Tuscania, Italy – My Happiest Place on Earth

By Kaylee Holt, MA 2015-16

In the summer of 2014 I had the privilege of living in the most beautiful place in the entire world – Tuscania, Italy. Contrary to popular belief, Tuscania is not actually located in Tuscany. It is located in Lazio, about an hour north of Rome. Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici has a campus in Tuscania located just inside the medieval walls, and I attended archaeological field school there for a month. Continue reading “Tuscania, Italy – My Happiest Place on Earth”

Exploring Siena

By Meredith Pollock, MA 2015-16

One of the advantages of studying in Florence is your proximity to the beautiful small towns of Tuscany. Siena, located about fifty miles from Florence, is just a short bus ride away and is full of activities for a day trip or an entire weekend. It is the perfect relaxing getaway, and while enjoying an aperitivo on the Piazza del Campo or exploring the Duomo di Siena you’ll already be planning your next visit!

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Freshmen Florence Experience Food Blogs

As part of the First-Year Seminar Prof. Joseph Campisi is teaching this semester on the Philosophy of Food, students are required to maintain a blog where they respond to weekly prompts.  Recently, they spent time in class discussing the physiology of taste, how our various senses, sight, sound, touch (mouth-feel), taste and especially smell come together to create our experience of the “flavor” of a particular food. They also discussed various conditions under which people come to like and dislike certain foods.

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La Viola: the Pride of Firenze

By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16

The spirit of football and team pride in ACF Fiorentina is strong in the beautiful city of Firenze. The passion for calcio (football) is alive and almost tangible when you are surrounded by the passionate tifosi (supporters) of the sport. In every single piazza, there is purple, red, and white. As you walk through the Central Market at San Lorenzo, you will see the bright flags, scarves, and posters that display the name of the club and the symbol of the city. Talking about the last match is common in most conversations and the phrase “Forza Viola!” is often said.

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