Italy: The Dos and Don’ts of Weekend Trips

I chose to study in Milan largely because of its proximity to other European cities and access to a well-connected airport. Last week, I visited my friend Belle, who had moved to Brussels at the beginning of the year to work as an au pair. As I planned this trip and my upcoming excursions this…

Italy: Meeting Milan

Hello! This semester, I am studying International Relations and Italian in Milan. My classes don’t start until September 17th, but I’ve been using these weeks to attend orientation, perfect my Italian, and explore my new home. My university, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, partnered me with a current student before I even arrived in Italy,…

Leaving Italy

After spending six wonderful weeks in Italy, it was finally time to return back to the States. To say I was sad, would be an understatement. Never again, will I have the opportunity to live in a different country and embrace myself into the culture. Although my study abroad trip was on the shorter side,…

Italy: Public Transportation While Abroad

A learning curve while studying abroad definitely consists of using public transportation. Our first few days in Rome consisted of walking 30+ minutes to campus and the downtown area several times a day- very tiring if you couldn’t guess. After a few days, we were taught how to use the trams! The trams bring us…

Pasta, and Wine, and Bread! Oh my!

Okay y’all. I am absolutely obsessed with Florence so far. The culture, the scenery, the nightlife, the people, and the FOOD. The food is so serious. This blog post is about food if you did not guess already. So here is a PSA: Do not read this if you are hungry! Graphic images may disturb…

Italy: Think Small (Reflection)

When I came to Italy, I became an idiot. The first night I arrived, my host sister could hardly eat her spaghetti because she was chuckling so hard at the incorrect way that I twirled my pasta. Over the first days, I said “yes” consistently to questions whose answers were definitely not “yes or no,”…

Italy: Top 5 Amalfi Towns to Visit

As my trip winds down like the hilly streets near my soon-to-be-no-longer home, I have been trying to soak in as much of Southern Italy as possible. With Campania being the most densely-populated region in Italy, it’s harder to choose what cities to visit than it is to choose what flavor of gelato to order….

Italy: Live Like a Local

For my program at l’Accademia Italiana in Salerno, I have class from 9-1 each day, followed by excursions to local museums and lectures in the afternoon. I love being busy (and it has kept me from being too homesick), but I also don’t have time to do day trips to cities further than an hour…

Italy: Expectation vs. RealITALY

I’ve seen pictures of the Amalfi Coast on the Instagram profiles of nearly every travel blogger I follow. The pastel villas and turquoise waters seemed to be straight out of a luxury perfume ad, so I came ready for my month-long study in Salerno with the classiest outfits I could fit in half of a…

Ultimate Guide to Three Major Italian Cities

Italy is a large country with many different parts. Each region in Italy differs from the others. With all these different regions, it can become overwhelming to decide which Italian destination you should visit. While these three destinations obviously do not represent the whole country, I thought I would break down a couple popular cities…

How to order at a restaurant in Italy like a local

It’s no secret that Italian cuisine is some of the best in the world. Prior to studying abroad in Italy this semester, I have never been to Europe. I was naïve enough to believe that restaurant etiquette and the experience would be similar to that of America. I was clearly very wrong. In this post…