2013 February


This is the inside of the Duomo, or Florence Cathedral.  The interior was designed using a Gothic style and includes a fresco on the dome that covers roughly 3,600 meters squared of surface. (sorry for the slightly out of focus photo, very low light conditions!) _______________ Tonight I had a very interesting opportunity.  Arcadia University […]


Right after we got into our hostel thinking it was pretty great… Until we looked up in the corner and saw the black mold seen below.  The “Hotel Sampaoli” is very close to the center of Florence, but wasn’t even close to meeting the reviews it had received online.  The hallways smelled absolutely horrible (so […]


This photo is taken from Giotto’s Campanile (bell tower) is directly next to the Florence Cathedral.  Climbing up the 414 steps gives you some amazing 360 degree views from a vantage point almost in the center of Florence.  The tower has been home to many bells over the last eight centuries, and it includes three […]

Piazzale Michelangelo

The Piazzale Michelangelo is famous mainly for the panoramic view of Florence that it provides.  It also includes a replica of Michelangelo’s David statue, constructed of bronze, rather than Marble. _________________ Not sure if it was the black mold in the room or something, but I woke up without a voice after sleeping in the […]


The Duomo, or Florence Cathedral (Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore), was built in 1296 with a Gothic style set to mimic another popular cathedral of the time.  The actual construction of all components of the complex took roughly 140 years to complete, but the actual external facade of the building wasn’t completed for 600 […]


Our dessert from the Lazio feast.  This consisted of multiple kinds of biscotti’s, along with a few other pastries.  The other Italians at our table told us to try them dipped in wine, rather than Coffee (what most Americans think). ________________ For those that might think study abroad is a breeze, there are still exams. […]


The Lazio countryside


It’s pretty crazy how many different kinds of prosciutto Italians eat.  This plate was part of the Antipasti course, along with cheeses, breads, beans, and bruschetta.


These are a lot better than anything you’d find at Starbucks… Fresh made less than an hour ago. _________________ Today we spent almost the entire day trying to plan a few trips.  Schedule is as follows so far: Florence – February 9th and 10th Barcelona – February 14th – 17th Dublin – February 27th – […]


The Abbey of Farfa originated in the late 600’s.  The Abbazia di Farfa belongs to the Benedictine Order.  There is a large cathedral in the middle of the Abbey that contains remains of the original buildings constructed in the area, along frescos depicting different historical events.  The monks who have lived in the Abbey over […]


Tough to have a bad day when you have almost 360 views of this while eating a multiple course day. ________________ Sorry for the delay of the next few posts – I’m having a few technical difficulties with my external hard drive.  It’s basically preventing me from uploading new photos off my camera. Sunday morning, […]


It’s interesting to see how Rome is intertwined with the old and new. __________ Today was a relatively gloomy day weather wise.  After a short downpour in the afternoon, Andrew, Grant, and I decided to try and figure out the metro system and head over to the Vatican.  The metro here is not only very […]


Via del Ostiense by night.  This is the major street connected to our apartment. ________________ First week of intensive Italian finished!  We’re moving very rapidly – or espresso (as our book clearly states on the cover).  Having taken a few years of French, I am able to pick up on grammar and words a lot […]