My favorite view in Florence is the view of the Arno (especially during a sunny day). Luckily, I get to walk back and forth across the bridges each day, and I always stop to admire the river and beautiful Florentine architecture.
My first dinner in Florence! Lunch or dinner at Gusta Pizza is a must! People say it is the best pizza in the city, and although I do not have much to compare it to yet, I was not disappointed. Plus, I give them extra points because they shape your pizza into a heart!
I live in Piazza Santo Spirito, and this is the main church I see every day on the square. It is called Basilica di Santo Spirito and one of these days, I want to go inside.
I had so much fun on the CET excursion to Castello di Verrazzano! We toured the wine cellars, had a delicious meal, and did some wine tasting. This picture is of the view of the castle’s historical rival.
My favorite gelato thus far has been Sbrino Gelatificio Contadino. Their dark chocolate, pear, and red apple flavors are so delicious. Although those fruit flavors seem funky for gelato, they are a must-try!
My friends and I enjoyed a nice stroll along the Ponte Vecchio after classes one day. The views are stunning, and there are so many pretty jewelry stores to choose from if you are in the market for some gold pieces!
Italy has inspired me to cook! I am not a huge chef at home, but all the fresh ingredients at Italian markets as well as my Food and Culture class has made me want to prepare more meals for myself… they are nutritious and delicious!
Last weekend, I explored Basilica Santa Croce with my roommates. There is gorgeous art all over the basilica, some pieces dating back almost 800 years. I cannot wait to learn more about Italian art in my classes this semester.
One of my favorite pastimes in this city is wandering the streets. All the buildings are so beautiful and full of history. One of the best parts about Florence is its walkability – public transport is limited, so walking around allows you to get to know the city quick!
My favorite façade in Florence has to be the entrance to the Duomo. The artwork and architecture are incredibly intricate and colorful. I am super excited to tour and climb the Duomo on a CET excursion in the coming weeks!