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Studying abroad in Italy brings one predominant thought to mind: food. I have yet to find myself sick of Italian cuisine, and instead find myself frequenting the same spots with each passing week. With too many options to explore, I am sharing my favorite picks around Florence: Ristorante Nuti Though slightly touristy, Ristorante Nuti is a crowd pleaser. We have shared our love for Nuti with other CEA students who have since added the ristorante to their list of repeated eats. An extensive menu, reasonable prices, and delicious…

After an exciting day at school, CEA student, Braden, takes a short walk to the nearby grocery store to get fresh produce for his dinner. With only a five minute walk from school to the store and back home, Braden gets home and begins to cook a classic Italiano dinner for his friends. Dinner is served on one of the many private apartment terraces CEA gives to the students, overlooking the sunset and all of Florence. Wow. Produced by Patrick Casey. Music by Animals in the Attic Patrick…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Florence

With the semester in full swing, I can finally say with confidence that it will be a great one. Though the weekends are filled with travel, weekdays are consumed with class time and a new reality of life as a Florentine. Before I came abroad, I was uncertain about daily routines. After being here a month, I can see that every course of mine brings immense promise: Beginning Italian Beginning Italian is a challenging class for those of us with no experience with the language, but it’s balanced…

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Florence is the perfect place to marvel at the wonders of Michelangelo and Donatello. Yet, what happens after you have seen the David, the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore or walk through the Uffizi Gallery? Well, the +39 does not stop there. Although there are more and more renaissance masterpieces waiting to be noticed, another, more modern form of craft is just around the corner. “L’arte sa nuotare” or “Art Knows How To Swim” is a series…

Rome, Italy is one of the oldest, most beloved cities in Europe. Its beautiful art, architecture, and culture continue to drive tourists and students to visit in droves and once there, visitors never run out of places to go or see. Here are ten lesser known facts about the Eternal City. Enjoy! 1. SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” or “The Roman Senate of People.” While exploring Rome, you will see the acronym at various points around the city, including engravings on many public monuments and structures. SPQR stands as the municipal symbol…

study abroad, studying abroad, study abroad in Florence

The moment I stepped off the plane in Florence, I felt an immense appreciation for this new culture of which I am only beginning to understand. Such an appreciation only continues to grow with each passing day. With every new turn, and with every new panini, I continue to expand my list of what I know I’ll miss when I finally return home 15 weeks from now. As with any untried adventure, however, whether it is leaving for college or studying abroad, there are always a few aspects of…

In just over a week, Florence has quickly offered some of the most memorable food a student could dream of. Without walking more than five minutes from a perfectly fan-conditioned apartment, we found ourselves at the doorsteps to the some of the best food in the world. The 39 (Area Code of Florence), is a perfect place to try some of the best food the world can offer at an insanely cheap price. For those who want to keep their pockets and stomachs full, Voglia di Kebab is…

Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris, France. That was the first time my feet had ever touched foreign soil, I remember that moment vividly because of how scared I was. Perhaps this sense of fear was amplified by pure exhaustion from the the overnight international flight and the airline coffee that was doing its best to keep me awake, but there I was, completely alone in a country that didn’t speak my language and where no one even knew my name. The first thing I did after I…

Italy is known for its food culture, so I came to Rome with high expectations. Let me assure you, all of those expectations were exceeded with flying colors. After spending over four months living on a diet of pasta, pizza, and gelato, I can testify that the food in Italy is the best in the world. From the cappuccinos at the café near the CEA center to the fresh produce at the market across the river, my taste buds were always more than satisfied.   Italians do food…

A weekend trip to Venice is just one of the many events CEA planned for us, check out this video to see some of the fun we had in this beautiful location! Alexandra Harbour is the Spring 2016 CEA MOJO Photographer in Rome, Italy. She is currently a junior at the Providence College.