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FIT in Florence

Venice Through My Lens.

November 12, 2017 by Miyah | 0 comments

11 Novembre 2017 @ 10:30 AM


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.!


Best Wishes,

Miyah from FD1




November 5, 2017
by Melissa

Where do you shop & eat in Florence? A Guide to Shopping Like a Florentine

There are many things that come to our minds when we think of Florence.  Brunelleschi, the Ponte Vecchio, prosciutto, wine, Michelangelo’s David, Gucci, vintage markets – especially the vintage markets.  In fact, the entire shopping scene in Florence is a fashion student’s dream.  In Oltrarno, I have been able to find the dreamiest vintage stores and open markets.  The Mercato di Santo Spirito, just a few streets away from home and the Ponte Vecchio, has become a personal favorite of mine.  Here you’ll find locals and, thankfully, a very small amount of tourists, perusing through the second hand clothing stands (which are many), the vintage books of Pinocchio and Donatello, record shops (usually where the younger crowd gathers), paintings, jewelry, and so on.  By the end of my study abroad, I’ll be able to include“enhanced bargaining skills” on my résumé.

Before moving, many of my family members told me that I was going to come back home five pounds lighter, since Italy is known for its natural produce.  They failed to mention the numbers of pasticcerie that crowd the streets, displaying the freshly made tiramisu on their windows; the gigantic gummy stands at the mercato, selling every kind of gummy candy you ate as a child; and the entire idea of “aperitivo:” pay for your €6 drink and help yourself to the elaborate, all-you-can-eat buffet. I am doing everything but losing weight here.  

But for the days I feel the need to maintain a healthy skin complexion, I visit my favorite green market stand – Mauro Frutta Primizie.  The photo below says it all.    

It’s, actually, not very hard to feel at home here in Florence.  With just a walk down Piazza della Repubblica on Thursday mornings to pick out fresh flowers for my apartment, one ought to be immediately content.  I’ve noticed it’s the little things that make Florence so warm and homey.  It is easy to tell why Italians are so welcoming.

Thank you for reading!

Melissa x

October 28, 2017
by Isabella

Look Up

Ciao a tutti,

For this week’s post, I am sharing some of my favorite architecture so far in Florence.  As I mentioned in our collaborative post, after first arriving we heard advice from local Florentines saying “in Florence always look up.”  The city has layers and layers of history which are evident throughout the streets and buildings, telling a story of the people who used to live here and the movements which took place, sweeping through the city.  Examples of this history can be found in details all over, many of which might be missed if you don’t look up.  Below I have collected pictures of beautiful ceilings from all over Florence, where the beauty is so overwhelming and consuming.  A key factor in creating this ambiance is the ceiling and how it contributes to completely immersing you into the environment.

Having just finished midterms, these past two weeks seemed non stop with projects, exams, and everything else going on in life.  With focusing on one class to the next making sure you get everything done on time, it is easy to get caught up in daily and weekly tasks.  Before you know it, it is the end of October and first semester is more than halfway over!  One of the things though which I am learning and appreciating from Florence, is going a little slower and taking in all the beauty around you.  Sometimes I need to be reminded of this and aspects of the city such as these ceilings get me to stop and take everything in. Something you can do wherever you are in the world, but is especially beautiful in Florence. 🙂

A presto,