Photos by Esme Rios, (University of Wisconsin), Student Correspondent for CET Florence, Summer 2022
A few miles from Vinci—Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthplace—this gorgeous beach was our CET paradise for the day. The mountains framed the sea perfectly and the restaurant on the beach was amazing.
This picture is from the Amalfi coast, just a few hours from Florence. While the city can get a bit hot and crowded in July, the island makes up for it with its breathtaking views.
Italy is surrounded by beautiful seas. I highly recommend traveling to them while in the country.
While in Amsterdam, I was craving truffle pasta which I couldn’t find, so I settled for this pizza. It was sadly less than dull in comparison to Florentine pizza, but the restaurant was beautiful.
I took this picture on a visit to the Van Gogh museum. He called this “My Little Yellow House”. It’s where he lived in Arles and where he painted his famous bedroom and sunflowers, as well as a chair he gifted to one of his painter friends who was staying with him. It’s one of my favorite paintings of his.
One of the perks of studying in Italy is that it’s so close to so many amazing countries. I hopped on a quick two our plane ride to the Netherlands and was able to visit the Van Gogh museum. On that day they were giving a free workshop on the ground level where we imitated an artist whose name I can’t remember and who loved landscapes and color as Gogh did. Her art mainly dealt with geometric, simple shapes. Here was my painting!
This was taken in the Medici Palace. I was absolutely floored by the grandeur of their art collection.
Cibreo cafe is a must if in Florence. It was my absolute favorite place to to work and enjoy a cream-filled croissant and dopo espresso for under €3.
If you’re ever feeling homesick, Artigianale has really good iced coffee and avocado toast! They also have a veggie burger that is out of this world.
This is one of the many cute cafes in Florence. Their macarons and limoncello spritz are two things I still think about.