European Travel

Passengers wait to board a train.

Around Italy

Florence is centrally located in Italy, so there are great opportunities to travel. The Santa Maria Novella train station provides easy access to airports, and other cities within Italy. If you do not speak and/or read Italian fluently, always go to the train station or travel agency and purchase your ticket. Booking tickets online through the Trenitalia website (for national trains only) can be tricky, but the website is useful to get a sense of departure times and fares. Once at the station, most of the people at the ticket booths speak a fair amount of English, and there are self-service ticketing machines with English-language options, so you can be fairly sure that you will not find yourself with the wrong type of ticket.  Please note that international tickets cannot be purchased on the machines.

Also, remember that the Office of Student Life offers trips around Italy, and that many classes take overnight trips around Italy - check out those options before booking your own!

Planning Your Trip

Have an idea of sites you want to visit and things you want to do during your trip. Do some research on travel blogs and communities. You should ask friends and family who have traveled before about places they enjoyed the most. Read through site-specific guide books like Lonely Planet, Let's Go, Rough Guide, Rick Steves, or Frommers.

Book all travel far in advance. However, do not book anything until after the first week of classes. You may find there are NYU-sponsored trips already in place.

Last Minute Tips

  • Inform someone (your parents, the school, a friend) of your travel plans in case of emergency.
  • Make sure you have more than one source of money (e.g. cash and a credit card, or two credit cards)
  • Make a copy of your passport and a credit card and pack these to bring along with you.
  • Bring email confirmations of all reservations and arrangements you have made.
  • Write down the address of your destination to show to a local if you need help. Also, print out directions of how to get to that location.

Traveling by Plane

If you are planning weekend travel, then flying from city to city may be your cheapest option. With flights, the earlier you book, the cheaper it will be. Be aware that the taxes for the flight may be more money than the cost of the actual flight. Many of the cheapest flights leave very early in the morning from airports outside of the city.

In some places it can be difficult and expensive to travel to these airports at these very early times because public transportation may not run all night. If you go on a low-fare airline, expect to pay a fee for any stowed luggage you bring.

Traveling by Train

Traveling by Bus