Rome-ing Around

I don’t think I’ve ever had a weekend as packed as September 30 – October 2, 2016 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”Continue 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 Florence puts a big emphasis on students getting to know the city they’re living in. One of the ways they accomplish this is by offering a series of trips called “Insider’s Florence.” Last Saturday’s Insider’s Florence was particularly appealing – it was a food tour. We wereContinue 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 icon 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 academic week 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 “Italian experience”Continue reading “Classes | Week One”

SU Florence Immersion Weekend

SU Florence Immersion Weekend falls on the students’ first weekend in Italy. It’s designed to help students feel fully connected with the city they’ll spend the next few months in. I began my Saturday with a scavenger hunt around the city of Florence. Participants met at the city library and followed clues to uncover someContinue reading “SU Florence Immersion Weekend”

SU Florence Orientation | Week One

Orientation, meeting my host family, touring the city and more. Last Monday, I boarded a plane for the (almost) first time and set off for Italy. Hard to believe it’s already been a week! We kicked off orientation at a hotel just outside Florence, where, after a much-needed shower, I got my first taste ofContinue reading “SU Florence Orientation | Week One”