Appartamento Ricerca/Apartment Searching


Okkk, this is a touchy, and quite interesting topic in the city of Milano. I was told how I would have to search for an apartment independently once I arrived in the country. I myself have never searched for an apartment in New York, so the thought of doing this in a foreign language and country, nearly scared the shit out of me.

The first three weeks when I first arrived, university still hadn’t begun, as the holiday time is quite here is diverso, different, from that in the United States. But, my program had us take Italian lesson every morning during the week, and we then had free time in the afternoon to apartment search. In the meantime, we all lived in the dormitory of the university.

I wanted an apartment, I wanted to experience not living in a dormitory under tons of silly rules, and I wasn’t about to just let a language barrier stop me. I made phone calls, looked on tons of different websites, etcera, etcera. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, I didn’t know the zones of the city very well, it’s impossible to within three weeks! 

Once I asked a landlord, "Quale pianta?" instead of, "Quale piano?", meaning I asked him which plant, when I meant to ask what floor the apartment was on! Hilarious, I know, laugh your ass off, because I definitely did after that silly moment. In my defense, we had watched a scene of a film with Sophia Loren that day in Italian class, and the scene involved plants, ha.

The point is, I ended up taking an apartment not very vicino, close to school, and with an older women, when I had wanted to live with other young students. I should have never doubted myself, I felt rushed, overwhelmed, and I was in “I love everything about Italy” mode. So recently I re-began my apartment search, and it completely sucked. I was about ready to throw in the towel, and I said ok, maybe I should post my own ad and let the people come to me.

And not even within 24 hours, I got tons of emails and phone calls! I have been extremely fortunate this time around, and have met truly nice people, and I have a hard decision now about what apartment I would like to take. They are all a lot closer to school, and with people of my own age. I am mai, never, second-guessing myself again, because at the end of the day my instincts will always be right. You live, you learn, that’s what being young is for, correct? And with that, I am posting a truly beautiful video of Milano entitled Milan Dreaming by Franceso Paciocco, grazie, thank you to my friend Sydney who originally shared it! Enjoy!

P.s. I would love to hear about any interesting apartment searching stories!

Also, check out Francesco's website. There are some other interesting videos, as well as photography.




Appartamento Ricerca/Apartment Searching


Okkk, this is a touchy, and quite interesting topic in the city of Milano. I was told how I would have to search for an apartment independently once I arrived in the country. I myself have never searched for an apartment in New York, so the thought of doing this in a foreign language and country, nearly scared the shit out of me.

The first three weeks when I first arrived, university still hadn’t begun, as the holiday time is quite here is diverso, different, from that in the United States. But, my program had us take Italian lesson every morning during the week, and we then had free time in the afternoon to apartment search. In the meantime, we all lived in the dormitory of the university.

I wanted an apartment, I wanted to experience not living in a dormitory under tons of silly rules, and I wasn’t about to just let a language barrier stop me. I made phone calls, looked on tons of different websites, etcera, etcera. I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, I didn’t know the zones of the city very well, it’s impossible to within three weeks! 

Once I asked a landlord, "Quale pianta?" instead of, "Quale piano?", meaning I asked him which plant, when I meant to ask what floor the apartment was on! Hilarious, I know, laugh your ass off, because I definitely did after that silly moment. In my defense, we had watched a scene of a film with Sophia Loren that day in Italian class, and the scene involved plants, ha.

The point is, I ended up taking an apartment not very vicino, close to school, and with an older women, when I had wanted to live with other young students. I should have never doubted myself, I felt rushed, overwhelmed, and I was in “I love everything about Italy” mode. So recently I re-began my apartment search, and it completely sucked. I was about ready to throw in the towel, and I said ok, maybe I should post my own ad and let the people come to me.

And not even within 24 hours, I got tons of emails and phone calls! I have been extremely fortunate this time around, and have met truly nice people, and I have a hard decision now about what apartment I would like to take. They are all a lot closer to school, and with people of my own age. I am mai, never, second-guessing myself again, because at the end of the day my instincts will always be right. You live, you learn, that’s what being young is for, correct? And with that, I am posting a truly beautiful video of Milano entitled Milan Dreaming by Franceso Paciocco, grazie, thank you to my friend Sydney who originally shared it! Enjoy!

P.s. I would love to hear about any interesting apartment searching stories!

Also, check out Francesco's website. There are some other interesting videos, as well as photography.




Firenze/Florence!


