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…

On September 7th, just 4 days after arriving in Italy, CEA took us on an amazing excursion to Castello di Verrazzano, which is located on a hilltop outside of Florence in the Chianti Classico region. It took about half an hour to get there on our bus, going carefully around the ridiculously skinny, winding, and precarious roads of Tuscany. Castello di Verrazzano We started out in the gardens of the Castello, where our tour guide, Gino, told us to listen to the wild boars that live all around…

A student blogger from Loyola Marymount University, CEA student Nick P. recently concluded his June program in Florence – a reality that has both him and us saddened (we’re no good at goodbyes!). As final testimony to his adventure abroad, Nick crafted a final blog post wrapping up his overall experience in Florence, and has kindly decided to share it with us here, on CEA’s home turf. Take a look… “My stint in Florence has sadly come to an end and I could not have picked a better…

            As I’m sitting here helping my friends pack for their flights home, I can’t help but think about the whirlwind semester I just had. It’s hard to believe that I’m leaving in just 24 hours; the time has gone so fast! I can honestly say that studying abroad was one of the best things I’ll probably do in my life and it’s been an invaluable experience.             In just four months I’ve accomplished things I never thought I’d do in a million years. I successfully traveled through…

If I had to choose one thing that I liked best about my semester abroad in Florence, it would have to be the food! Real Italian food is actually quite different than the Italian food you find at Olive Garden, and I’ve enjoyed trying the authentic versions of my favorite Italian meals throughout the semester. Let’s start with breakfast, shall we? For breakfast, it’s common to stop by a bar (aka coffee shop) and enjoy a pastry and a hot drink at the counter. This particular morning I…

CEA Florence took us on two other excursions to Siena and Assisi. It was great to get out of the city for a little while and explore some smaller, more traditional Italian towns. Siena’s Duomo was my favorite cathedral we visited over the course of the semester. Loved the black and white stripes! Snow in Siena! We snacked on some giant Tuscan grapes in the Piazza del Campo, where they have horse races twice every year. In Siena, we took our time and spent the majority of it…

La bella figura, or “the beautiful figure,” is a philosophy that most Italians live by. It isn’t just about maintaining a healthy body type; it’s about the way you behave and present yourself in public. One way (and probably their favorite way) Italians like to live up to this philosophy is through fashion. There are quite a few differences between Italian and American fashion. In America, it is not uncommon to visit a college campus and see most students wearing baggy sweatpants, hoodies and sneakers or flip-flops to…

I have another video for you this week! Not quite as snazzy as the last one, but it’ll do. Loren BentonCEA MOJO in Florence