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10 Great Places to Eat as a Student in Florence

Nov 13, 2018 3:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

After studying abroad and eating his way through Florence this semester, Connor compiles a list of 10 of his favorite places to eat in the city. From grabbing a panini on the go to eating some of the best gnocchi in Florence, check out these recommendations!

Florence is filled with so many amazing places to eat. Nobody has the same exact favorite places because there are just so many to choose from. Regardless, in this blog post I am going to list my personal 10 favorite places to eat around Florence. This includes all types of food, from nice restaurants to gelato shops to cafes. I will give you an inside look at what food I think is the best in Florence, and, to me, what are some of the best in the world.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food in Florence, Food in Italy, Food Abroad

A Day Tour in the Tuscan Cities of Siena and San Gimignano

Oct 31, 2018 9:42:20 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor takes advantage of another CAPA excursion and goes on a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano, discovering sights like the medieval baths, trying the world's best gelato, and learning more about the local traditions of these two Tuscan cities. 

Ciao! This past week CAPA invited all of its students here on a day trip to Siena and San Gimignano. Transportation was already paid for and we were even provided with tour guides. It was a no-brainer to go.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Field Trip, Local Culture, Activities in Florence, Activities Abroad

Midterms and Academics at the CAPA Florence Center

Oct 23, 2018 11:15:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor compares his school life and classwork at CAPA Florence to that of his at University of Pittsburgh back home in the US.

Ciao! This past week was midterm week for me and my peers at CAPA, so it was a week full of studying and tests. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about classes while studying abroad. In this blog I am going to discuss classes, teaching styles, assignments, and the tests a typical CAPA student might get while abroad.

A main difference about class structure I have had here compared to the University of Pittsburgh is the length and occurrence of my classes. At the University of Pittsburgh, and most universities in The States, classes meet 2-3 times a week for either 50 minutes a class or for 75 minutes a class. In Florence, my classes are once a week and they meet for 3 hours. There is usually a 15-minute coffee break in the middle of each class as well. This was certainly different than what I am used to back home. It can be difficult to stay focused class for 3 hours consecutively, but it is nice because each student generally only has one class a day. The rest of your day can be spent catching up on work or exploring the wonderful city of Florence.

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Posted in: Academics Abroad, Florence, Italy, Classes in Florence, International Education

Meeting Italian Students through CAPA's FriendMe Program

Oct 16, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor highlights a CAPA Florence program called 'FriendMe' in which local high school students from Florence meet with CAPA students and swap stories about what it's like to growing up in Italy vs the US.

Ciao! I just got back to my flat from one of the best experiences I have had so far while studying abroad. Set up by CAPA, I was able to meet and hangout with local Florentine high school students with my peers. The program is called 'FriendMe'. This was an amazing way to meet locals around my age and make new friends.

I was initially kind of nervous about the program. I did not know what I had in common with students from Florence. I know very limited Italian so I did not even know if we would be able to understand and talk to each other. However, these concerns went away very quickly.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, My Global City, Local Culture, Activities in Florence

3 Weekend Destinations That are Just a Short Train Ride from Florence

Oct 13, 2018 10:42:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor highlights three great places to visit that are a easy train ride away from the CAPA Florence Center.

Ciao! Since being in Florence, I have been to so many historic sites and places within the city. However, one of the many great things about living in Florence is the accessibility to travel to different locations in Italy. It is easy to do day trips or weekend trips without spending too much money on transportation. Buying train tickets is simple and quick process. I have purchased tickets at the train station or bought them online beforehand. I would recommend buying tickets online beforehand just to look at different prices and train times, but either way is easy.

Since being in Florence, I have traveled to Venice, Lake Como, and Livorno Beach. All of these places are close to Florence, so the trips were not too expensive and we did not spend too much time on the train.

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Posted in: Day Trip, Transportation, Travel, Florence, Italy, Must Do

5 Myths About Studying Abroad in Florence

Oct 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

In this week's post, Connor uses experience so far on his CAPA Florence program to debunk some myths you may have heard about studying abroad in Italy.

Before coming to Florence to study abroad, I had a lot of pre-conceived ideas about what my time here was going to be like. These notions came from my own head, what I read, or what other people told me they thought it was going to be like. After being in Florence for about a month, I realized a lot of these ideas were just myths. I am going to debunk some common study abroad myths in the following post:

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Posted in: Activities Abroad, Top 10, Study Abroad Myths, Florence, Italy, Activities in Florence, Tips, Accessibility Abroad, Practical Study Abroad Advice, Travel

My Global City: 'Secrets of Florence' Tour, Hikes, and More!

