5 Things I Learned Abroad

We go abroad for lots of reasons. We have goals. We wish to grow in ways we wouldn’t be able to at home. We want to get away, to travel the world while we still can. To see another culture, and to see ourselves through the eyes of another culture. And if we’re lucky, weContinue reading “5 Things I Learned Abroad”

The World’s Florence | What to See, Do and Eat in Florence, Italy

Ahh, Florence. The birthplace of the Renaissance, the capital of beautiful Tuscany. It was once home to the likes of Michelangelo, Donatello, Brunelleschi, the Medici, and just last fall –  me. Every day from August to December of 2016, I was lucky enough to stroll those famous terracotta-colored streets and check out the local foodsContinue reading “The World’s Florence | What to See, Do and Eat in Florence, Italy”

My Florence

We’ve finally come to the (almost) end of my abroad blog. I’ve been tossing around ideas on how to close the curtain on this digital adventure for some time now. When I closed the curtain on the real-life adventure, it involved lots of running around town and seeing and eating all that I could inContinue reading “My Florence”

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”

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”

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”