Ciao again! I recently wrapped up week three of my 6 week program in Florence, Italy. I cannot believe that this experience is halfway over and I am determined to make the second half of my study abroad program as amazing as the first half has been. This week was only a 2-day school week because Tuesday was a holiday ( I usually have class Tuesday-Thursday). For my Food, Wine, and Culture class on Thursday, we took a trip across the Arno river to a local pasta shop. They showed us how they make pasta by hand and we got to sample their spinach raviolis. I am not exaggerating when I say it was the best ravioli I’ve ever had in my life. I will definitely need to go back there to get a full meal.
On Friday, I took a day trip to Cinque Terre and it was one of the most gorgeous places I’ve ever seen. It’s located on the coast of the Italian Rivierre and it is made up of 5 towns (the name Cinque Terre translates to “five lands”). I hiked from one town to another and it was probably the most physically grueling activity I’ve experienced in Italy so far. I knew it would be a long hike, but climbing up the rough, uneven terrain of the seaside mountains for an hour and a half was not what I had in mind. I am so glad I did it though, because it was an adventure! Plus, the views from the hike were beyond worth it. When I reached the beach on the other side, I practically ran into the water. It was crystal clear and so refreshing. I also ate some of the delicious local cuisine: a cone stuffed with fried calamari. It tasted amazing.
On Saturday and Sunday, I went to Rome on an excursion with the school I’m attending, Florence University of the Arts. It was a LOT of walking and I definitely did not realize just how large of a city Rome is! I’m used to the tiny city center of Florence, where you can walk practically anywhere. This is not so in Rome. I can’t believe how many amazing, world-famous pieces of history I saw in just two days. The Colosseum was completely surreal and I got chills just standing inside of it. I also visited Vatican City, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, and so many mind-blowing, beautiful churches. I can’t explain how incredible it is when you see these monuments and buildings all your life in school textbooks, and photographs, and depicted in movies, and then you witness it in real life. Rome was a place I’ll never forget.
Here’s some footage I took from my visit to the Colosseum, which was probably my favorite part of visiting Rome. Experience it for yourself!