Florence Study Abroad Tips and Guide
Andrea, Fall 2022, Florence
September 22, 2023

Florence is a beautiful city filled with so much history, good food, and great people. It takes a while to find the hidden gems of this city and establish a routine of everyday cafes and hangout spots. I am a month and a half into my semester abroad and have discovered some great spots for all kinds of different activities. Here are my suggestions:

Food in Florence is very affordable for the most part and there’s a great variety of options based on what you are feeling.

Italian restaurants:

  • Osteria d’elle Tre Panche – Great truffle options, cute rooftop terrace
  • Trattoria Anita – Great authentic food with a variety of options
  • Buca Mario
  • Osteria Pastella – Amazing cheese wheel pasta
  • Mister Pizza – Open very late
  • Pino’s – Best paninis for the price
  • Gelateria Della Passera

Asian Food:

  • Nima
  • Satori


  • Rosalia – Make your own salads

Travel Tips:

  • Use Omio or Trenitalia for train tickets
  • Ryan Air, Easy Jet, and Vueling are all cheap options for flights
  • Fly out of Bologna or Pisa for cheaper flights
  • Book tickets at least a week in advance, everything gets more expensive
  • Hostelworld is a good app for hostels all around Europe
  • In Italy specifically, taxis must be scheduled or called in advance. They do not stop when waving them down for the most part


Grocery stores/ Markets

  • Conad
  • Central Market (has an excellent food court upstairs too)
  • Sant’Ambrogio market
  • Pharmacies – A good place to buy hair and facial products for the cheapest price

Written by: Andrea, Fall 2022 Florence Student from University of South Carolina

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