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”

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), nestled on a hilltop with some gorgeous views, is home to one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic faith: the Basilica Papale di San FrancescoContinue 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 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”

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 in which they’ll spend the next few months. I began my Saturday with a scavenger hunt around the city of Florence. Participants met at the city library and followed clues to uncoverContinue 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, here on this site. So far, we’ve been kept busy with orientation activitiesContinue reading “Benvenuti a Firenze ! | Study Abroad Goals”