Arrivederci Italia!

As my four months abroad come to an end, I feel incredibly grateful, fortunate, and FULL! I do not think I could have picked a country that fit as perfectly with my goals, interests, and passions as Florence did. Although it is sad that my time studying in Italy is over, I have so many…

Problem-Solving with a Smile!

Living abroad has exposed me to new challenges I have never faced in the United States. Many of these challenges occur when traveling to new places, since there is a lack in ability to communicate. A lot of the time, these issues can be avoided by going into every situation with a positive attitude and…

My Dream Life: Italy Edition

If I was a full-time resident in Italy, and had the opportunity to work here, I would continue living in Florence. Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany, and is known for its landscapes, history, artistic legacy, and its influence on high culture. The Tuscan region is known for its delicious, high-quality wines, cured meats,…

MUST SEES in Florence

By now, I have travelled within Italy enough to see many of the main cities and experience the individual cultures of each region. I am always shocked by the differences in culture that you may experience between the ten main geographical regions within Italy. Although I may be biased, so far, the Tuscan region is…

Traveling in/around Italy

One of the best things about living in Europe for four months is the endless opportunities to travel within your host country as well as outside of it. So far, I have gone to five countries outside of Italy for very cheap. Many students opt for taking organized trips with large groups when travelling, however…

Classes

The first few weeks of classes were very interesting and different from what I experience at Pitt. At Pitt, the classes are very structured, with the expectations explicitly stated and a clear-cut timeline of when assignments are due. However, in Italy, there is a much looser approach. Although the classes are designed to be more…

Expectations Before & Now

Prior to studying abroad, I did tons of research on the city I would be living in, how to travel within Europe economically, and sought out advice from a friend who had recently completed the same program I was doing. I asked so many questions, both to my friend and boss—whose family is from Italy….

Daily Life in Florence

Every day on my way to school I get to walk along Florence’s famous river Arno. The Arno is the largest river in the region, stretching a vast 241 kilometers. During my walk, I pass another famous milestone, the Ponte Vecchio. As I wind through the streets, it takes me about twenty minutes to get…

Ciao da Firenze!

Life in Firenze thus far has been nothing short of a dream! Every morning I wake up and make coffee in my Moka machine—which I just recently learned how to use. I am surrounded by rich art and culture, as well as people willing to share their personal histories about life in Firenze. I live…