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FIT in Florence

November 5, 2017
by Melissa

Where do you shop & eat in Florence? A Guide to Shopping Like a Florentine

There are many things that come to our minds when we think of Florence.  Brunelleschi, the Ponte Vecchio, prosciutto, wine, Michelangelo’s David, Gucci, vintage markets – especially the vintage markets.  In fact, the entire shopping scene in Florence is a fashion student’s dream.  In Oltrarno, I have been able to find the dreamiest vintage stores and open markets.  The Mercato di Santo Spirito, just a few streets away from home and the Ponte Vecchio, has become a personal favorite of mine.  Here you’ll find locals and, thankfully, a very small amount of tourists, perusing through the second hand clothing stands (which are many), the vintage books of Pinocchio and Donatello, record shops (usually where the younger crowd gathers), paintings, jewelry, and so on.  By the end of my study abroad, I’ll be able to include“enhanced bargaining skills” on my résumé.

Before moving, many of my family members told me that I was going to come back home five pounds lighter, since Italy is known for its natural produce.  They failed to mention the numbers of pasticcerie that crowd the streets, displaying the freshly made tiramisu on their windows; the gigantic gummy stands at the mercato, selling every kind of gummy candy you ate as a child; and the entire idea of “aperitivo:” pay for your €6 drink and help yourself to the elaborate, all-you-can-eat buffet. I am doing everything but losing weight here.  

But for the days I feel the need to maintain a healthy skin complexion, I visit my favorite green market stand – Mauro Frutta Primizie.  The photo below says it all.    

It’s, actually, not very hard to feel at home here in Florence.  With just a walk down Piazza della Repubblica on Thursday mornings to pick out fresh flowers for my apartment, one ought to be immediately content.  I’ve noticed it’s the little things that make Florence so warm and homey.  It is easy to tell why Italians are so welcoming.

Thank you for reading!

Melissa x

October 28, 2017
by Isabella

Look Up

Ciao a tutti,

For this week’s post, I am sharing some of my favorite architecture so far in Florence.  As I mentioned in our collaborative post, after first arriving we heard advice from local Florentines saying “in Florence always look up.”  The city has layers and layers of history which are evident throughout the streets and buildings, telling a story of the people who used to live here and the movements which took place, sweeping through the city.  Examples of this history can be found in details all over, many of which might be missed if you don’t look up.  Below I have collected pictures of beautiful ceilings from all over Florence, where the beauty is so overwhelming and consuming.  A key factor in creating this ambiance is the ceiling and how it contributes to completely immersing you into the environment.

Having just finished midterms, these past two weeks seemed non stop with projects, exams, and everything else going on in life.  With focusing on one class to the next making sure you get everything done on time, it is easy to get caught up in daily and weekly tasks.  Before you know it, it is the end of October and first semester is more than halfway over!  One of the things though which I am learning and appreciating from Florence, is going a little slower and taking in all the beauty around you.  Sometimes I need to be reminded of this and aspects of the city such as these ceilings get me to stop and take everything in. Something you can do wherever you are in the world, but is especially beautiful in Florence. 🙂

A presto,


October 21, 2017
by Miyah

Am I Really Here? In Florence, Italy?

Ciao a tutti! I hope life is treating you all very well!

These past two months have gone by pretty quick. I remember running to the Garment District a few hours before my flight to pick up black style tape (heads up FD majors, this is not easy to find in Florence), checking in my luggage with Air Berlin, saying my goodbyes to my Mom, a layover in Dusseldorf, and finally landing in Florence, making my way to the 1950’s American Diner, for a burger and fries of course! Adjusting, culture shock, schoolwork and now, midterms, it hasn’t been so easy living over here, but, every single day it gets better and I try to remain as positive and stress-free as possible – it makes a huge difference.

Sometimes I find myself looking up at the sky or just looking around me saying “Am I really here? Is this real?” Yes Miyah! It is very real and for students coming here for the Spring semester or in the near future, you will have these moments too and then realize it is very real!

Below, three times/moments I had and thought “Am I really here? In Florence?”

1)    “Hours Before Italia” film

I enjoy telling stories, so, I made this mini film, to document the hours before I left for Florence to when I arrived and had a little glimpse of what my environment will look like for the next 8/9 months. I watch this film maybe once a week just to remind myself where I am and how amazing this journey already is and how amazing it will be. Click the link below to check out the mini film!



2)    Stepping foot on Villa Favard

The first time I walked on the Polimoda campus I couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t believe what my eyes were seeing. I think in another life I’m an interior designer, because I LIVE for the interior designs and architecture that Polimoda has. I’ve never a school so exquisite and elegant but in a very organic and discrete way. When I seen the FIT Welcome to Orientation sign as I walked in, I felt right at home.


3) Meeting Polimoda Students

Polimoda students didn’t start their semester until the beginning of October, so it was just us (FIT students and staff) on campus for a couple weeks. Once Polimoda students arrived, the cafes opened, Scandicci Design Lab extended its work hours (YAY FOR FD STUDENTS) and of course, opportunities to meet new friends! New York City is a very diverse place, but in Florence I feel a different level of diversity.

Being on the other side of the world, engaging with many students from different countries, ethnicities, cultures etc from this side of the world is very cool to me. It’s so interesting entering this world where I can connect with others that are very interested and passionate about the fashion industry.


That’s all for now! I hope you all enjoyed my post of the day! More blog post are on the way in the upcoming weeks! Stay tuned!

Ciao e Grazie!

Best wishes,

Miyah from FD1