Sep 25, 2018 4:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

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Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor recaps his experience participating in CAPA Florence My Global City events. From discovering secret facts about historical Florence during a guided tour, to hiking a mountain at sunset, follow along on his Italian adventures!

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One of the best things to take advantage of in the CAPA program are the My Global City events that CAPA organizes. A My Global City event is an activity such as a boat ride around Florence, tastes of different eateries, or a hike to certain hot spots in the city. These events allow the students to discover more about their new city and meet new people along the way. These pre-planned and well-organized events take the stress out of trying to plan something fun to do, as all that is required from the students is to sign up. This past week I was lucky enough to go on two My Global City events. Both events helped me to see the beauty of Florence while learning more about the city itself.

Historical Plaque on Building in FlorenceAn example of the plaques people used to write on buildings around Florence to communicate with their friends!

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Posted in: My Global City, Florence, Italy, Activities in Florence, Activities Abroad, Travel

Living Like a Local in Florence: Embracing Differences and Adjusting Accordingly

Sep 18, 2018 12:30:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor shares the differences he's observed between his Florence apartment and apartments he's had in the US, as well as what he's doing to adjust to living like a local.

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Living in a flat in Florence has been a completely new living experience for me. While there are many aspects of the living situation that are different, the setup of my apartment is standard compared to my apartment back home. It has 2 bedrooms, a common area, a bathroom, and a kitchen. It is slightly small but has all of the necessities a person needs.

My BedroomEach room has 2 people living in it. Each person gets their own desk and dresser as well!

There are several differences in appliances and utilities in Florence, or the lack thereof. The first is that there is no clothes dryer. We have a drying rack and lines outside our rooms to hang up our clothes for us to dry. I was slightly concerned before coming to Florence about how this would work or if it would ruin my clothes. However, after washing and drying my clothes for the first time I realized it is not as big of a deal as I thought.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Accommodation Abroad, Cultural Differences

Orientation Day in Florence and Learning About the City

Sep 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor sets off on his first day in Florence through a CAPA orientation and tour of the historic city.

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Arriving at the CAPA center on the day of my arrival in Florence was surreal. After the exhausting travel and long hours on the plane I was finally in Florence and ready to start my journey. The CAPA building looked beautiful and the CAPA staff greeted me with open arms; they made me feel right at home immediately.

Stepping Out in Florence

On orientation day I was able to find the CAPA Florence center from my apartment, which is a beautiful 10-minute walk passing countless markets, restaurants, and stores. The CAPA staff walked us through different tips for adjusting to living in a different country and being in a new environment. We discussed stereotypes American students get while in Italy, and how to avoid being a part of the negative ones. We want to be respectful to both the Italian people and culture while we are staying here.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Orientation

Preparing for a Semester Abroad in Florence

Sep 4, 2018 3:00:00 PM / by Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone

Connor McGlone is an official CAPA blogger for fall 2018, sharing his story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Marketing and Supply Chain Management major at  University of Pittsburgh, he is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Connor shares some pre-departure thoughts and how he prepared for his semester abroad in Florence.

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I am officially less than a week from arriving in Florence, Italy! The reality is finally starting to set in that I am going to be living in Italy for an entire three months. I am certainly nervous to find my way around, deal with the language barrier, and have to cope with missing all of my close friends and family, but I know there is so much more to be excited about. This will be my first time ever being in Europe and I plan on making the most of it. I cannot wait to experience the culture there, to try new foods, and to see all of the historic sites throughout Italy. Even though I am only taking four classes while I am there, I have a feeling I will learn more this semester than I have learned any semester in college.

Connor holding passport

I have done so much to prepare for this semester and I would like to share some of those things with you now. The first thing I did when I was preparing was reach out to fellow students who also studied in Florence. This was incredibly helpful to me as these students were able to give me a variety of different tips for places to visit, restaurants to go to, and even what classes to take. I let them talk for hours (they all loved reminiscing on their time in Florence so it was not hard for them to talk for hours) while I just listened and took notes. By the end of it I had pages of different tips that they gave me! Now I feel so much more comfortable going to and living in a different country and it just got me more excited for my trip after hearing them talk.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Predeparture & Study Abroad Preparations, Study Abroad

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