My name is Victoria Marino and I’m studying in Florence, Italy this Spring semester! Florence is the capital of the region Tuscany, and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance I’m attending classes at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and I’ll be staying in an apartment located in the heart of Florence, near the Ponte Vecchio. At USF I’m a third year Gerontology student. While I hope to continue to learn about aging in Italy, I will be taking mostly elective classes while here. I chose to come to Italy for many reasons. My family is from Italy and I felt that coming here would help me connect with who I am and where I come from. Italy is also a beautiful place with a fascinating history and culture. The school itself drew me in as well, as it is a school where I would be able to take classes that are outside of my usual area of study as well as get in touch with my own creativity. I took one semester of Italian before I left to help prepare myself for the trip, and will be studying the language in and out of the classroom while here as well. I hope to travel as much as possible this semester, and experience as many different things as possible. I am so excited for the next 4 months that lay ahead and can’t wait to tell you all about it!