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Besides a vibrant academic community, the Robert Schuman Centre has a lot to offer to make life at the Institute and in the city of Florence even more pleasant.

Our Villas

The Robert Schuman Centre is located on the Tuscan hillside overlooking Florence. The heart of the centre is Villa Schifanoia, which was part of a large swathe of land including other villas and country houses in the area.  

Most of our researchers and staff members have their offices in this beautiful building, where also many events organised by the Centre take place. In addition, the Schuman Centre extends to other villas spread throughout the area, including Casale, Villa Raimondi, Villa Malafrasca and Il Villino. This unique working environment invites to enjoy the beauty of Tuscan architecture, art and landscapes.

Villa Schifanoia and garden

Schuman Gatherings


Special occasions must be celebrated appropriately and offer a platform for the Schuman community to gather. One example is the Schuman Welcome Drinks that take place each year in September to welcome newcomers and to kick off the new academic year.

These events offer a good opportunity to get to know other members of the Schuman community - academics and staff. Of course, partners and children are also very welcome. The same also applies to Christmas parties, Summer Drinks, and more. 

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The Schuman Centre is a place where everybody is welcome! For the youngest members of the EUI community, there is a dedicated crèche for academic and administrative staff. The crèche is located in the ‘Il Villino’ building and open Monday to Friday, between 8.15 and 18:00. 

For those who do not participate in the academic activities of the Institute there is the possibility to join the EUI's Partners group that meets twice a month. The group organises different activities, exchanges of experiences and offers company. 

RSC Aperitiv 2018-2019 Children playing

Coppa Pavone

Schumaniacs Coppa Pavone 2019

Members of the Schuman community of course support the Schuman team, the 'Schumaniacs'!

Each year at beginning of June, the most important annual football event – the Coppa Pavone tournament – kicks off. For two weeks, different teams compete for the much sought-after victory. During this time, the area around the EUI football pitch, located right in front of the Schuman Centre’s Villa Schifanoia, transforms into a fan mile, where the EUI community comes to cheer and support their favourite team. Even Bar Fiasco moves its location for this time period, providing everybody with refreshing drinks and delicious burgers.

Coppa Airone


The Coppa Airone is the one if the newcomers among the many glorious sport tournaments organised by EUI. Founded by the EUI Beach Volley group “The Herons” in 2018, it takes place every year in May at the Florentia Club.

If you’re up to enjoy sun, sand, and playing volley throughout the year, check out the webpage of the EUI’s beach volleyball team

Vegetable Boxes

Vegetable Box

Do you like to eat fresh and regional products? At the Schuman Centre, fresh fruit and vegetables come directly to you. There is the possibility to order a box with seasonal products, which gets delivered to your office once a week. This service is provided by a social cooperative located in the area.   


Classical Music

Are you passionate of classic music? You will find a mail in your inbox regarding the 'Amici della Musica's initiatives, which are scheduled to take place during the following weekend. By replying to this email you can request 1 (or 2) ticket(s), which are offered to a special price. Information about the ticket procedures and the upcoming schedule can be found here.


Classical Music

 Extracurricular Activities

EUI Rowing Club


Cycling, singing, knitting or karate: people at the EUI have many different hobbies and are happy to share their passion with other EUI members. One can choose between a big variety of cultural and sporting activities

If you have a hobby that you would like organise in a group, you can contact the Body and Brain Boosting Board (4B)


Page last updated on 11 November 2019