Regional Flavors of Italy – Valle d’Aosta

By Alessandra Bianco, MA 2013-14

Next in our series is the region of Valle d’Aosta. Your Marist Italy Blog editor visited this tiny region in the northern part of Italy over the weekend and absolutely fell in love. With breathtaking views of the Alps and castles galore, what’s not to love? But if you visit, what should you eat? Read on to find out…   Continue reading “Regional Flavors of Italy – Valle d’Aosta”

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Siena: More than just a Day Trip

By Jordan Beatty, MA 2014-15

Siena is one of Italy’s most charming Tuscan cities, and it is not to be missed during your time in Florence. It is a walled, Medieval city known world-wide for the famous Palio – a horse race that takes place two times every summer. In the heart of the city you will find Il Campo, the main piazza where locals and tourists alike come to spend the afternoon, people watching and enjoying each other’s company.

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When I Met Italian Nobility: A Brief History of Via del Giglio 6

By Emma Montross, MA 2014-15

As a Masters Student with an interest in history, I often find myself wondering about the history of the buildings in which I study and work. Who lived here before? Is the function of this building today the same as it was in the past? What does that symbol on the wall or the exterior refer to? Did a formerly powerful and famous person live here? It is fun to speculate what could have been, but after staring at the Bartolini Salimbeni stained-glass crest (pictured right) almost every day when I come into the Marist office at Via del Giglio 6 to work, I realized I had the means to find out about the history of this building, and could not pass up the chance to finally find something out.

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