Giuseppe Rossi at SU Florence!

323258_heroaIn collaboration with the Giuseppe Rossi Fan Club NY, Syracuse University Florence will host an event celebrating the release of American-born Italian national soccer team player Giuseppe Rossi’s, new book “A Modo Mio (“My Way”),” a collection of Rossi’s personal stories.

The event will be hosted on Tuesday, December 2 at Syracuse University Florence. The events of the evening will include:

  • Press conference with Giuseppe Rossi from 5:45-6:30
  • Presentation of the book to all members of SU Florence, the Fan Club, and the ACF Fiorentina from 6:30-7:45
  • Book Signing at Syracuse University from 7:30 on

“My Way” is a book that describes a continuous journey of one man through various countries and cultures; of an American who at the same time identifies as an Italian. It tells of the talent and mindset, the complications and determination, the imagination and hard work of a champion who draws on a stock of metaphorical weapons in order to overcome personal misfortune. To become stronger than injuries, stronger than pain, stronger than discouragement, stronger than ever before.

Rossi, age 27, was born in Teaneck, New Jersey to Italian parents. At 12, he moved to Parma, Italy with his father to begin his youth club career. After stints with Manchester United and Newcastle United in the British Premier League and Villareal in the Spanish La Liga, Rossi returned to Italy and signed with Fiorentina in January 2013. Rossi made his international debut for the Italian national team in October 2008. He has scored seven goals in 30 appearances for the Azzurri.

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A livestream of the event will be available here:


Walking England: An SU London and SU Florence Signature Seminar

Walking England is a 10-day Signature Seminar offered to all enrolled SU London and SU Florence students, which will begin at the end of the Spring 2015 semester. Above, you’ll find photos from previous editions of the seminar along with quotes from alumni of Walking England. The photos are also available on our Pinterest board. If you’d like more information about enrolling, visit the SU London page on our website!

SU Abroad Student Profile- Isaac Messina


What better place is there to study Renaissance art than in the place where it all began? SU Abroad alumnus, Isaac Messina, had a once in a lifetime opportunity to study art restoration while abroad in Florence under an Italian conservator. His incredible apprenticeship was inspired by a course he was able to take while studying in SU’s center in Florence, Italy. Below he describes his work at an art restoration studio,  which was his first hands-on experience with the work of art conservators.

Name: Isaac Messina

Major: Art History

Minor: Chemistry

School: Arts and Sciences

Project/Internship: Art Restoration Apprentice in the Studio of Antonio Casciani in Florence

Description: “My experience abroad in Florence in the spring of my sophomore year introduced me to art restoration, a career that I am now working to pursue. At Syracuse University in Florence, I took a course on Renaissance painting techniques led by Ezio Buzzegoli, a professional art restorer. Intrigued by the career of my professor, I toured a local painting restoration studio during my stay. Antonio Casciani, the lead restorer, worked in beautiful space next to the Boboli Gardens. Antonio specialized in structural conservation, dealing more with the frames, canvases, and the supports of paintings.

A Crown-Wise research grant from the university honors program allowed me to return to Florence in the summer of 2013 to apprentice in Antonio’s private studio. He challenged me to work hands-on with paintings and frames, assuring me that the best learning experience in restoration comes through one’s hands. He often gave me vague instructions, encouraging me to fail, reflect, and then improve. For each project, I documented and assessed the damage the work had suffered over the centuries. I then assisted by filling holes in canvases, reconstructing splintered gilded frames, and treating the surface of paintings. Antonio did not speak a word of English, so this experience challenged me to expand my language skills from table talk with my Italian host family each night to a vocabulary better suited for the specialized field of art conservation. This apprenticeship was an experience I will never forget, as it gave me my first taste of the work of a real conservator.”


SU Florence Students Hard at Work in the Villa Rossa Garden

The Edible Garden made it debut last semester in Florence, and is a key part of the center’s emphasis on sustainability and sustainable eating. Fall 2014 students were out this week in the garden, planting new veggies and building new boxes to support the growth of the garden.

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