Student Life Medical Information

Medical Information

If you have a medical condition that we should be aware of (including allergies to medicines), please inform the Dean prior to your departure for Florence. You can always speak to the Dean about any personal problems you may be experiencing. Professional counselors who speak English can also be recommended. The US government has a website with a list of English speaking doctors and medical facilities in Florence:

English-Speaking Doctors

SACI keeps a list of English-speaking doctors in a wide range of specializations, or you can call one of the following directly:

Dr. Stephen Kerr
An English general practitioner who lives and practices in Florence. Piazza Mercato Nuovo 1, Studio Medico, 4th floor (very close to Piazza della Signoria), tel. 055 288055 (office), 335 8361682 (cell). Walk-in hours are weekdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm or call for an appointment. Website:

Dr. Gabriella Friedl
A general practitioner and pulmonary specialist. Via Fra' Bartolomeo 5 (1st floor). Walk-in hours: Monday through Friday without an appointment from 3:00pm-4:00pm. 349 7319461 (cell).

Dr. Francesco Porro
A general practitioner. Istituto Fanfani, Piazza dell’Indipendenza, 16. Available for house calls. 338-8203612 (cell). Email

Medical Service
Via Lorenzo il Magnifico 59, tel. 055 475411. A doctor is on call 24 hours a day. They provide medical service in a variety of languages for a range of problems. They will also make house calls. Walk in hours: weekdays, 11:00am-12:00pm & 5:00pm-6:00pm, Saturday, 11:00am-12:00pm. A medical Service doctor is also available in Florence's historic center at Via Porta Rossa 1. Monday-Saturday, 1-3pm. Email

Guardia Medica Turistica
This inexpensive Catholic medical clinic is located just around the corner from the Duomo. Vicolo degli Adimari 1, tel. 848 812221. Open Monday-Friday, 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Dr. Margaret Mary Runge
Via della Palancola 20 (Studio Medico), tel. 349 7169302. Email

Dr. Barbara Brodbeck
Via della Fortezza 6, for appointments call tel. 335 8353612, office: tel. 055 470521 or 055 485524, credit cards are not accepted.

Dr. Mariarosaria di Tommaso
Via Ponteo Neri 4, tel. 055 476749

Dr. Mary Ann Bellini
Lungarno Cellini 25, tel. 055 680721 (office), 055 701548 (home). Email

Dr. Linda Fortini
Via Giambologna 5/A, tel. 055 577127

Dr. Marja Leena Peltonen-Portman
V. Antonio Cherubini, 20, tel 055 218594

Drs. Giovanni and Riccardo Bindi
Via Carducci 16, tel. 055 2638544

Dr. Jacopo Colasanti
Via Melchiorre Gioia 10, tel. 055 490445

Dr. Daniela Signorelli
Piazza Indipendenza 21, tel. 055 496506. Received orthodontic training in the U.S.

Dr. Vieri Weichmann
Pulmonary Specialist
Viale Milton 27, tel. 055 499125


In an emergency, head for the Pronto Soccorso (Emergency Room) station located in the front of all major hospitals (see list below). There is also a station to the right of the Duomo façade. Italian doctors are well qualified and will be able to provide aid, even if a translator is not available.

In emergency cases, you will always be treated in public Italian hospitals, regardless of health coverage. Do not hesitate to go to a hospital if needed! If necessary, one of the administrative staff will accompany you to the hospital to help you with the entire procedure and to translate. Keep the emergency SACI numbers handy for assistance during non-office hours.

Santa Maria Nuova (just down the road from the SACI Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts)
Piazza Santa Maria Nuova 1, tel. 055-69381. The Pronto Soccorso is free for emergencies and they speak English.

Careggi Hospital
Viale Morgagni 85, tel. 055 794111. The Pronto Soccorso is free for emergencies and they speak English.

Istituto Ortopedico Toscano
Viale Michelangelo 41, tel. 055 6937249

Support Groups

Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon
St. James American Church, Via Rucellai 9. A.A. meetings last an hour and are held on Tuesday & Thursday 1:30pm, Wednesday & Friday 7:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm. Al-Anon meets on Thursdays 7:30 pm. For more information see: or call the church at 055-294417.

Artemisia (Women’s Center Against Domestic Violence)
Via Mezzetta 1 int, tel. 055 602311. All services free of charge.

Drug Stores

In Italy a drug store is called farmacia. Look for the neon green cross which indicates a pharmacy. Pharmacists in Italy go through intensive training and are usually qualified to give medical advice on minor ailments. Try to fill prescriptions BEFORE you come to Italy, as it is sometimes difficult to fill a foreign prescription. Pack medication in your carry-on if you need it often. In order to avoid having trouble getting medicines through customs, it may be helpful to have a copy of the original prescription with you.

In Italy, all over-the-counter medicines have a red label on the packet, with the words "Farmaco senza obbligo di ricetta" (over-the-counter medicine): this means that you can purchase them without a doctor's prescription and without being examined by a doctor.

On each pharmacy door, there is a list of the closest “farmacie di turno” (pharmacies open at night or Sundays/holidays).

Farmacia Roma (near SACI's main building, Palazzo dei Cartelloni)
Via de' Conti 20/r, tel. 055 211980

Farmacia dell’Ospedale di Santa Nuova (near Palazzo Maidoff)
Piazza Santa Maria Nuova 1, tel. 055 69381

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