A little while back I posted a blog about climbing up St. Peter’s Dome. My words and few pictures could not do justice to how breathtaking the walk is. I went up St. Peter’s Dome once again to film for this video. I hope this does St. Peter’s more justice! Enjoy! Have any questions or comments? Let me know in the comments section below!   Olivia Ferri is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Junior studying Business Management and Theology at…

Now that I have returned from my study abroad, I have been getting a lot of questions about the experience. Sometimes, the questions can be very repetitive. I figured the best way for me to share all of the basic and best information is in a blog post. Keep reading for some of my highlights! Which Program Did You Choose? CEA Rome: Theology and Religious Studies What Classes Did You Take? Italian (occasional class trips) History and Theology of the Papacy (always in-class) New Testament in the Eternal…

So you’re interested in studying abroad in Rome. That’s awesome! I’m sure a bunch of questions are going through your head like: “What are classes like?” “Will I be stuck in a classroom for all of my classes?” “Will we go on any field trips?” etc. Well, I put together this video from my study abroad experience to give you a taste of just how fun classes can be abroad! Enjoy! Olivia Ferri is the Fall 2017 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a Junior…

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…

Italy is known for it’s art. I am an art major, but I wanted to focus more on the architecture and placement of things. This series of photographs come from a school field trip that took place in Rome and the Vatican. We went to several different churches and buildings and the Colosseum. I can not wrap my head around how someone could build these incredible structures. I hope you enjoy these photographs, and I hope they do justice to how incredible and beautiful these places are in real…

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Rome is a beautiful city with sites to see around every corner. Before I left, everyone loved to tell me that I could live in Rome my entire life and still not see everything. I finally believe them. In an effort to see as much of Rome as I could (and to maybe catch a sneaky glimpse of the Pope walking in the gardens), I decided I would take the trek up to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. After paying my 6 euro to get in, I…

My typical day might be very different from other people’s you follow on social media. I put together pictures and short clips of how I start my morning to how I typically end my night. I included my favorite places where I normally grab food two or three times a week and of course a ton of gelato. I hope this gives you insight into how I live my daily life in this beautiful city called Firenze. Haley H. is the Fall 2017 MOJO Photographer and international intern in…

Here at CEA Florence, I am taking a class about the Food and Wine Culture in Italy. Our class had a field trip to Modena which is in the Amelia Region. This is where you can ONLY find Parmigiano Reggiano because it is only allowed to be made Modena. We got to learn about the whole process and how tedious it is to create Parmigiano Reggiano. The cheese must age for one year before it can be inspected to be passed as Parmigiano Reggiano. After that, it must age…