After the first full week of school, CEA took us on a little day trip to Cinque Terre. The students who signed up to go met the CEA Florence staff at the Santa Maria Novella around 8 am.   From there, we hopped on the busses and drove to the first of the five cities that make up Cinque Terre. Once we got to Riomaggiore, we got on the local train that takes you back and forth to the 5 cities.   My friends and I took advantage…

A day in Florence is an art experience all on its own without stepping inside an art museum. I mean, there are lots of museums you can visit of course. A couple that I have visited are the Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze and Museo Nazzionale Alinari Della Fotografia. The Accademia is home to the famous Michelangelo sculpture “David,” among others of his works. The museum was beautiful and it should definitely be on your list of places to visit when in Florence besides Italy alone.  This room…

Allow me to introduce you to my bella Florentine home stay. My hope is that these photos give you a glance into my unique experience with an Italian mother, dog, and nourishing home away from home. Unintentional Theme: “Light” A radiant beam that so kindly greeted me home from school. And then there’s Pepe, always greeting me…. although he usually only wants a food handout. The kitchen/dining room area. The bathroom door sign that I’ve always simply liked. A neighbor preparing for the wonderful, sunny, flowery spring ahead. A photo I…