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California State University International Program Florence

CSUIP Firenze 2017-2018
INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL BE USING
THE GROUP HOUSING ARRANGED BY CSU (Hotel Meridiana):

Almost all CSU students will be staying in the CSU IP Florence program arranged group housing at the Hotel Meridiana and are to report directly to the Hotel on Wed., Aug. 30 from 2:00p.m. onwards. However, if you arrive earlier than 2:00p.m. you may go to the hotel and leave your luggage in storage. The HOTEL MERIDIANA is located  on Viale Don Minzoni 25.  The map below illustrates the location of the Hotel, the CSU IP Florence study center and the main train station in Florence.

When you check-in at the Hotel Meridiana, you will be given a copy of the CSU IP Florence newsletter ” The Firenzied Times ” , a copy of “ Your First Week in Florence ” , a map of Florence and directions to the CSU IP Florence study center. All information you will need regarding the schedule of events, reporting to the CSU IP Florence center and orientation will be included in this information. More details will be given as we get closer to the reporting date. A Florence city tour will be scheduled for all students during orientation to familiarize them with the city. More details and information will be provided upon arrival.

The first general meeting at the CSU Florence center will be on Thurs. Aug. 31 (time TBA), followed by a buffet lunch. During this first meeting, all CSU IP Florence staff members will be introduced and then housing will be discussed. On Friday, Sept. 1 there will be a more comprehensive orientation meeting explaining the events of the first week in Florence and various forms will need to be completed. CSU IP Florence staff members will be available to answer your questions about the orientation period, housing, classes, etc. GENERAL MEETINGS ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL STUDENTS! 

MEALS:  Breakfast and dinner are included during your stay at the Hotel Meridiana.  Breakfast is served from  TBA to TBA am.  Only on the first night of Wed., Aug. 30, dinner will begin at TBA (to allow for those later arrivals to be able to make it for the first nights dinner) all of the following nights dinner will begin at TBA You are entitled to dinner on your day of arrival and breakfast on your day of departure.

GUESTS ARE NOT ALLOWED: Guests CANNOT be placed in the Hotel Meridiana due to space limitations. If you will be traveling with friends and/or family, you MUST make prior hotel arrangements for their stay in Florence.  The hotels in Florence and throughout Italy are full at that time of the year so we HIGHLY SUGGEST that you contact your local travel agent or consult the web site  FIRENZE ALBERGO   to reserve hotel rooms in advance for your guests. 

GROUP HOUSING STUDENTS WHO WILL BE COMING TO FLORENCE BY TRAIN:

Most students coming into Florence by train will get off at the main train station, Firenze Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.).  There is another local train station,  Campo di Marte, which is very close to CSU IP FLorence, however, not many trains stop at that station.  See the map for reference.

TO GET TO THE HOTEL MERIDIANA, from the main train station Firenze, Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.), you can do one of the following: 1.  you can walk (takes about 20 minutes at a brisk pace), which might be difficult if you have a lot of luggage; 2. you can take one of the  taxis  located right outside of the main entrance, which will take about 10 minutes and cost approximately 15 Euro;  or 3.  you can take ATAF bus # 1A or # 1B, which will drop you off across the street from the Hotel Meridiana. You can purchase a bus ticket either at the newspaper stand inside the train station or at one of the automatic ATAF ticket machines located just outside the main train station entrance.  The cost for a bus ticket is 1.20 Euro. Once you get on the bus you have to stamp/validate the ticket in the yellow or green box/ticket validator located at either the front or rear of the bus.  It is also possible to buy a ticket on the bus for 2.00 Euro.

TO GET TO THE HOTEL MERIDIANA, from the Campo di Marte train station, you can take bus # 13 from viale Mazzini, get off the bus on the corner of Via Leonardo da Vinci and Viale Don Minzoni, take a right at the corner of Viale Don Minzoni, you will be right near the Hotel Meridiana (on the left hand side of the Blvd.). You can buy a bus ticket at the bar inside the train station.

GROUP HOUSING STUDENTS WHO WILL BE COMING TO FLORENCE BY AIRPLANE:

If you fly directly to the Florence airport, you can get to the Hotel Meridiana in one of two ways:  1.  take a taxi from the airport (cost is roughly 20 -  30 Euro, depending on time of day and traffic) or  2.   take the ATAF/SITA airport shuttle bus (referred to as the Navetta Aeroporto/ ”Vola in Bus” click on the link for bus schedule) which leaves from just outside of the airport (near the exit, close to the highway) and takes you to the main train station in Florence.  This bus runs every 30 minutes, starting at 5:20 AM until 11:20 PM, and costs only 6.00 Euro one way.  The ticket for this bus can be purchased directly on the bus from the driver or at the bar inside of the "Departures" terminal.  Once at the train station in Florence, you can follow the instructions listed above to get to the Hotel Meridiana.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO WILL NOT BE 
USING CSU IP FLORENCE GROUP HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS:

All independent housing students not using the CSU IP Florence group housing arrangements at the Hotel Meridiana are to arrive in Florence on Wed., Aug. 30. Instructions and information as to where and when to report on Thurs. morning, Aug. 31, will be provided closer to the reporting date.    

To reach CSU IP Florence from the main train station in Florence, Firenze Santa Maria Novella (S.M.N.), refer to the map below which indicates the locations of both the CSU IP Florence study center and the train station.  From S.M.N. you can take the public ATAF bus #6A or #6B, which stops on the right side of the train station and will drop you off in piazza D'azeglio a five minute walk from the CSU IP FLorence Florence center in Via G. Leopardi 12. You can purchase a bus ticket at the newspaper stand inside the train station or at the automatic ATAF ticket machine, located just outside the main train station entrance.  The cost for a bus ticket is 1.20 Euro. It is also possible to buy a ticket on the bus for 2.00 Euro.  If you prefer not to take the bus to get to CSU IP Florence, you can walk or take a taxi as described above.

To reach CSU IP Florence from the Campo di Marte train station, follow the exit for Via Mannelli/Viale Mazzini, follow Viale Mazzini to the end, where it runs into Viale A. Gramsci.  CSU IP FLorence is located just across Viale Gramsci, as indicated on the map below, on Via G. Leopardi 12.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

° We ask that you  not report to the CSU IP Florence Center before Wed., Aug. 30 as the office may be closed and all materials for you may not be ready for distribution.

° The map below will show you how to get to the CSU IP Florence Center or the Hotel Meridiana,  using the main train station (Santa Maria Novella) in Florence as a point of reference.

° Buses # 1A and #1B take you to the Hotel Meridiana  from the Firenze S.M.N. main train station.

° Bus # 13 takes you to the Hotel Meridiana from the Campo di Marte station.

° Buses #6A and #6B take you to the CSU IP FLorence study center from the main train station.

 


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