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 055-215056 Happy Hour before 9 p.m. €4 pints €5 pints after 9 p.m.
Red Garter and House of Sizzle Via de'Benci 33r 055-2344904 Italian and American fare at the restaurant Pub stays open until the game is over
JJ Cathedral's Piazza San Giovanni 4r www.jjcathedral.com 055-250260 Pay the bartender in $ or € during Happy Hour (6-10 p.m.)
The Michael Collins Piazza della Signoria 30r www.michaelcollinspub.com 055-295232 Known better as a live music than a sports venue
Gasoline Road Bar Via dell'Anguillara 54r 055-2654298 €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.