Welcome parents, friends, prospective students, and FIT fans! We are the FIT in Florence Study Abroad Blog here to give you a bit of insight into life in Italy as an FIT student. Over the course of the year our bloggers post about day to day life, events, and their own personal perspective as to what Study Abroad is to them.
Ciao da Firenze! A month into the semester and we are getting ready to start sharing our Florentine memories and inspirations through the FIT blog platform!
Within these first few weeks of getting settled in and into a schedule, I have gotten a taste of Florence and am looking forward to expanding on my experiences so far. The city’s energy is rich with history, art, and culture, which I am trying to take in and appreciate as much as possible. One of my professors said “in Florence, always look up,” the architecture is beautiful and filled with details, such as on the roofs, the buildings, and around the windows, etc. and it’s the little things like this which I have been appreciating so far about the city.
The sound of coffee cups clinking against saucers as you walk by cafes, the smell of warm pastries, bread, and focaccia floating through the air with the sound of Italian rolling off the tongues of people enjoying the late summer/early fall days….. These are a few of my favorite things and I look forward to seeing what else this semester has to offer with FIT in Florence. 🙂
Ciao! It’s Miyah! It’s almost Week 7 that I’ve been living in Florence, Italy! It has truly been great and challenging at the same time, these past few weeks. Although I am still adjusting and getting used to this new life, I wouldn’t trade this chapter of my life for ANYTHING else. I am also super excited for the FIT blog to start!
I wanted to approach my point of view on studying abroad in Florence in a different way for this first introduction post, by sharing my Top 3 Moments/Highlights (for the sake of time)!
- Siena and San Gimignano
A hot summer day spent in the steep streets of Siena and San Gimignano, is a day well spent! I loved the family-oriented vibes, mini parades, cool vintage vendors and of course, gelato!
- Scandicci Design Lab
I am a fashion design major and a lot of my time is spent in sewing studios and labs. I have three out of seven classes, (Design Studio I, Materials and Construction and Textiles for the Fashion Designer), that are held at the Polimoda Scandicci Design Lab every week. I can say I spend about 20-23 hours a week at the Design Lab. I mean who wouldn’t? It’s beautiful, calm, clean (most of the time) and very sleek.
- Academic Trip to Paris – Christian Dior Exhibition Yes, I know this is NOT in Florence, but had I not been studying abroad in Florence, I would’ve never been to Paris to see this magical exhibition. Words do not do justice for how amazing and perfectly curated the Christian Dior Exhibition was. I will never forget this experience.
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
— Mary Oliver
3 Things I Plan To Accomplish
1) Become fluent in Italian
2) Develop the next level of craftsmanship with sewing and draping
3) Successfully ending my first and second semester with greater knowledge on fashion,
art, history and design
That is all for now folks! Ciao e grazie!
The days of dreaming of living in Italy have finally come true. Not just any city in Italy but the one filled with the most history, art, and culture – Florence. And it still doesn’t seem real when I walk down the streets and I see the Vespas running with full speed, the cheese man outside of his shop gossiping with the neighbor, the fruit and vegetable stand selling the sweetest figs and juiciest grapes. It’s something about the way of life here that makes it seem as if you have stepped into another world – one where the clock does not exist and everyone lives in perfect harmony. It’s true what they say about studying abroad – it changes you completely, forever almost. And I can already feel myself becoming a whole new person.
I’ve taken up an apartment on the other side of the river, the Oltrarno, where locals frequent the delicious artisanal restaurants, and there is an abundance of small specialized shops. The best part of living on this side, though, is crossing the Ponte Carraia every single morning on the way to class, when the sun is coming into full glory and I can spot the Ponte Vecchio just one bridge down. Although I said the dream of living in Italy has come true – it still feels like I’m dreaming.
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