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”

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”