Taylor in Firenze

Ciao! My name is Taylor, and I am a junior studying Marketing and achieving a certificate in Public & Professional Writing. I am originally from Franklin, Massachusetts, but I wanted to go to a college in an urban city, which led me to Pittsburgh. On campus I am a sister of Alpha Epsilon Phi, a member of Phi Beta Lambda and was previously the VP of marketing for Women in Sports and Events.

I knew in high school that I wanted to study abroad — I am very passionate about traveling and learning about new cultures. Fun fact about me, I was in Spain visiting a friend studying abroad in March of 2020 and was sent home when the borders were closing. Needless to say, I have been waiting for my moment to return to Europe and redeem my explorations for 2 years. It has been almost a month in Florence and it has already been such an incredible experience.

I am participating in the Global Business Institute in Florence for this semester. I chose this program because it offered classes that explore the culture of Italy and classes that discuss international business. I am interested in pursuing retail, and I thought that Florence would be a good place due to the many global brands headquartered here. Some goals I have for this semester is to become base-level conversational in Italian, understand global perspective from an Italian point of view, and become a better problem solver.

Here in Florence, I am taking International Marketing, Exploring the Global City, Italian and Renaissance Art History. I have really enjoyed all of my classes so far, especially Exploring the Global City, which is an urban studies class. We discuss Florence as a modern city, and we have been able to dive deep in the culture that we are living in.

The CAPA center in Florence is really great. It feels much smaller to me than Pitt – you see the same faces everyday, and have classes in the same rooms. Everyone here is very friendly and resourceful; they really want you to feel comfortable and safe in the city. They provide a lot of resources and host a lot of fun events to help you get to know the city.

I live in the Santa Croce neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and I am so lucky to have only a 2 minute walk to CAPA. However, I do live on the fifth floor of our building, and there is no elevator. I frequent the I Ghibellini cafè, the barista even knows my order! We also live so close to our FAVORITE gelato shop, Rivareno. It is a MUST if you are in Florence. I live with one other Pitt student, and my four other roommates all go to Indiana Bloomington. We have had so much fun, and I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be here!

The best is yet to come!

Chocolate gelato from Rivareno — seriously the best
I Ghibellini cappuccino and croissant