Most over-the-counter medications are available in Italy, although they may be called by their generic name or have a different commercial name. Prescription medication, however, is a different matter. If you regularly take prescribed medication, you should bring enough from home to last the entire semester. The medication should be accompanied by a doctor’s prescription and a breakdown of the generic composition of the drug. If the drug is available in Italy, our school doctor can prescribe the Italian equivalent of the medication; however, the cost may be very high and certain drugs may not be available at all.
For example, prescriptions to treat ADD/ADHD (ex. Ritalin) cannot be filled in Italy. Again, either bring enough for the duration of your stay, or have someone bring the medication over mid-semester, accompanied by a doctor’s letter of authorization.
In Italy it is highly illegal to send any prescription medication through the mail (including private courier), regardless of availability in Italy or not. Any pharmaceutical will get stopped in customs and will only be cleared, if at all, after lengthy paperwork has been completed and custom fees have been paid.
Our doctor can give regular allergy shots, as well as any other periodic injections (such as birth control). Her office has a refrigerator where medical serums can be stored.
During the fall and spring semesters, Syracuse Florence employs an English-speaking doctor who visits the campus twice a week. Students can make an appointment with Dr. Agnese Linari in the Student Life Office. The visit is a service provided by the university and is, therefore, free of charge.
Schedule: Every Monday and Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. in the Annex Building.
Additional Medical Services
If you are unable to visit our in-house doctor or need a specialized physician, there are other options for obtaining medical service. Please note that you are responsible for payment.
Tourist Medical Service
English-speaking general practitioners and specialists
Via Roma, 4
Open walk-in services:
Mondays through Fridays: 11:00 a.m.-noon, 1:00-3:00 p.m., and 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:00 a.m.-noon and 1:00-3:00 p.m.
24-hour service by appointment: Call 055-475411 to obtain the cell phone number of the doctor on duty. A recorded message is provided in both Italian and English.
Antonella Curcio, M.D.-Gynecologist:
Via Lamarmora, 26
Appointments available Tuesday-Friday
All charges payable in cash at time of appointment
Dott. Bindi, D.D.S.-Dentist:
Via G. Carducci, 16
All major credit cards excepted
Santa Maria Nuova-Public Emergency Hospital:
The nearest public emergency hospital to the Syracuse University Florence campus is Santa Maria Nuova. Usually there is an English-speaking physician on duty.
Piazza Santa Maria Nuova (near the Duomo)
Villa Donatello-Private Clinic and Laboratory:
Villa Donatello is a private hospital and laboratory in Piazza Donatello (5 minute walk from the Villa Rossa). The clinic does not admit emergencies, and lab tests must have a request from a doctor.
International SOS Card
Syracuse University is an institutional member of International SOS , a company that provides students studying abroad access to a full range of medical information and emergency services, including evacuation. For many years, ISOS has provided emergency medical services for worldwide organizations and corporations.
An ISOS membership card will be distributed to you where you arrive at your destination. Please use the SU membership number (11BCPA000177) to access the ISOS website before you go abroad. Students should sign and carry the card with them at all times or download the smartphone app. Parents/guardians should record the membership number and website address so they also have access.
As a member, you have access to ISOS information services at no charge. These information services range from the website information provided (including country risk ratings, State Department postings, medical travel recommendations, and immunization requirements) to access to medical doctors via phone consultation, referrals to English-speaking doctors, to care assessment and translation services in case of hospitalization
The ISOS 24-hour information services and smart phone application are especially valuable when you are traveling during breaks, or visiting destinations where you have no local contacts and find yourself needing medical advice. Please download the smartphone app, and register your travel information on the MyTrips portal .
Please note that use of actual medical services (beyond information services) is not free. While you have access to ISOS clinics and doctors around the world, you will be responsible for the cost of such services if not covered by your health insurance policy, or the ISIC insurance policy. The ISOS program and membership is not an insurance plan.