American Football in Florence

Among the most effective remedies for homesickness in American students is a combination of cold beer and NCAA football. Pick up your prescription at any of the locations listed below.

The Fiddler's Elbow
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 7r
Happy Hour before 9 p.m. 4 pints
5 pints after 9 p.m.

Red Garter and House of Sizzle
Via de'Benci 33r
Italian and American fare at the restaurant
Pub stays open until the game is over

JJ Cathedral's
Piazza San Giovanni 4r
Pay the bartender in $ or during Happy Hour (6-10 p.m.)

The Michael Collins
Piazza della Signoria 30r
Known better as a live music than a sports venue

Gasoline Road Bar
Via dell'Anguillara 54r
8 pitchers
(at the time this article is being written, I am waiting for confirmation that this bar is still open)

Call in advance, especially if there's a particular match-up you're after. Some bars are even willing to take requests! Be aware that an international broadcast might not come with Madden commentary. If it doesn't, have a go at speculating what he'd say in his play by play analysis. This often proves thoroughly entertaining. In any event, shell a few peanuts, strike up an argument over biased refereeing, build comradarie with other Americans who are cheering for your team, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

Theresa Schroeder

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