You might not know that Florence is the center of the art world. It holds some of the most famous art works in all of history. It is considered the birthplace¬†of the Renaissance. Why would an art major choose any other city in Italy but Florence? For me, it is not just about being surrounded by the famous artwork, but how the Florentine people treat me. Florentines follow their passion when it comes to their careers. They embrace what they love to do and do it for the…

I encourage anyone who reads this to travel solo at least one time in Europe while you are here. It changes everything. I traveled alone twice while being abroad. I went to Paris and Lake Como. Both experiences were different, yet brought me closer to loving and discovering myself. It is very intimidating and scary to spend a whole weekend alone with just yourself. The motto I told myself while traveling alone was: “I am alone, but I don’t feel lonely”. Then it hit me, I did not…

After being in Florence for a semester, I have finally figured out how to feel like a local. I participated in a half marathon on December 8th in San Miniato, went to locations that only speak Italian, and ate at small local joints. I went to several different Christmas markets throughout Italy. My favorites have been the Florence Christmas market and the one in Verona Italy. If you study abroad in Florence, defiantly try the Central Market upstairs for lunch and dinner! They offer several different stands with…