With only having class for two and a half hours a day, Monday through Thursday, I’ve had a lot of time to explore Florence and travel to other parts of Europe. I’ve learned a thing or two while traveling over here, and here’s what I’ve found:
In Florence, two of the things you must do when you visit Florence are to hike up to Piazzale Michelangelo and climb up to Cupola del Brunelleschi, which is the dome of the Duomo. Both allow you to see the whole cityscape of Florence and require quite a bit of walking, but the view at the top of both sites is breathtaking (although your breath might already be taken away after the 463 steps worth of stairs there are to climb the Cupola del Brunelleschi!). The Piazzale Michelangelo is free to hike and to see the view, but there are little food and souvenir stands for you to enjoy!
One of my expectations for this trip was to travel to places outside of Florence. There are several travel agency-type companies in Florence that arrange day or weekend trips to places in Italy as well as to countries surrounding Italy for a reasonable price. I have gone through the company Florence For Fun and visited Venice, Cinque Terre, and the Amalfi Coast (all super beautiful places in Italy that I highly recommend you visit!). With these trips, transportation and hotel accommodations are included in the price as well as some of the attractions you visit on the trip.
If you want to travel while abroad, I would recommend you to look into companies like Florence For Fun in the area you are staying in because they plan the trip for you and all you have to do is show up! It is very easy and less stressful than planning a trip on your own. I know this because one weekend, my friends I’ve met while studying abroad and I planned a trip to London and Paris, which was very exciting and beautiful to visit, but planning the trip took a lot of time and caused unnecessary headaches.
No matter where you might be studying abroad, I 100% encourage you to travel to other destinations, whether it’s before, during, or after your time abroad, to enrich the global and cultural virtues in you. I am so fortunate to be able to travel as much as I am, and I am so glad I’m doing so!
I have one blog post left after this one, so be on the lookout for it!
Until then, ciao!