Wow – What a Tremendous Experience!

In Florence, I learned basic conversational Italian, developed a better appreciation for the arts and art history, learned about interesting International Finance topics (such as foreign exchange markets), and met amazing people.  I experienced over 25 museums throughout Italy and Europe, and saw 9 Italian cities and towns (Florence, Rome, Sienna, San Gimignano, Palermo, Venice,…

To Permanently Live in Florence

If I were to permanently live in Florence, I would want to live on the south side of the Arno.  This area is generally less crowded and is home to some of Florence’s best restaurants and trades shops.  Ideally, I could work in some area of the arts, while still utilizing my finance degree.  For…

Florence Top 3 – with Italy Traveling Tips

To begin, please know that there are endless things to do in Florence; there is something for everyone.  However, there are 3 places that you must see while here. Coming in at number 3 of my top 3 list, there is Le Cascine Park.  This is Florence’s largest park.  It is filled with trails, nature,…

Traveling Abroad, While Abroad

          Fortunately, I have been able to do a lot of traveling while living abroad in Florence.  In Palermo, I saw ancient artifacts, dating back to before Christ, and the famous Palatine Chapel.  Later, my friend and I travelled to Munich, Vienna, and Budapest, for spring break.  In Munich, we visited…

Key Takeaways from GBI Florence So Far

The first big takeaway from the time I have spent in Florence is that Italy has less of a “melting pot” culture than the United States.  I have come to this conclusion due to several variables, including Italians’ views on the way people dress, as well as the various careers available to residents of Florence…

Being a student in Florence

Before coming to Florence, I expected that my time abroad would be defined by numerous milestone events that would immediately assist me in growing and learning.  After 37 days in Italy, I realize that – similar to life in the U.S. – developing as an individual is a process that requires patience, even when one…

Getting Around Florence (and Italy)

Every weekday, with the exception of Friday, I awake in our flat in Borgo San Frediano at 08:00 and leave for CAPA at 08:30.  I walk 1 mile to school, which takes me around 20 minutes.  Although, I mainly walk to get places at Pitt, I will sometimes take the city bus or the Pitt…

Il Visitare Roma

For 1 week, I have resided in Florence, sharing an apartment with 5 other study abroad students, located in the San Frediano neighborhood – on the south side of the Arno River.  I share a room with Mark, a junior from the University of Colorado at Boulder; Mark is best friends with 2 of our…

Leaving on a Jet Plane (Destination Firenze)

Good afternoon, In 23 days, I will depart for the experience of a lifetime – a 4-month study abroad program in Florence, Italy, organized by Pitt Business Study Abroad and the CAPA organization. My name is Colin Jones and I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh, majoring in Finance, with minors in Economics…