Campus and Access Hours
The SUF campus, located in the residential neighborhood of Piazza Savonarola, consists of five spacious buildings and a lovely garden, all within easy walking distance of each other and Florence’s city center.
Villa Rossa is the main point of reference on campus for all SUF students. Most administrative offices, classrooms, the computer lab and snack bar are located here. The Villa will also be the only entrance point into the campus. Built as a private residence in 1892, Villa Rossa was purchased by Syracuse University in 1963 but has been home to the university's Florence center since the program's founding in 1959.
The library is located on the ground and basement levels of the 19th-century palazzino called the Villino. It consists of five reading rooms, DVD equipment, two student photocopiers with scanning and color printing capabilities, and over sixty lockers available on a first-come first-served basis for storing books and laptops. The library's extensive collection of books, journals and DVDs are carefully selected to support the SU Florence curriculum as well as most student research needs. The Villino also houses two classrooms and most faculty offices.
The Computer Lab
The Computer Lab, located in the basement of the Villa Rossa, consists of 26 desktop computers connected to B&W printers. Students log on to the computers using the SUF username assigned during Orientation. The first time you log on you will be asked to change your password.
The SUF garden which connects the Villino and Villa Rossa buildings, is the perfect place to relax, study, read, use wireless or have a cappuccino with friends. Decorative gazebos, assorted trees, shrubs, flowers and fine sculptural works by SUF’s own Studio Arts faculty, Marco Fallani and the late Romano Luccachini, grace SUF’s 1,800 square meters of paradise in the city. Access hours to the garden are the same as those for Library and Computer Lab.
The Annex, located next to Villa Rossa, houses four classrooms and a small student lounge. Access to the Annex is through the Villa Rossa main entrance.
The cafe is located on the ground floor of the Villa Rossa. Besides prices that can't be beat, the cafe is a great place to practice your Italian--whether to order a delicious cappuccino or talk about the latest Fiorentina soccer game!
Piazzale Donatello, a five-minute walk from Villa Rossa, has for over a century been the artist district of Florence thanks to the large, well-lit studios with lofty ceilings and tall windows. SU Florence is fortunate to have such an ideal location for its own painting, drawing, sculpture, restoration, and photography studios. The studio arts building also houses SUF’s Art Gallery where rotating exhibits of diverse artistic media are periodically on display and open to the public. Behind the building is a quiet, private garden for student use.
The printmaking studio is located at Via della Robbia 99, across the street from the Villa Rossa and Villino.
Donatello 25 - Architecture
The architecture studios are located at Piazzale Donatello 25, a few doors down from the studio arts building. Four large studios, two computer labs, and faculty and administrative offices are located in the same building. Students have access to a spacious terrace on the second floor and a small, private garden on the ground level.
Wireless Internet access is available in most SUF buildings, gardens and classrooms.