Italia, ti amo!

This week, I roamed around the streets of Florence, exploring and finding my way down the picturesque cobblestone streets. I have discovered so much street art along the streets, it’s become a pastime of mine to wander around like a kid on a scavenger hunt, looking for all the curious art I can find. Here are some of my favorite findings so far.

I also visited the Uffizi Gallery this week. My freshman year of college, I took an art and art history course, and it was by far one of my favorite courses I’ve ever taken. I gathered such an appreciation for art, and it truly changed the way I looked at art. So naturally, I was so excited to visit the Uffizi Gallery, a place that housed so many of the paintings I based my freshman year papers on. I had a list of all of the paintings I couldn’t miss, and I walked around the gallery feeling like a main character.

Me in my happiest state – surrounded by art!
Me admiring Venus, or Venus admiring me? The world may never know.

After a long week in Florence, I went to Milan this past Saturday with my friend. We saw so many sights, and Milan was absolutely stunning. We visited the Duomo, which is an architectural masterpiece. I could seriously look at it and appreciate it all day.

Then, we went to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. I know what it sounds like, why would you go to a Starbucks when Italy is full of local and incredible coffee shops? Okay, now let me explain. My friend and I are both baristas at Starbucks! The Reserve is where they receive, roast, and send out all of the coffee beans from around the world to the Starbucks stores. The Milan reserve is only one of five in the world, and it is the only one located in Europe. It was pretty cool to show it to all our coworkers and manager back home, and it was really interesting to see the exclusive pastries, sandwiches, and coffees that they have at the roastery.

Finally, we made our way to the Milan pride event taking place. I went with my friend to support her, as she is a part of the LGBT+ community and wanted my support. It was really fun to see so many different groups of people coming together, celebrating love in all of its forms. There was so much music, dancing, people dressed up in fun and cool outfits, it really felt like a community. There were so many people advocating and fighting for what they believe in, and it was truly a motivational and eye-opening experience.

Overall, this week was truly amazing. The food was so good, the art was incredible, and Milan was gorgeous. Unfortunately, we had to leave Milan earlier than we had anticipated because the heat was too intense and water during the parade was hard to find/access. Nonetheless, my day trip to Milan was so worth it and I am glad I got to see all of the sites that were important to me, as well as being able to support my friend.

Italy continues to capture my heart. Ti amo Italia!

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