Campus and Access Hours

The campus, located in the residential and business neighborhood of Piazza Savonarola, consists of five historic buildings and a lovely garden, all within easy walking distance of Florence’s city center.

Villa Rossa

Villa Rossa is the main point of reference on campus. Most administrative offices, classrooms, the computer lab and snack bar are located here. Access to the garden, the library, and all non-studio classrooms is through the Villa Rossa. Built as a private residence in 1892, the villa has been home to the university’s Florence center since the program’s founding in 1959. It was purchased by Syracuse University in 1963.


The library is located on the ground and basement levels of the 19th-century Villino building. It consists of six reading rooms, a video room (the teatrino), a color copier/printer/scanner, a wireless printer, and over sixty lockers available on a first-come, first-served basis. The library’s books, journals, and DVDs are carefully selected to support the curriculum and beyond. The second and third levels of the building house classrooms (Villino 1 and Villino 2) and faculty offices.

The computer lab

The computer lab consists of three rooms located in the basement of the Villa Rossa. Over two dozen desktop computers are equipped with Windows 10, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Pro, and other applications. All computers print to a networked laser printer, but students have the option of printing wirelessly from laptops, as well. To log onto a networked computer, an active SU NetID and password are required.


The garden connects the Villa Rossa to the Villino and is the perfect place to relax, study, read, use wireless Internet access, or have a cappuccino with friends. Numerous tables, chairs, and benches, a large shaded gazebo, assorted trees, shrubs, flowers and fine sculptural works by Studio Arts faculty member Marco Fallani and the late Romano Luccachini grace the 1,800 square meters of paradise in the city. Access hours to the garden are the same as those for the 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.

Campus cafe

The father and son team Stefano and Lorenzo run the snack bar on the ground floor of the Villa Rossa. Not only a convenient place to grab a sandwich, salad, fresh fruit, or plate of pasta, the bar/cafe is the perfect place to practice your Italian–whether to order a cappuccino or talk about the latest Fiorentina soccer game!

Donatello 21 – Studio Arts

Piazzale Donatello, a five-minute walk from the 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. Syracuse Florence is fortunate to have such an ideal location for its own painting, drawing, ceramics, restoration, and photography studios. The photography studio doubles as an art gallery when special exhibits are held, such as the Student Art Show at the end of each semester. Behind the building is a quiet, private garden for student use.

The printmaking studio is located in a separate building across from the Villino on Via della Robbia, 99.

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.