I Hiked a Volcano

…and it was exactly as awesome as it sounds. This weekend was quite and adventure. Volcano exploring aside, it was my first solo trip and my first trip by airplane. I’m happy to report that both of those went incredibly smoothly. And what a weekend it was! I landed in Sicily on Friday morning, leavingContinue reading “I Hiked a Volcano”

Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part One

Three cities, two countries, one weekend. On October 7-9, I took a whirlwind trip through Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg. This post will focus on day one: Budapest.  Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is one of the worlds prettiest cities. With over 1.7 million citizens and 200+ museums, fairs, festivals, and other attractions – it’s a world-classContinue reading “Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg | Part One”

Rome-ing Around

I don’t think I’ve ever had a weekend as packed as September 30 – October 2 was. All three days were full of the best that Rome has to offer, from the Vatican to ancient monuments to some really, really great food. I started my Roman adventure with SU Florence. Rome is SUF’s “biggest” all-school fieldContinue reading “Rome-ing Around”

My Visit To Interlaken, Switzerland

“When you go to Switzerland, you will find that everything there is perfect,” my host mother told me Thursday night. And how right she was. I chose Interlaken, Switzerland to be my first big, outside-Italy weekend excursion this semester. What a great country to start with. Hiking, fresh Alpine air, chocolate, Swiss cottages, more chocolateContinue reading “My Visit To Interlaken, Switzerland”

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, meaning “Five Lands” in Italian, refers to the five coastal towns of Manarola, Riomaggiore, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso al Mare. The region is famous for its dramatic seaside cliffs, colorful buildings, and delicious pesto sauce. My visit to Cinque Terre began with a quick stop in Manarola for an introduction to the region.Continue reading “Cinque Terre”

The Most Beautiful Sunset I’ve Ever Seen

Everything in this country has been beautiful so far, but the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo was truly something special. The Insider’s Florence: Savor Florence food tour ended late in the afternoon last Saturday, leaving us an open evening to explore the city on our own. It was the perfect opportunity to climb up to Piazzale Michelangelo. Piazzale MichelangeloContinue reading “The Most Beautiful Sunset I’ve Ever Seen”

Insider’s Florence | Savor Florence

Florentine food tour? Count me in! Syracuse University in Florence puts a big emphasis on students getting to know the city they’re living in. One of the ways they help with this is by offering a few trips called “Insider’s Florence.” Last Saturday’s Insider’s Florence was particularly appealing to me – it was a foodContinue reading “Insider’s Florence | Savor Florence”

Exploring Ravenna | SU Florence All-School Trip

Last Friday, I visited a beautiful seaside town in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region: Ravenna. Its mosaics – many in the ancient Byzantine style, though some go back even further – are among the most famous in the world. Our first stop was the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in the nearby town of Classe, just outside Ravenna. ThisContinue reading “Exploring Ravenna | SU Florence All-School Trip”

Insider’s Florence: In the Shadow of the Dome

From the Carrier Dome to il Duomo di Firenze. My first all-school field trip with SU Florence was a day centered around the most recognizable feature of the city: il Duomo di Firenze. We started the day with a visit to the Baptistery – an octagonal structure just west of the cathedral. Almost all FlorentineContinue reading “Insider’s Florence: In the Shadow of the Dome”

Classes | Week One

Happy Thursday! Having just successfully completed my first week of academics here in Firenze, I figured it was a good time to tell you about what I’ll be studying over the next few months. Italian 201 All SUF students are required to study Italian during their semesters abroad, and each Italian course (plus its “ItalianContinue reading “Classes | Week One”