Firenze! Cosa posso dire di Firenze? What may I say about Florence? There are so many things to say about this city. It is only an hour and forty-five minute train ride from Milano. Milano is in the region of Lombardia, Lombardy. And Florence is Southwest of the city, and in a different region, Toscana, Tuscany.

Although, not a far train ride away, it seems like a totally different mondo, world. It’s as if one has been transported back in time, enchanting and charming with it’s cobblestone streets (that unfortunately do a number on the feet without proper shoes), and old-fashioned appeal.

This was the second part of the trip, and we decided to spend three days here. This is the land full of tourists, I went back in October with my program, and although it was Christmas time, it was the same amount of tourists. It is a beautiful city, which is considered to be the founder of the Renaissance.

Grazie, to my lovely friend Gabriella who currently studies in Florence, for recommending tons of amazing things for my family and I to do. Ponte Vecchio was of course an immediate activity, and it’s a must! It was once a meat market, but however was changed into a gold market, as the royal Medici family, who once ruled, did not care for the scent, which could be smelt in the corridor at the top. This corridor was used for the royal family walk from Palazzo Vecchio, to their new palace Palazzo Pitti.

In the shops along this street you can find sparkling diamonds, cameos (it’s one of the many things Italy is known for), Medici coin jewelry. I walked by the windows, back and forth drooling over all the shining objects, after all diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Even if you can’t afford something from one of these shops, it’s fun to look, if you want to buy something it will cost you a pretty penny, errr I meant euro.

Palazzo Pitti is another must see, it is straight across from the Ponte Vecchio. It was once a palace of the Medici family, and of course is now a museum. Within this Palazzo, Palace, there is the Giardino di Boboli, a breath-taking garden with the best views of the entire city. The museum inside the palace has an exhibition in honor of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy; it was nice to see different artists from various regions of the country. There are many other museums within this palace, such as the Porcelain museum, and there is a costume gallery as well.  We spent hours walking around, in-awe at how something so massive could’ve been constructed long ago.

Another must see that we visited was of course Duomo, one must never go a day without seeing a church in this country! We enjoyed having a walk inside. I also giggled at how I got “shushed” over a megaphone in several different languages; SILENZIO! They also had a nativity set up for Christmas. Church getting festive!

We also visited Galleria dell’Accademia, which is on Piazza San Marco. The famous David sculpture is there, I remember learning about it in art history, thinking it was kind of just another sculpture. When I saw it in person, I was beyond impressed. No photo does this sculpture justice. There is so much respect, and also astonishment that I have for Michelangelo, how someone could’ve carved that from a block of stone I may never know.  Other sculptures in this museum are “The Slaves”, which were originally supposed to be created for the Pope’s tomb, but the Pope decided that Michelangelo should focus on the Sistine Chapel.

Meaning these particular works are unfinished, but I found them more appealing as opposed to something more refined and perfected. They were interesting, and allowed the viewer to see how Michelangelo worked as an artist, as well as the process he began with. Ok I’ll stop babbling! Basta! All in all, we had a ton of fun. And I could definitely visit Florence many many times and discover something new, such a beautiful city, filled with endless amounts of art. Here are some photos.. 


 Ponte Vecchio 


 Taken from Ponte Vecchio at night!


 Another


 Mio fratello e io


 The carousel in Piazza della Repubblica


 Another



 Someone's door to their house, I thought it inspiring!


A view from the Boboli Gardens


 Another


 Inside of Duomo

Nativity inside


A crucifix inside


Duomo from the outside


 Davide at the Galleria dell'Accademia

For more info about the places we visited.. have a look at these various links! They give students that study within the European Union a discount at all of the historical places.
http://www.uffizi.com

 http://www.firenzemusei.it

http://www.duomofirenze.it/

Firenze/Florence!


Firenze! Cosa posso dire di Firenze? What may I say about Florence? There are so many things to say about this city. It is only an hour and forty-five minute train ride from Milano. Milano is in the region of Lombardia, Lombardy. And Florence is Southwest of the city, and in a different region, Toscana, Tuscany.

Although, not a far train ride away, it seems like a totally different mondo, world. It’s as if one has been transported back in time, enchanting and charming with it’s cobblestone streets (that unfortunately do a number on the feet without proper shoes), and old-fashioned appeal.

This was the second part of the trip, and we decided to spend three days here. This is the land full of tourists, I went back in October with my program, and although it was Christmas time, it was the same amount of tourists. It is a beautiful city, which is considered to be the founder of the Renaissance.

