Study in the Birthplace of Western Civilization
Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and has about 380,000 inhabitants; its metropolitan area has about 1.5 million. A center of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. The Historic Center of Florence attracts millions of tourists each year, and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. The city is noted for its culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments. Due to Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, it has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Study in a 13th Century Palace in Tuscany
The Webster-Florence site is a partnership with Kent State University, who has been educating students in Florence for more than 40 years. Home to the program is Palazzo dei Cerchi, a renovated 13th-century palace in the city's heart with the remarkable combination of medieval frescos and wireless Internet. The campus also includes Palazzo Bartolini Baldelli, on the corner of Via dei Benci and Piazza Santa Croce, where a classroom balcony overlooks the Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Galileo and Michelangelo.
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