Best memory of your study abroad experience:
Alejandra: Going into the Colosseum in Rome during sunset. That was when it finally hit me that I was going to live in Italy for the next three and a half months. It was spectacular!
Anam: Standing in the Piazza del Duomo in Milan admiring the gothic detail of the Milan Cathedral while listening to a trio of musicians playing a beautiful melody on the flute.
One thing you wished you had known before coming to NYU Florence:
Alejandra: I wish I had known that cuisine in Florence wasn’t very diverse… I would have brought a lot more hot sauce!
Anam: The buses don’t run on time!
Something you learned while living in Italy:
Alejandra: I learned how to enjoy my entire day again. Whether it's eating breakfast, walking to school, or sitting doing homework. It can all be enjoyable if you simply take the time to breathe. Italians are rarely in a rush and this is something really loved about the culture.
Anam: Italian has many metaphors associated with food because Italians are very proud of their cuisine.
Something you didn’t get to do that you wish you had:
Alejandra: I wish I had been able to visit Naples and southern Italy. Every region in Italy is so different and Sicily is a lot more mediterranean than Florence. I would have loved to experience that.
Anam: I wanted to visit San Marino, a country within Italy with beautiful medieval fortresses
Your favorite word in Italian:
Alejandra: Allora- there is no direct translations. It means something like “Alright now…” or “Moving on…” and is said very frequently. I use it all the time now!
Anam: Chiacchierare (to chat)! It’s just a fun word to say.
Tiramisu or Cannoli?
Alejandra: I’m a cannoli girl. In my opinion, nothing can beat it. If you come to Florence you MUST try the cannoli from Caffe Neri.
Anam: Tiramisu; Cannolis are too sweet, but tiramisu has the perfect consistency of a melted marshmallow with a hint of coffee
Would you recommend studying abroad in NYU Florence?
Alejandra: Studying abroad in Florence is probably the best decision I have ever made, so, yes! Of all the cities I have been to this semester, Florence simply felt the most “European.” The art, food, culture are all so different from the States. Yes, the language barrier can be a little difficult for people, but I promise that it only enhances the experience. Florence is a small city with so much to offer. Even with my whole semester here, I have not seen everything. This place is flooded with secret treasures, you just have to go looking for them!
Anam: Absolutely! Florence is a mecca for history buffs, fashion lovers and foodies because the city is so rich in religious traditions, artistic relics, fashion and fine cuisine. Besides, living in Florence for a semester will make you feel as if you never left the Renaissance because the architecture is just breathtaking and so well preserved!