spring 2016)

“Bring an umbrella. Florence isn’t always as sunny as you may think.” K.K. (Late Spring 2016)

“Don’t be scared to try different things. Get a lot of gelato. Try Gusta Pizza—cheap, fresh, and amazing! Have fun and be safe. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.” H.B. (Late Spring 2016)

“Bring a rain jacket!” E.S. (Late Spring 2016)

“Shop around before buying anything and look around to find the best grocery store.” n.n. (Late Spring 2016)

“Keep track of your spending because it is very easy to spend a lot!” L.S. (Late Spring 2016)

“La Ménagère—great atmosphere, staff, and jazz club downstairs.” M.H. (Late Spring 2016)

“Don’t bring an American Express card—not a whole lot of places take them.” L.W. (Late Spring 2016)

​​“Try new places to eat and you will find some hidden restaurants that areawesome! Do not overpack. You will not wear heels and other random things. Bring a rain jacket and light sweater.” D.A. (Late Spring 2015)

“Bring clothing for both warm and cool weather, umbrella, and bug spray” K.A. (Late Spring 2015)

“Bring cash and a debit card—not much else. Go to museums.” S.C. (Late Spring 2015)

“Bring long pants and/or skirts for churches.” A.F (Late Spring 2015)

“Have money exchanged into small bills.” A.G. (Late Spring 2015)

“Get a fan if you are on the 4th floor. It is hot at night sometimes.” D.H. (Late Spring 2015)

“Panbriaco is a really good lunch place near SACI.” R.K. (Late Spring 2015)

“99 cent store is a great place to get stuff.” E.K. (Late Spring 2015)

“Be open about food and learn what is typical at specific times of the day.” R.K. (Late Spring 2015)

“If you want to travel on the weekends, it’s cost effective and easier to plan before your arrive.” H.K. (Late Spring 2015)

“Hemingway is a fantastic coffee shop/bar.” G.L. (Late Spring 2015)

“Don’t wait until the last minute to go to museums—go to the Uffizi five times or more.” K.L. (Late Spring 2015)

“Salvini is a great store for art supplies.” n.n. (Late Spring 2015)

“Be respectful, and even if you don’t know Italian, trying with a few words helps.” n.n. (Late Spring 2015)

“There are many awesome restaurants around the city that you will come across by just walking around. Eating vegan or vegetarian isn’t as hard as it would seem.” T.S. (Late Spring 2015)

“The Orientation packet is very complete.” M.S. (Late Spring 2015)

“Have a backup plan is something happens to your credit card.” E.S. (Late Spring 2015)

“Have a checklist of things that you want to do or need to do in Florence.” n.n. (Late Spring 2015)

“Don’t use currency exchange. Go to ATMs.” X.W. (Late Spring 2015)

Read information about life in Florence. It is important to know the lifestyle and how to survive on a budget. Buy food from the Central Market and cook at home to save money!" E.M. (Late Spring 2014)

"Spending a weekend at the Cinque Terre was wonderful, especially as the weather warmed up." A.L. (Late Spring 2014)

"Try to speak as much Italian as possible, even if all you know is "Ciao", people will mostly be really kind!" C.K. (Late Spring 2014)

"Don't spend every weekend drinking at discos, experience the culture! Buy your supplies here." C.C. (Late Spring 2014)

"Be a part of the SACI Facebook Group: lots of good event ideas!" (Late Spring 2014)

"It's pronounced "Gratzee-eh", not "Gratzeee"!!!" D.C. (Late Spring 2014)

"Bring more money than you assume you will need, if you plan on traveling a lot. Also, you don't really need to buy a phone if you WiFi on a smartphone." n.n. (Late Spring 2014)

"Exchange contact information with fellow Group Flight travellers and download Viber before leaving the States. Communication will be a lot easier!" K.F. (Late Spring 2014)


"Chill out - the Italians have a slower (and probably healthier) pace of life; go to Sicily, Bologna, Naples or Salerno at least once: you can interact with the locals and breathe in a more genuine Italian experience than in the more tourist-packed destinations (Venice and Rome)" T.C. (Late Spring 2013)

“Pack bug spray and your favourite snacks! Definitely go to Piazzale Michelangelo." n.n. (Late Spring 2013)

“Go to Salvini (Via degli Alfani, 111) for supplies: they have a 10% discount for students and are open during lunch time." M.H. (Late Spring 2013)

“Expect to spend more than you think, and pack an outfit for several types of seasonal weather." R.R. (Late Spring 2013)

“Don't be afraid of getting lost and trying new things: Florence is a friendly city." n.n. (Late Spring 2013)

“Be polite and respectful: respect the local culture." J.K. (Late Spring 2013)

“Try to shop at places off the main tourist routes. When the summer season hits, the prices go up." J.L. (Late Spring 2013)

“Women - dress lady-like; do not bring short cut-off shorts, and always carry a cardigan or a scarf for entering churches." n.n. (Late Spring 2013)

“Visit the SACI library: it is great!" n.n. (Late Spring 2013)

“Always have a map of where you are and where you're going. Try to get behind the scenes and away from the tourist routes by talking to locals." C.E. (Late Spring 2013)

“Be careful when making impulsive purchases. The small amounts of euros add up quickly!" n.n. (Late Spring 2013)

Late Spring Term | SACI College of Art & Design Florence