In and Out of Italy

After many weeks of nonstop traveling city to city, I was ready to settle down and recuperate. I took an overnight train from Wien Westbahnhof to Bologna Centrale and went straight to my friend’s apartment in the center of town. She’s currently studying abroad at the University of Bologna, so she was able to give…

Ciao Italia! Si avrà sempre un posto nel mio cuore.

My eight short weeks in Italia were incredible. Before moving to Italy, I had never even been to Europe, and that transition was a challenging, yet such a rewarding experience. I truly miss traveling every weekend, the charming cities, the unbelievable meals, and most of all – all of the great friends I made there. From my very first week, I had gone…

Sono innamorato di Venezia

Ever since I was twelve years old, I have dreamed about going to Venice, Italy. I saw the movie The Italian Job and I absolutely fell in love with the city. The Italian Job is still one of my favorite movies – Charlize Theron, Aston Martins, and Venezia – What more could you ask for? I saved my favorite Italian…

When in Rome…

Rome was essentially a giant self-led history tour, and in just a couple of days, my friends and I managed to visit nearly every major destination. Through the scorching heat and the random flash floods – we came, we saw, we conquered. A couple of us arrived Friday evening, and we reluctantly agreed to wait until the following day to start exploring with the full group. On Saturday we…

Amalfi Coastin’

Day 1 – Capri: My roommates and I left Florence late Thursday night and arrived in Sorrento around 2am. We sluggishly checked in to Hotel Spicy (great name) and immediately passed out for our long first day ahead. All morning and the majority of Friday afternoon was spent commuting. We walked through town, down to the port, and then sailed across to the island of Capri. From…

Apennine Colossus

Before I left for Italy, a few places were suggested to me that I had to visit when I was living abroad. My brother suggested that I visit (and Instagram) the tumblr famous, Apennine Colossus at Villa di Pratolino. I researched online and eventually found out where it was located. I tied my sneakers, grabbed my camera,…

Viareggio, Lucca

Ohh how I missed the ocean. After class, my roommate and I decided to take a train to Viareggio in Lucca. Unfortunately, there were some technical issues with our first train and we were immobile for a bit – but luckily we met Matteo, an adorable and extremely helpful local from Viareggio. He assisted us in booking a new…

Carissa in Caparsa

Happy 4th of July? Instead of celebrating with copious amounts of subpar beer, I celebrated by visiting one of the most beautiful wineries in the Tuscan region of Siena, Azienda Agraria Caparsa. Caparsa can be found in Radda in Chianti, a small town composed of arguably some of the best wine in Italy. We arrived by bus…

A Piece of Pisa

I am the biggest tourist abroad. My professor once corrected me by suggesting that I use the term traveler, but who am I kidding? I am most definitely a tourist. I walk around with my camera around my neck, I’m constantly glued to my map navigating new roads, and yet I still ask locals, “Scusi, dove é ____?” But, in Pisa… absolutely everyone in sight is a tourist. It…

San Gimignano e Siena

After a few weeks in Italy, Accent arranged a guided excursion to San Gimignano and Siena. San Gimignano was exceptionally beautiful – There were stunning panoramic views, adorable shops, talented artists, great people, and an all around wonderful atmosphere. Unfortunately, we did not spend nearly enough time there as I would have liked. Luckily, just a few weeks later, I…