While studying in Florence, it is so important to travel every where you possibly can! There are cheap airlines such as Air Dolomiti, RyanAir, and Air France. Honestly, what I have found to be the best ways to travel is by train. The trains in Europe are much different than the ones in the United States. They are super comfortable and clean. Looking at Italo, Trainline, Eurail, and ItaliaRail are great trains to travel on. If you’re looking to travel by bus, I would highly recommend Flixbus. It’s incredibly cheap and the buses are fantastic. They are very clean, comfortable, and have outlets at every seat.
From what I have found, it is very cheap to stay in an Air BnB with a bunch of friends. Not only is it cheap, but it’s so much fun! However, do your research beforehand and make sure you’re getting the best deal for your buck. Read the reviews on the host/place and ensure you are staying somewhere central. If not central, at least by a metro or bus station where you only have to take one quick train or bus to the center. Another great way to find a cheap place to stay is hostelworld.com. HostelWorld is a website, directed at people our age, to find a great, safe, and clean place while traveling. Hostels are budget-friendly and staying in a hostel is awesome because you meet so many different people from all around the world! Find a hostel with breakfast that is included, because eating every meal out can get extremely expensive!
You can go with student tour groups, which I recommend just because it’s one price and practically everything is in included. you also get to meet students who are studying in the same city as you, which is always nice. The tour guides help out a lot, too! Even when you’re not on the tours, you can always send them a text and they’ll help you out with getting around Florence and whatnot. The only bad thing I can say about traveling with tour groups is that you have to wait constantly on the whole group. People are never there on time and the tour can’t just leave them, obviously. It’s just frustrating sometimes. However, I really enjoy the fact that everything is planned out for you!
Hailey is an SAI Florence Fall 2017 student from College of Charleston.