Photos by Valerie Yager, (Vanderbilt University) CET Florence, Spring 2018 Many apartments in Florence are much older than the average apartment back in the U.S. This means lots of quirks and stunning details like this huge window in the bedroom of the apartment CET assigned us. Bright paint adds a unique touch to our apartment complemented by the gorgeous views and natural light out our windows. My roommates and I quickly find lots of cafes, panini shops, and leather stores just outside our apartment. Florence is an extremely walkable city. This gorgeous street was unusually quiet. Bikes, vespas, and people normally crowd the narrow streets. My roommates standing in front of the same street after enjoying some delicious paninis! A small bookstore near our apartment caught my eye. There’s a lot of small locally owned stores that sell everything from books to coffee to leather bags. This is Pino’s, one of our favorite restaurants so far. The owner is incredibly nice and the paninis are incredible. Meeting local people has made Florence feel more like home. Hannah and Catherine enjoying exploring the amazing architecture and designs featured on the Basilica di Santa Croce, just a few meters from our apartment. This statue was created in 1865 to commemorate the 600th anniversary of Dante, and stands in front of the Basilica di Santa Croce.