Parents, friends and relatives are always welcome at the Institute. And of course we understand the desire for students to devote time to friends and relatives who make the long journey and visit them during the semester. However, students are also required to respect our academic policies and faithfully attend and participate in all classes, course field trips and excursions, exams, and other co-curricular class activities and events. Therefore each semester the academic calendar provides for a week-long break, just after mid-term exams, during which time no classes are held. At this time students can travel independently, and devote time to friends and relatives who visit and not worry about missing any portion of the academic program.
We kindly ask all students, relatives and friends to visit during the fall or spring break so not to interfere with the student’s responsibility to participate fully in Institute courses. Students will not be excused from class or class-related activities to spend time with visiting friends and/or relatives.
In order to help coordinate travel, below you'll find the dates when classes will not be in
Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 28
Friday, March 1 through Sunday, March 10
WHERE TO STAY IN FLORENCE
When you have friends or relatives come to visit you have them stay in a hotel or B&B located in the center of the town.
Listed below are a few that we recommend.
Gallery Hotel Art ****
Vicolo dell’Oro, 5, Tel. 055.272.63
B&B Inpiazzadellasignoria ****
Via dei Magazzini, 2 (Piazza della Signoria) Tel. 055.239.95.46, Cell. 348.321.05.65,
Hotel Executive ****
Via Curtatone, 5
Tel. 055.217.451, Fax. 055.268.346
Hotel Olimpia ***
Piazza della Repubblica, 2, Tel. 055.219.781, Fax. 055.267.0383
Palazzo Benci ***
Piazza Madonna degli Aldobrandini, 3, Tel. 055.217.049/055.213.848
Hotel Benivieni ***
Via Delle Oche, 5, Tel - 055 2608742,
Hotel Torre Guelfa***
Borgo SS. Apostoli, 8, Tel. 055.239.63.38, Fax. 055.239.85.77
Hotel Burchianti ***
Via del Giglio, 8,Tel. 055.212.796, Fax. 055.272.97.27
WHERE TO EAT
It’s hard to go wrong at any of the many restaurants and cafés in Florence, but here are some of our favorites.
Acqua al Due
40r Via Della Vigna Vecchia Tel. 055.284170
Piazza degli Scarlatti, 1r Tel. 055 290076
Reservations essential. MC, V. No lunch Mon.-Sat. Approx. 11 to 22 euros.
Via Michelozzi 9/r, near Santo Spirito Tel 055.218624
Casalinga means "housewife," and this place has the nostalgic charm of a 1950s kitchen with Tuscan comfort food to match. Closed Sun., 1 wk at Christmas, and 3 wks in Aug.
Via de' Pepi 3/5r Tel. 055/2638675
Finisterrae, a Mediterranean restaurant in a narrow street just off of the Santa Croce, is a terrific place to spend an evening. World fusion music sets the mood
Via dei Palchetti 6/r Tel. 055-210916
Reservations essential. AE, DC, MC, V. Closed Mon. and 15 days at Christmas.