As I walked home after a fantastic day in Florence, I stopped for a moment in the Piazza Repubblica and truly just took everything in. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and the sun was just setting. As the carousel spun round and round, three Italian musicians were playing beautiful music. When I approached the square I heard a familiar tune, “What a Wonderful World.” I stood there for the entire song and it was one of my favorite moments in Florence so far.
The past two weeks have been absolutely amazing. I didn’t travel quite as much as the previous weeks but I discovered some fantastic things in Italy. My first weekend was spent close to home but one of the most fun filled weekends yet. On Friday, my roommates and I met up with some other API friends and took the short train to Pisa. We of course had to take about 100 pictures in front of the iconic leaning tower and then grabbed a yummy lunch. The next day my roommate Caroline and I had quite the cultured day and attended a private wine and cheese tasting! We tried the most amazing wine and cheese from different parts of Italy as this little old Italian man explained to us what they were in his adorable broken English. On Sunday, we went to a Florentine soccer game. To be honest this was one of my first soccer games ever and I must say it was unbelievable! My roommates and I of course had to represent Florence head to toe so we bought some gear and were game ready. It was so great spending the entire weekend in Florence because those are very few and far in between due to our travels!
Last weekend we had the pleasure of taking a trip to Venice and the Venetian Islands with API. This turned out to be one of the most relaxing and beautiful weekends yet. The weather lately has been absolutely stunning and we really lucked out this weekend with shining sun and no clouds in the sky! (Sorry to break the news but it doesn’t snow in Italy quite as much as Durham, NH). After a brief bus ride we took a private boat to Venice. Once we arrived in Venice we had a short walking tour and then had plenty of free time to explore on our own. We had a huge group of us so we split up and went on gondola tours and then had some local fried fish. I’m not a huge seafood person but I thought “when in Venice” and went for it! The whole “when in…” saying has basically become a staple for decision making here and it has not failed me yet! The seafood was incredible and the view was even better overlooking the water. The second day we traveled to the islands of Burano and Murano. These were some of my favorite places and I am already looking into going back soon. Burano is known for its beautiful bright colored buildings and Murano is known for its glass. They were both so quaint and I wish I could have spent more time exploring! We watched a professional glass blower and it was incredible!
This week and weekend is all in Florence so I’m so excited for what is to come! One thing that I am absolutely looking forward to is the arrival of my family! They’re coming in mid April and I already have a long list of activities and places to see. I cannot wait to show them everything that I have been up to this semester.
Grazie for reading! Ciao!