||The FSU Florence
Study Center, located at Borgo degli Albizi, 15, was a converted palace turned into a
small college building. The "Old Wing" houses the library and two older,
but well kept classrooms. The FSU section was on the third floor of the building
which was also the home to an architectural design company and an Italian travel magazine.
To the left, Rina and I are standing on the stoop at the entrance to the old wing.
door to the "Old Wing," is the appropriately named"New Wing."
Renovated in 1990, the newer section houses the offices of the professors and Dr.
Carrabino, the program director. The two classrooms in the New Wing (which
alternated throughout the semester between the names New Wing 1 & 2) had grand vaulted
ceilings with floor to ceiling windows. These two rooms were home to all classes
except for Italian, which was held in the Old Wing. These classrooms had a very
distinct air of royalty and it was almost as if we were attending class in a palace.
in fact we were, as the palazzo housed the last remaining member of the Alessandro
family, a recluse known simply as "The Count."
Dr. Carrabino and I outside
of his office at the classically decorated FSU Study Center. Always one for a good
time, we were meeting to head out to a dinner with the whole program group.