This year, I had the privilege of returning to Italy for a second study abroad experience. I also studied in Florence last year, but as my first experience on my own in a foreign country, I had difficultly feeling comfortable. After reentering Florence for the second time this past June, I was hit with a gust of nostalgia. I remembered where my favorite gelato shops were, and I knew my way around confidently. By the end of my trip, I did not want to leave! Last year, I had felt very homesick, and although I loved Italy, there was no place like home. This year, Italy became my home, and now, I desire even more travelling around Italy and the world.
Cinque Terre, or “Five Lands,” consists of a beautiful beach and scenic view. This is one of my favorite sites; I highly recommend taking the hike to experience the full beauty!
I was reunited with my friends whom I met in Florence last year! It is so exciting to hang out with local Italians!
I LOVE Venice! There’s just something about being surrounded by water that feels so Italian to me! The gondola ride is cute, but make sure to have a group of five or six since the boats are expensive.
When in Rome! The Coliseum was probably my favorite part of Rome.
I also went horseback riding in Tuscany! Unfortunately I could not get a picture of myself since I was too focused learning how to ride a horse for the first time!
I was reunited with my Art Restoration professor from last summer! He was like everyone’s adopted Italian grandfather!
Lastly, here are my creations from my Sculpture class this year! I took one of the cups home with me. Unfortunately everything was very heavy so I was unable to bring it all.