Hall of Residence Accademia dei Ponti

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 1984 was the birth year of the Accademia dei Ponti.  Lots of meetings took place privately. Among   other friends, we can remember Tito Arecchi, Bettino Ricasoli, Ginolo Ginori Conti, Giorgio Fozzati, Giancarlo Polenghi, Carlo Carapelli and Antonio Pistolesi. Systematic activities started in May 1985 in an apartment located Via Fossombroni n.11, and in December took place the first academic inauguration, held by Prof. Franco Scaramuzzi (Rector of Florence University).  Another milestone in the history of this college is the 1996 inauguration of the academic year in the “Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio”.  Meetings  with Mons. Javier Ecchevarria, Prelate of Opus Dei took also place with students (Dec1995) and with professionals (May1996).

In 2014 Accademia dei Ponti celebrates its 30th anniversary of activities in Tuscany.  Its main activity  is full individual training, to help many students, families and professionals in a specific formation, aimed and stimulated by an educational context.  Far from any discrimination, students and families can learn to develop a proper sense of responsibility and self-denial.

Youngsters, adults and elders are protagonist of individual growth, and actors in a project that recognizes the social role of the family and the educational challenge. Today, social and economic development, based on individual and relationships  values, cannot ignore the complementarity between person and family, the generational gap and legal rights.



Florence is a prestigious university city, internationally recognized for its artistic and scientific tradition and cultural life where Accademia dei Ponti, a male college, welcomes Italian and foreign students. Easily accessible from any university, it offers lodging in a family ambiance. There the students find opportunities to acquire an human, intellectual and professional growth.  With a very varied program, Accademia dei Ponti develops  students’ individual capabilities and ambitions to obtain good results in their future. Various activities are carried out in collaboration with the cultural and educational system working with the Florentine Governing Body and the Tuscan region, concerning different fields such as:

  • Medically assisted procreation. 
    Felice Petraglia (Head and professor of Gynecology, University of Siena)
  • Clinicals and anthropological aspects of gender identity.
    Fabio Ermili (Specialist in Hepatobiliary surgery in Foligno (PG); Fileremo Bioethics Centre of Perugia)
  • Influence of social impact of family life.
    Cristiano Ciappei (professor of Government and Management Company, Universty of Firenze)
  • Private Equity and IPO’s for SMEs.
    Lorenzo Parrini, (Deloitte Financial Adv. Prt.; professor of Advanced Corporate Finance, University of Firenze)
  • Building Peace after a conflict: the role of University cooperation.
    P. Blasi (past Rector, University of Firenze); R. Martinelli  (Former Comander Peace Military Forces); M. Caneva (AESI)    



Since its beginning the Accademia dei Ponti, Tuscan seat of Opus Dei, a Catholic Church Prelature, founded by San Josemaria Escrivà (www.opusdei.org), develops  a serious training that inspires every initiative to a human growth with a Christian  orientation. The “Universal Call to Holiness”, addressed to each person, promotes a real spirit of service, generosity, loyalty and mutual trust.



For intense volunteer activities, students and families promote directly various events of the Accademia dei Ponti and also through the collaboration of the “ARTES Association”, a non-profit entity applied to the professional sector.  Donations, bequests and contributions to support the economic engagement of each activity denote the keen interest of private companies and public institutions towards these ambitious goals. In 2009 Accademia dei Ponti won the Capit Award for the promotion of culture.


 Life in Residence Hall

Residence Hall is not only a place where to eat and sleep, but also a center where to build new friendships in a family atmosphere and in an environment of serious and concentrated study.


Facilities offered

Main facilities:

-Single room with bathroom


-Provision of bed linen

-Daily room cleaning



Other facilities:


-Study rooms


-Large TV room and newspapers' corner



-Sport Activities


Complementary Activities

Accademia dei Ponti organizes meetings with professionals of culture, science, art and work. Moreover guided museum tours are periodically organized in Florence and trips in medieval Tuscany.



The rate is 800 euros per month and includes the access to all the facilities of Hall of Residence.


For more info, please write an email to direzione@accademiadeiponti.it including your personal data and the studies that you want to start.


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