Students walking at night with headlamps looking in grass

Studying abroad isn’t just about academics. It is equally as important to make time to engage with your host communities.

The Middlebury School in Italy encourages students to go beyond the traditional study abroad path and explore the many ways they can enrich their experience.  Click on one of the following links to find information specific to each host city: Ferrara, Florence, Rome

Excursions and Local Travel

The School in Italy organizes one to two excursions per semester, offered at a subsidized rate. Additionally, optional day trips and cultural activities are planned throughout the semester. Each site offers plenty to see and do in the way of museums, churches, and other historical and cultural attractions. Students are also encouraged to explore the regional and culture diversity of Italy on their own or with friends, as their academic schedule permits. Find more information about local travel.

Language Tandems

A language tandem is an excellent way to better your speaking abilities. The program will put students in touch with an Italian language partner for an Italian-English conversation exchange and organize a first meeting. Future meetings are arranged and organized independently by the students. Having a language partner is a good way of meeting Italians and getting to know the Italian culture.

Ferrara

Ferrara, a city of 130,000 located on the Po river in the Emilia Romagna region is only 30 minutes by train from Bologna and one hour from Venice. Few tourists have discovered Ferrara’s charms, which include magnificent art and architecture from the medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras, and the finest classic Italian cuisine. This former inde­pendent city-state emerged in the second half of the twen­tieth century as a vibrant agricultural and industrial trading center. Ferrara’s historic center, a favorite walking venue, is filled with monuments, palazzos, cafes, and a renowned cathedral. Bicycles are a primary means of transportation, giving the center the feel of a small and friendly community. Ferrara's museums, exhi­bitions, festivals, and theater reflect its rich artistic, musical, and cultural heritage, which continues to grow and make it an ideal location for immersion into Italian life and culture.

Local Events

www.ferraraterraeacqua.it/it/eventi
www.bobobo.it/ferrara/eventi
ferrara.virgilio.it/eventi
www.provincia.fe.it

Arts and Culture

Domenica al Museo (Sunday at the Museum)
Comune di Ferrara - Arte e Cultura
Exibart - Eventi d’Arte in Italia

Cooking

Lista su InformaGiovani
FEshion Coupon
ISCOM Ferrara

Outdoor and Physical Activities

Rugby (Women's) with Le Velenose
Trekking Italia
InformaGiovani Ferrara Sport e Tempo Libero
Comune di Ferrara Eventi, Convegni e Manifestazioni Sportive
Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti
Ferrara in Bici
Yoga a Ferrara

Social Media

Italia Middlebury: The official Facebook page of the Middlebury School in Italy.

ESN Ferrara: Erasmus is an EU-wide student exchange program and the website and Facebook page feature a number of events and activities happening in Ferrara and the surrounding area that students can take advantage of (you don't have to be a part of the Erasmus Programme to participate).

Meetup: This is a website where you can find groups of people with interested in just about anything, including music, art, dancing, crafting, language exchanges and more!

Social Street: Some neighborhoods and streets have created Facebook groups. Their goal is to promote good neighborly practices, socialize with neighbors, share needs, carry out collective projects, and foster stronger neighborhoods.

Florence

Florence is the embodiment of the Renaissance, which began in Tuscany during the fourteenth century and continued to influence the region and ultimately the world for four hundred years. Now a bustling city filled with piazze, cafes, and museums, the culture of Florence is ideally suited for studying abroad. And while Florence welcomes large numbers of international students each year, students at the School in Italy are noteworthy for their linguistic proficiency and their commitment to cultural immersion.

Middlebury’s Sede is situated in the academic heart of the old city, an area bustling with coffee shops, bookstores, cultural clubs, and academic buildings. The Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Florence’s other main monuments are all within easy walking distance.

Local Events

www.firenzetoday.it/eventi
www.firenzenotte.it
www.gogofirenze.it
zero.eu/firenze
www.firenze.net
Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo

Arts and Culture

Domenica al Museo (Sunday at the Museum)
Musei Civici Fiorentini
Exibart Eventi d’Arte in Italia
Accademia d’Arte Firenze
Accademia di Belle Arti
Metallo Nobile
Abbey Road Music Firenze
Il Trillo Scuola di Musica e Arte
Spazio C.U.R.E. Lab Band Rock Academy
Scuola Toscana
Chefactory
Centro Machiavelli

Outdoor and Physical Activities

Trekking Italia
Andare a Zonzo
Canottieri Comunali Firenze
Firenze Ciclabile
Gruppo Ambiente Trekking le Torri
Unione Italiana Sport Per Tutti
Elenco Impianti Sportivi a Firenze

Gyms

Palestra Ginnastica Fiorentina Libertas
Tropos
Palestra Ricciardi

Social Media

Italia Middlebury: The official Facebook page of the Middlebury School in Italy.

Erasmus Firenze: Erasmus is an EU-wide student exchange program and its Facebook page features a number of events and activities happening in Florence and the surrounding area that students can take advantage of (you don't have to be a part of the Erasmus Programme to participate).

Meetup: This is a website where you can find groups of people with interested in just about anything, including music, art, dancing, crafting, language exchanges and more!

Social Street: Some neighborhoods and streets have created Facebook groups. Their goal is to promote good neighborly practices, socialize with neighbors, share needs, carry out collective projects, and foster stronger neighborhoods.

Cercasi Musicisti di Firenze: Gruppo di Facebook dedicato a tutti i musicisti di Firenze in cerca di gruppo o di persone per un gruppo già avviato.

Annunci Musica Firenze: Gruppo di Facebook nato per favorire scambi di strumenti musicali e annunci di musicisti nella provincia di Firenze. Chiunque può pubblicare gli annunci di ricerca/vendita di strumenti musicali usati e/o cercare componenti per gruppi musicali.

Rome

Since its founding in 753 B.C., Rome has been a center of culture, politics, religion, trade, and history. With a population of 2.7 million, Rome is a city that has learned to live in modernity while preserving its ancient history and architecture. Now a major European and international capital with several institutions of higher learning, students have the opportunity to study along with their Italian peers in a city with endless opportunities for learning and living.

Arts and Culture

Domenica al Museo (Sunday at the Museum)
Musei Civici di Roma
Exibart Eventi d’Arte in Italia
Art School: Lorenzo de’ Medici

Cooking Schools

Tu Chef
Scuola di Cucina Roma

Music and Dance Schools

Accademia Musicale Praeneste
Art Center Ground Zero
Felt Music Club and School
San Lo’

Outdoor and Physical Activities

Trekking Italia
Unione Italiana Sport per Tutti
Sport e Tempo Libero

Social Media

Italia Middlebury: The official Facebook page of the Middlebury School in Italy.

Erasmus Roma: Erasmus is an EU-wide student exchange program and its Facebook page features a number of events and activities happening in Florence and the surrounding area that students can take advantage of (you don't have to be a part of the Erasmus Programme to participate).

Meetup: This is a website where you can find groups of people with interested in just about anything, including music, art, dancing, crafting, language exchanges and more!

Social Street: Some neighborhoods and streets have created Facebook groups. Their goal is to promote good neighborly practices, socialize with neighbors, share needs, carry out collective projects, and foster stronger neighborhoods.