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”

Exploring Assisi | SU Florence All-School Trip

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a place more beautiful or spiritual than Assisi. The small Umbrian town (population: just over 28,000 at the beginning of 2016) is nestled on a hilltop with some gorgeous views and is home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic faith: the Basilica Papale diContinue reading “Exploring Assisi | 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”

Benvenuti a Firenze! | Study Abroad Goals

Benvenuti a Firenze! I’ve officially made it to Florence. This semester, I’ll be studying abroad at Syracuse University’s Florence center. I’m so excited for all of the opportunities, experiences and adventures ahead, and I can’t wait to share it all with you.  So far, the other students and I (around 250 of us in total)Continue reading “Benvenuti a Firenze! | Study Abroad Goals”