Communication + Mail


Given the vast amount of possibilities offered by modern technology and postal services, keeping in contact with your son/daughter during their stay in Florence will be easier than ever. Please read the following information to better understand the communication options we suggest for SACI students.

Mobile phones

SACI encourages students to buy or rent cell phones as an easy and affordable way to keep in touch with friends and family both here in Florence and back at home. Students can often sell back or turn in their phones at the end of their stay, or sell them to another student.

When buying or renting a phone, many students choose one with a pre-paid card (scheda telefonica ricaricabile). Every time they make a call, money will be deducted from the card until it is used up. The cost of calls from the United States will be divided 50/50 between the caller and the students' pre-paid card.

How to call Italian phones

To call a land line (such as SACI) directly from the USA:

To call a cell phone directly from the USA:
011-39-3xx xxxx… (City area codes are not needed when calling cell phones.)

Internet access

There are computers available for e-mail, internet research and online chatting services (such as Skype) in the SACI student lounge. It is highly recommended that students bring their own laptops - preferably with wireless capability. Wireless access is available in the main building and at the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts for computers with operating systems capatible with WIFI 802.11b/g/n. Ethernet cable connections to the SACI network are available in the library at Palazzo dei Cartelloni. Wifi is also provided in all SACI apartments.

Letters and packages

Letters to SACI students will be placed in the specific student mailboxes within the SACI Palazzo dei Cartelloni building. Students may also receive packages, but please read the information below regarding Italian customs. 

Please be advised that almost all packages mailed from the US will be subject to Italian customs inspection and duties. In order to avoid paying a tax on the value declared, please ask friends and relatives sending you packages from home to claim "personal items" of a value less than 20 euros.

In addition, please note that the following items will automatically a) get stuck at customs, b) be subject to inspection, c) require special paperwork and payment of a tax in order to get released:

  1. prescription drugs
  2. over-the-counter drugs
  3. vitamins, chewing gum, and energy drinks/bars
  4. any cosmetic item (that includes shampoos, lotions, make-up and toothpaste!)


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