Protagonists in Florence: John Milton
“"Here in Palazzo dei Gaddi it is a tradition that in the years 1638 and 1639 John Milton lived here, finding the Italy of the Classics in Florence"; so reads the plaque in the Palazzo dei Gaddi. The building that stands in Via del Giglio, housed the author of the immortal "Paradise Lost" who spent some time in our city to confront the Italian authors he venerated: from Dante to Petrarca, from Bembo to Tasso.> Add a comment >
The experience of Emma, a student of the AEF Drawing and Painting Certificate Program
It was always my dream to go beyond the tropical realms that surrounded me since I was born , a paradise we call Mauritius. I yearned for a place where art was appreciated and celebrated. Driven by curiosity and a search for an enriching quest… lead me to Italy, specifically Florence, the city that's known for its outstanding art, music, food and warm smiles and that houses incredible masterpieces of famous artists like Michelangelo. Inspired by a new country, a heart-warming city and my multicultural background, I started learning about myself. AEF became my family during the 3 years that I have been attending the Drawing & Painting Certificate Program. I started discovering the new aspects of life that would completely shape the start of my artistic career..> Add a comment >
Manzoni and the rinsing of clothes in the Arno
“He is no more. As reft of breath
The heedless body lay at last
On whom such boundless hopes were cast,
Immobile in the calm of death.
So, by the tidings, in amaze
The earth is held, and with her gaze
The parting hour doth mutely scan
Of this great spirit; if again
Upon the dust of her wide plain,
All blood-besprinkled, ever can
The footfall of a mortal show
Like unto his, she doth not know.”
These are the first two stanzas of "The Fifth of May", Alessandro Manzoni’s ode to the death of Napoleon, which took place on May 5 1821, during his exile on the island of Sant'Elena. That of the author of "I promessi sposi" is a figure inextricably linked to our Florence. A few years later, in fact, Manzoni will indicate the Florentine dialect as the official linguistic model for the Unified Italy with the famous "rinsing of clothes in the Arno".
Protagonists in Florence: Daniel Day-Lewis
Florence is easy to fall in love with: its golden riversides at sunset, its breathtaking views from Boboli or Piazzale Michelangelo. From the immortal artistic tradition that was born and taught here to the whole world, up to the most contemporary contaminations that vibrate in an increasingly creative and international historical center, not even the Hollywood stars seem immune to the charm of the Tuscan capital. And from the red carpet to the Oltrarno workshops, it’s a short trip!> Add a comment >
Why choose Study Abroad?
More competent professionals, more resilient and well integrated in a global network: this is who international students are. Deciding to tackle a study abroad course is an unparalleled educational experience, but there is more. Confronting the subjects we study in another language, with another culture and in another country is a once in lifetime opportunity for inner growth.> Add a comment >