During one of our academic field trips, we had the opportunity to visit Venice during La Biennale di Venezia – a very cool concept exhibition where artists from all over the world are invited to participate in a space where they can turn any corner into a workshop. The notion behind this is that, being open to the public, anyone can see the artists hard at work – be, perhaps, inspired by the things that inspire the artists themselves, where anyone can take a look behind the artist’s mind. We saw everything from the exchange of a memory to a stranger, eerie transformed books, to geometrically shaped lamps. Some of the works caused giggles, to me especially. I am sure you can understand that after seeing Michelangelo’s David, contemporary art can then be seen as a little… bizarre.
During the time we weren’t visiting museums, costume ateliers, or mask workshops, we were off exploring every single alley that are so characteristic of this city, where you never thought that buildings that are, truthfully, at the edge of decomposing could be thus charming. Other Venetian landmarks like Caffe Florian – the oldest caffè in Venice since 1847, The Hotel Daniele, and the Teatro La Fenice will have you experiencing what living in 18th century Venice was like.
The academic trip only lasted two days, which was certainly not enough to discover Venice, but no one was upset about returning to the warm Tuscan sun.
“La vita e´una combinazione di magia e pasta” – Federico Fellini
The above quote by Federico Fellini describes life pretty well I believe, life is a combination of magic and pasta. Seeing the world through cuisine and food is something definitely worth indulging in during study abroad. For this blog post I wanted to share 6 of some of my favorite pastas I have had throughout Italy so far which made life magic. Cooking is definitely an art but eating it is an art as well and I have enjoyed trying different types of pasta all over the country. Another great thing about eating out in Italy as a student, especially Florence, is the access to amazing restaurants/trattorias, etc. which are affordable,and a nice relief compared to the prices in New York City. With affordable prices and some of the best food you will ever eat, do as Federico Fellini and enjoy the magic of life through pasta!
After a 2 ½ hour train ride, 3 professors and 28 FD students, including myself, have arrived in Venice, for a short overnight trip! A couple weeks ago, I’d seen a few of celebrities riding around in gondolas in Venice through some of the blogs and as I stepped out the train station, I had one of those ‘Am I Really Here’ moments! It was surreal that I’m now in Venice!
Venice is the capital of the Veneto region, in Northern Italy. It is built on a series of small islands in the Adriatic Sea. Being in a city that in certain places appears to be built on land, but actually built on water, was very interesting and scary at the same time. No cars, no roads, no buses, no mopeds, no bikes. This was another way of living and for two short days I am glad I was able to experience this. It forced me to put my mental GPS thinking cap on and use a map and figure out my way to maneuver in the city.
Despite the cold weather and fog during the trip, I was able to capture some good shots during my days in Venice!
Generator Hostel – I think this is the best hostel I’ve ever been to. The food, music, furniture, people and staff were amazing. After a long day of touring around, upon returning to the hostel, there were a lot of people downstairs in the lobby on their laptops working, reading, talking, enjoying dinner. It was a lot of positive energy at this hostel! And, the décor is beautiful.
Basilica Santa Maria Gloriosa (Frari) – One of the greatest churches in Venice! Very beautiful full of amazing works of art, monuments, sculptural and wooden works, and pictorial images.
San Marco – A very populated area with great views of the gondolas and canals as you walk over the bridges!
12 Novembre 2017 @ 8:30 AM
Taking a walk – I wake up very early, between 5:30 – 6:00 am, and nothing changed in Venice! I prepared myself for the day and headed down for breakfast and had some spare time to walk around near the hotel to take some pictures
Biennale – A beautifully curated, emotion-evoking, inspiring and very unique exhibition. Our great tour guide, showed us the French, American, Russian, Belgium and Japan exhibition. Each building has an artist’s work from that specific location.
Venice, was AMAZING! If we had the opportunity to stay longer, I would’ve definitely walked around more to learn about the city, culture and take some more pictures!
As we head into the last few weeks of the semester, good luck to all prospective students with applications, final exams, term garments, projects etc.!