It is almost time to leave Italy and I can’t begin to express how sad this makes me! I have absolutely loved my time here and have fell in love with everything, from the people to the food, the scenery to the culture! This has definitely been one of the best experiences of my life and I am so happy that I chose to attend this program. On the trip I have been able to visit, Milan, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Imprunetta, Sienna, Ferrera, Rome, Vatican City, Venice, and last but certainly not least Florence! The experience I have had with the locals and the aww inspiring sights that I have seen have made this trip truly one of a kind. And as I am beginning to wrap up this trip I can’t help but point out how amazing the public transportation system is in Italy. I would not have been able to visit all of these cities if the transportation was not as great as it was. This astonishing feature of the Italy has reminded me of one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, industry innovation and infrastructure.
Compared to the United States, the European public transportation system surpasses all quality and accessibility of any feature of public transport in the US. The UN has stated that the motivation behind this goal is to, “Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all”. This is exactly what Italy, along with the rest of Europe has done! They have taken something that is so under utilized and under funded I the United States and made it something truly remarkable. Being able to hop from train to train at relatively low prices and go wherever you want is something that I am definitely going to miss back in the US. For example, back home if you want to travel from Tampa to Miami the easiest and most effective way would be to take a car and drive along the highway 280 miles. However in Italy, the easiest way to travel the same distance would be to hop on a train and be at your destination in less than half the time that it would take in a car!
The transportation here is truly remarkable and something I am definitely going to miss back in the US.