Immerse yourself in the architecture, art, cuisine, and culture of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Find yourself in Florence, the charming capital of the Tuscany region in Italy, and explore the city’s extensive history colored by artists, inventors, and innovators.
From the culinary arts to iconic landmarks and everything in-between, Florence is a feast for the senses sure to satisfy your appetite for adventure. Embrace Tuscan tradition as you try famous Florentine foods and enjoy the many monumental marvels this spectacular city has to offer.
From philosophers to fashionistas, Florence has been home to many of the greats: walk the same roads as Dante and Gucci did in their days and discover all of the ways in which the cobblestone streets of Florence will inspire you.
Find a different perspective. Venture outside the ancient walls of the city and ascend up a winding road to the Piazzale Michelangelo for the best panoramic view of Florence. Morning, noon, or night, this scenic square guarantees gorgeous views of Florence's red-tiled rooftops.
Get inspired in the “capital of the arts.” Florence proudly hosts many of the most prestigious museums in the world, from the Galleria Dell’Accademic, home to Michaelangelo’s David, to the Uffizi, where Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and da Vinci’s Annunciation are on display.
Climb to the top of the Duomo. Despite having been built over seven centuries ago, the colossal cathedral is still one of the 10 largest churches in the world. On the ascent, marvel at The Last Judgement, a fresco painting from Renaissance man Giorgio Vasari depicted on the ceiling of Florence Cathedral—and 463 steps later, arrive at the top of Florence’s iconic dome.
Stroll across the Arno River. Erected during Roman times, Ponte Vecchio was the first segmental arch bridge to be built in the West; the most ancient and photographed bridge in Florence is now home to a collection of goldsmith and jewelers’ shops.
Tour the Temple of Italian Glories. Discover the historic heritage of the Basilica di Santa Croce, the burial site of famous Florentines from Galileo Galilei to Niccolò Machiavelli. Situated on a stunning plaza, the impressive Neo-Gothic exterior of the largest Franciscan church in the world contrasts the intimate interior of this beautiful basilica.
Take a food-themed walking tour. Venture through the streets of Florence, learning how history has influenced the traditional staples of Florentine and Tuscan cuisine. Sample Florentine staples from savory steak to sweet gelato!
Annabel H., EF Gap Year Class of 2019 Boston University Class of 2023
My gap year took me out of my comfort zone so many times—and my life is better because of it. Now, as I head off to college, I am able to focus on my excitement rather than feeling nervous, because I have built so much confidence within the past year. If anyone is searching for a path to follow, a way to achieve their goals, or even just who they are, they need to take a gap year.