Archive for August 2015

Forza Viola! Attending a Fiorentina Match

Soccer, known as futbol in Europe, is Italy’s most popular sport. A trip to a futbol match is a must for anyone looking to soak up an energy filled cultural experience unlike any I’ve witnessed in the United States. This past weekend I attended a match between Fiorentina and Milan and had a blast cheering…

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How To: Grocery Shopping in Italy

While a huge part of traveling or studying abroad is soaking up local culture and sampling as many restaurants as possible, one of the best ways to save money while studying abroad is to cook for yourself. Your first trip to an Italian supermarket may seem intimidating, so here are some of my tips to…

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Moving Into Your Italian Apartment

I have now successfully moved into two apartments in Florence. If you are studying abroad or plan on moving to Florence, here are some of my tips, tricks, and observations so you know what to expect when you get your keys. Most Apartments Are Furnished Particularly for study abroad students, much of your furniture will…

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A Day Sailing the Cinque Terre

During the month I studied abroad in Italy, one of my trip highlights was a day trip to Cinque Terre, an experience I consider an absolute must for anyone traveling to Italy. However, if you have a bit more time in town, or are looking to experience Cinque Terre from the sea, then this day…

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Beat the Heat: Florence in August

Florence is many things. Beautiful, charming, historic. However, in August, Firenze most definitely is hot and humid. For this reason, many Italians close up shop and vacate the city during this month. However, if, like me, you find yourself in Firenze during August, you will have one priority, staying cool. Here are my best tips…

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How to Survive an International Flight

Long international flights can often drain your energy before your trip has even started. Since I just flew from Chicago to Florence, here are a few of the ways I stay refreshed and arrive ready to go after a long international flight. Comfort is Key For some people comfort means a tee shirt and sweats.…

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8 Simple Steps to Pack Like a Pro

Today is the day! I’m heading out to Florence in just a few hours, and have packing on the brain. Though packing may seem life the most stressful part of a trip , here are some of my best tips to get your trip off to a good start before you have even reached your…

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What to Wear: How to Dress in Italy

  Trying to predict what you should wear in a different country can make packing seem like a daunting task. Here are some of my tips to make deciding what to bring a snap, keep you looking cute, and avoid screaming, “I’M A TOURIST” while traveling. Neutrals are your best friend One of the easiest…

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Top 7 Reasons to Study Abroad in Florence

In honor of my returning to Firenze in just seven (SEVEN!) days, here are my top 7 reasons to study abroad in Florence! You will drink all the wine Situated in Tuscany, Florence is home to some of the most notable (and delicious) wines in the world. A day trip to some of the local…

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