Photos by Shivali Halabe, (Cornell University), Student Correspondent CET Florence Spring 2022
I spent my first few days in Florence exploring the city, and I had to capture this scene over the River Arno! I cross the far-off bridge, Ponte alle Grazie, on my way to class.
CET organized a field trip to Castello di Verrazzano, a winery in Greve in Chianti. We tasted four different wines over a delicious homemade lunch.
My roommate Lexi and I climbed 463 steps to reach the top of the Duomo before sunset!
The Duomo is 114 meters tall. Its lookout offers a bird’s eye view of Florence, centered around Giotto’s Bell Tower.
My apartment is very close to Palazzo Vecchio, Florence’s town hall. Its entrance has Austrian frescoes on the walls and the Putto the Dolphin statue in the center.
My friends and I love visiting local markets and admiring the beautiful displays. We saw many colorful leather goods at Loggia del Mercato Nuovo last weekend.
I visited the Uffizi Gallery, and I was mesmerized by the dramatic poses of the sculptures in the Niobe Room.
While walking to the gym, I pass through the Piazza della Signoria, where the Fountain of Neptune is located. This piece was originally commissioned by the Medicis.
The best place for a Florentine sunset picnic is the Piazzale Michelangelo! You have to brave a lot of stairs, but the sights are definitely worth it.
I took a day trip to San Gimignano, where my roommate Valeria and I climbed the 54 meter tall Torre Grossa for this view of Tuscany’s landscapes.