Written by Angela, High School/Pre-College Student Correspondent for CET Florence: Italian Food, Art, and Society, Summer 2019
My days in Florence, Italy have been filled with happiness and memorable moments. I love rolling out of bed in the morning and getting ready for the day. I sit in our living room with a window open to allow the morning breeze to drift in. I usually end up finish up my readings or any other school work that is needed for that day. Afterwards, it’s time to head on to school so I grab my books, get a snack, pack my water, and I’m out the door. Walking across Ponte alle Gracie is my favorite part of each morning. I will never get tired of looking over my shoulder to see the magnificent Ponte Vecchio. The view is breathtaking and is something I’ll definitely miss when I have to go back home.
The classes included in this program have been so interesting and very enjoyable. This week has been my favorite by far since we have been focusing on the beautiful artwork of the renaissance. After class we have been taking trips to multiple museums to show us how life was during the time period of the renaissance. My favorites so far have been Palazzo Vecchio and The Uffizi. I have been mesmerized by the pieces that hang from the walls and the sculptors that stand strong and tall. It’s beautiful to see the aging of the art. They have been around since the 13th centuries and ongoing. That is truly amazing. The same stories are told over the years but each artist has their own interpretation.
Later on in the day we usually go back to our apartment and either finish our homework or just hang out for a bit. When it comes to the evening we usually make dinner or go out to eat together which can be fun when you go with either choice. Evening strolls and gelato are always something fun to do. Exploring new parts of the city with a cold treat in hand is the way to go.
Throughout this time studying abroad I have made great friendships and learned so much. I hope to return to Florence soon to share the stunning places that this city has to offer with my loved ones. This program has brought me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to go out and try new things. I’m hopeful that I could get more opportunities like this in the near future and continue exploring the world.
Learn more about this summer program: Pre-College at CET Florence: Global Perspectives