By: Petia Stoykova, BA 2014-18 & Jean Hinkley, MA 2016-17
With mid-terms approaching, a café or library is the perfect excuse to get out of the apartment and hit the textbooks. The city offers some interesting variations of studying abroad!
Oblate: A (study) Room with a View!
Via dell’ Oriuolo, 26
Hours: Monday 2-10pm; Tuesday – Saturday 9-midnight; Closed Sunday
The Oblate Library is located in the heart of Florence, just a few steps down the street by the Duomo. The library itself is dispersed throughout the building, which spaces used for lectures, children, and public gatherings. Wifi is dispersed throughout the building using the public city wifi, FirenzeWifi. The building offers a courtyard where many locals come to socialize outside when the weather is nice. On the top floor there is a larger outdoor area as well as a café with a breathtaking view of the Duomo.
Via dei Fossi, 15/R
Hours: Monday 12-8pm; Tuesday – Sunday 10-8pm
A short walk from Piazza Santa Maria Novella, this bookstore includes a unique sitting area where food and drinks are served on the steps of the library. This offers a quiet space where many people come and socialize or explore new books. The owners are constantly there with their dog that comes by to greet all newcomers!
La Feltrinelli Red
Piazza della Repubblica, 26/27/28/29, 50123 Firenze
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9-11pm
This bookstore evokes most similarly the ambiance of Barnes & Nobles. The store has a wide selection of books in a variety of languages as well as a large café that has outdoor seating in Piazza della Republica in the warmer months. It is very centrally located providing the city public wifi as well as it’s own Fetrinelli Internet connection.
Piazza delle Murate, 50122 Firenze
Hours: Monday – Sunday 9-1am
“Le Murate” meaning the walls, was previously a prison and was recently restored to a public space where there is housing, art exhibitions, a café, and spaces for many other social gatherings. Closer to Santa Croce, on Via Ghibellina, the café at Le Murate is a little bit off the grid but balances study and leisure well, combining tourists and locals.
Via Camillo Cavour, 45 R, 50129 Firenze
Hours: Monday – Saturday 8-7pm; Sunday 10-7pm
A brainy way to spend the day with other study abroad students! This café is mostly composed of students looking to focus on their semester work while enjoying the unique drinks offered, the cioccolata calda is my favorite.
Via dell’Alloro, 15
Monday – Friday 9-8pm
Convenient study spot near the Marist office. During mid-terms and finals the library has extended hours. Check the online catalogue for books pertaining to your courses & use the several desks in a quiet environment to get work done. Vending machines with coffee and snacks are on premises. As one of the librarians to get you set up with the wifi.
Via dello Sprone, 3/5/R
Monday – Friday 8-midnight; Saturday & Sunday 9-midnight
Via dei Neri, 32/R
Sunday – Thursday 8-10pm; Friday 8-midnight & Saturday 9:30-midnight
Italian cafes/coffee shops are a little different than the states. Here, it’s not typical to hangout on your computer for hours like you can in a Starbucks. But, at Ditta, you can get away with that. Take a walk, clear your mind and head to the Oltrarno (Via dello Sprone location) for a relaxing atmosphere to drink coffee and break out your laptop. As long as it’s not too crowded and you order something, you’re welcome to hangout and get some work done. Free wifi.
Via degli Avelli, 8
Monday – Friday 8-7:30pm; Saturday 8-8pm; Sunday 9-8pm
Piazza del Duomo, 20/R
Monday – Sunday 6-11pm
If you want to feel like you’re in a Starbucks, go here. There are two locations close by – one near Santa Maria Novella and one by the Duomo. It is perfect for Sundays when most libraries are closed. Make sure to snag an Arnold’s card to collect stamps for each purchase. Free wifi!
What are some of your favorite places to study?