United States
James Madison University

800 South Main Street
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 USA

Center for Global Engagement (CGE)

MSC 5731 – JMAC 6, Suite 22
100 E. Grace
Room 2nd Floor
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 USA
Tel: (540) 568-5209
Fax: (540) 568-3310

Executive Director, M.A. in Political Science Program

Dr. Charles Blake

James Madison University
Department of Political Science
91 East Grace Street MSC 7705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Tel: (540) 568-6344
Fax: (540) 568-8021

James Madison University in Florence

Palazzo Capponi
Via dei Michelozzi 2
50125 Firenze

Tel: 39.055.2657661
Fax: 39.055.2675490

On-Site Director, M.A. in Political Science Program

Caterina Paolucci

Administrative Coordinator

Chiara Martinelli

Administrative Assistant

Michele Torelli

Residence Assistant

Sadaf Karimi


Getting Here

Campus Map Florence

By taxi

Taxi is a convenient way to get to JMU's Palazzo Capponi but it will also be the more expensive mode of transportation if you are arriving at Florence Peretola Airport or one of the two major Florence railway stations: Firenze Santa Maria Novella or Firenze Campo di Marte. All city taxis are metered and must either be booked via telephone (+39 055 4242) or picked up at a designated taxi stand. Taxis cannot be hailed from the street. Intracity transport can cost anywhere from €5-25 depending on the trip, with airport transportation costing between €20-23 plus a supplement of €1 per piece of luggage. Directions to drivers should be to "Via dei Michelozzi 2," the street that bisects Via Maggio (the main street off of which Palazzo Capponi is located) and Piazza Santo Spirito. The part of town is known as "Oltrarno" or "the other side of the Arno," referring to the historic center of Florence.

By bus or tram

Florence's main train station, Santa Maria Novella, is well connected to the airport by bus or by tram. From the station, you can reach James Madison University by foot, bus or taxi. City buses that pass by include the 11, 36, 37, C3 and D. Bus tickets valid for 90 minutes cost €1.50 and can be purchased at newsstands and tabacchi's at the airport, train stations, and other points throughout the city.

By foot

By foot JMU's Palazzo Capponi is approximately 20 minutes away from the main Santa Maria Novella train station. It is easily reached by Ponte Santa Trinità if coming from the North side of the Arno river and is a 5 minute walk from the historic Ponte Vecchio and the city's historic center.

By car

By car Palazzo Capponi can be reached by Via Maggio or Via del Presto di San Martino. It is recommended that those with a car find parking at the outer limits of the city (at the entrance of the Porta Romana or Porta San Frediano, for example), as parking is limited in the immediate area.

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