Climbing up to Piazzale Michelangelo
Oh, Florence, Where do I begin? Your beauty, cuture, art? An we can’t forget about the gelato. Let’s just start with my first week. At first, I will admit, I was extremely nervous, but I kept telling myself that the feeling in my stomach was excitement. Although, I have lived away from home before, I was never a six hour time difference away. It does take some getting used to, but after a few days, and major jet lag, you adjust and finally immerse yourself in everything Italy has to offer. I’ve always lived in a small town so the fact that I could walk anywhere is great! I even managed to find my way around and visit the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or Saint Mary of the Flower.
My first week consisted of starting classes and included walking tours almost every day to historical monuments around the city. We even hiked up to Michelangelo’s Square (see above) which had the most beautiful view of Florence.
After a full week of classes, it was time to head to Venice! We wandered through St. Marks Square, and even saw glass blowing in Murano. Visiting the Guggenheim Collection in Venice had to be one of the highlights of my weekend. This week has been filled with so much adventure already and I’m only getting started. I can’t wait to make the most of my time here. I’m ready to learn, grow, and experience something new everyday.