By Tierney Riccitelli, FFE 2015-16
After a face full of confetti that magically covers you from head to toe and gets in your mouth and inside your clothes, one could say that Carnivale is a wild celebration. In New Orleans, people lift up their shirts just to receive strings of beads to wear around their neck, but in Venice, you buy a bag of confetti and pelt people with it. Maybe you are like me and have determined what Carnivale is like based on Mardi Gras and the celebrations that take place in Rio and Otavalo, but this celebration is nothing like that.
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By Sarah Noel Rodriguez, MA 2015-16
November is quickly coming to end. Heaters are officially on, we’re already wearing our winter coats and scarves for the chilly and overcast days, and coffees taste even better when you’re cold. As we approach the end of the month, there is one thing that is definitely on our minds: Christmas! Soon, the city of Florence will be decorated with lights and nativity scenes, buildings and shops will be adorned with holiday cheer, and there will be Christmas trees in many of the piazzas. Soon, the atmosphere will be filled with the joy and spirit of the holiday season.
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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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By Allison Boyd, MA 2013-14
Every September 7th, on the eve of the Feast of the Birth of the Virgin Mary, Florence celebrates the Festa della Rificolona, or the lantern festival. Since Mary is the Patron Saint of the Church of Santa Maria del Fiore (better known as the Duomo), this is one of the most important feast days in Florence, and the lantern festival is the kick-off event.
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Planning on cooking a Thanksgiving meal in Florence with your fellow classmates? Need some tips on where to find a few ingredients for your recipes? Here are some ideas.
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