Grazie, to my lovely friend Gabriella who currently studies in Florence, for recommending tons of amazing things for my family and I to do. Ponte Vecchio was of course an immediate activity, and it’s a must! It was once a meat market, but however was changed into a gold market, as the royal Medici family, who once ruled, did not care for the scent, which could be smelt in the corridor at the top. This corridor was used for the royal family walk from Palazzo Vecchio, to their new palace Palazzo Pitti.

In the shops along this street you can find sparkling diamonds, cameos (it’s one of the many things Italy is known for), Medici coin jewelry. I walked by the windows, back and forth drooling over all the shining objects, after all diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Even if you can’t afford something from one of these shops, it’s fun to look, if you want to buy something it will cost you a pretty penny, errr I meant euro.

Palazzo Pitti is another must see, it is straight across from the Ponte Vecchio. It was once a palace of the Medici family, and of course is now a museum. Within this Palazzo, Palace, there is the Giardino di Boboli, a breath-taking garden with the best views of the entire city. The museum inside the palace has an exhibition in honor of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy; it was nice to see different artists from various regions of the country. There are many other museums within this palace, such as the Porcelain museum, and there is a costume gallery as well.  We spent hours walking around, in-awe at how something so massive could’ve been constructed long ago.

Another must see that we visited was of course Duomo, one must never go a day without seeing a church in this country! We enjoyed having a walk inside. I also giggled at how I got “shushed” over a megaphone in several different languages; SILENZIO! They also had a nativity set up for Christmas. Church getting festive!

We also visited Galleria dell’Accademia, which is on Piazza San Marco. The famous David sculpture is there, I remember learning about it in art history, thinking it was kind of just another sculpture. When I saw it in person, I was beyond impressed. No photo does this sculpture justice. There is so much respect, and also astonishment that I have for Michelangelo, how someone could’ve carved that from a block of stone I may never know.  Other sculptures in this museum are “The Slaves”, which were originally supposed to be created for the Pope’s tomb, but the Pope decided that Michelangelo should focus on the Sistine Chapel.

Meaning these particular works are unfinished, but I found them more appealing as opposed to something more refined and perfected. They were interesting, and allowed the viewer to see how Michelangelo worked as an artist, as well as the process he began with. Ok I’ll stop babbling! Basta! All in all, we had a ton of fun. And I could definitely visit Florence many many times and discover something new, such a beautiful city, filled with endless amounts of art. Here are some photos.. 


 Ponte Vecchio 


 Taken from Ponte Vecchio at night!


 Another


 Mio fratello e io


 The carousel in Piazza della Repubblica


 Another



 Someone's door to their house, I thought it inspiring!


A view from the Boboli Gardens


 Another


 Inside of Duomo

Nativity inside


A crucifix inside


Duomo from the outside


 Davide at the Galleria dell'Accademia

For more info about the places we visited.. have a look at these various links! They give students that study within the European Union a discount at all of the historical places.
http://www.uffizi.com

 http://www.firenzemusei.it

http://www.duomofirenze.it/

La mia famiglia ha visitato!/My family visited!


La mia mamma e mio fratello, my mother and brother, came to visit me after Natale, Christmas. We did two days in Milano, and then off we went to Firenze. It was actually really enjoyable to be their guida, tour guide; I got to show them what I loved about this city.

Of course, sul primo giorno, on the first day, we did Duomo, walked around La Galleria, had a delicious meal outside. They tried what Milano is famous for in cuisine “Risotto alla Milanese”, they loved it. Tell me, what could be wrong about saffron and risotto?  They loved the atmosphere around Duomo, which surprised me. It’s very touristy and filled with people, but I could understand why the enjoyed it. It's interesting to watch all the different people that walk by.

I took them to the famous store “La Rinascente”, which is the Italian version of Saks Fifth Avenue, Arco della Pace, a beautiful arch in Parco Sempione, Castello Sforzesco (don’t ask me to pronounce that per favore) which is the castle adjacent. And lots and lots of la cucina italiana,  Italian cuisine. Next post will be about Firenze! Here are some photos..


 La Rinascente on the left with lights for the holidays!


 Il Castello
  
 In the courtyard of Castello Sforzesco

 
 Mio fratello e io in Parco Sempione! He looks happy, huh? You can see the Castello in the background.


Arco della Pace

 
For more info about the different places we visited here are some links.. 

http://www.milanocastello.it

http://www.rinascente.it

Don't worry they have an English option on the site! Once again, buon anno a tutti! Happy New Year to everyone!