If I Had One More Day in Florence

Sep 1, 2017 3:30:00 PM / by Irene Kanthan

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Emily_Kearns_Column_Profile.jpgWords by Emily Kearns, a CAPA Florence study abroad alumna. Emily will be writing a column called "Remembering Florence" on CAPA World the first Friday of every month.

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I often find myself thinking of my semester in Florence and all of the memories that were made in that wonderful city. I mean, it’s kind of hard to not think of it when I talk to students every day about study abroad! I daydream about my walks around the city, the amazing views, and of course- the delicious food. In this month’s post, I wanted to share the things I would do if I went back to Florence for just one more day.

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If I had one more day in Florence, there’s no way I would be able to fit everything in that I wanted to do, but I would sure make the most out of the day. I would start the day off by heading to La Loggia degli Albizi for a cappuccino and some breakfast. This café is located right near the CAPA center so I went here many mornings before class, or sometimes in between classes if I needed an extra boost of energy! After getting my morning dose of caffeine, I would go to the CAPA Florence center to say hi to the wonderful staff.

I would then go to the Duomo and climb the bell tower. I didn't do this during my time in Florence and it's one of my biggest regrets, so I'd make this a priority in the morning before it gets too hot out!

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I would spend a lot of the day walking through the different piazzas, and down any streets that spark my interest! I’d wander through Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signorina, then it’d be just about lunchtime! I would go to All’Antico Vinaio to get a delicious sandwich that’s just about the size of my head, and I’d find somewhere nice to enjoy each bite of it.

After lunch, I would wander around the Uffizi Gallery, then make my way towards the Santa Croce area, which is where I lived! I would of course walk down Via de Macci and check out the apartment I lived in and afterwards, I’d cross the Ponte alle Grazie to see a great view of the Ponte Vecchio and snap some pictures.

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At this point, I’d probably be quite tired from all the walking, so it’s time to start relaxing! I would now head to Boboli Gardens, wander around, and take a seat somewhere in the grass to admire the beautiful views for a little bit. After getting in some quality relaxation time, I would then walk over to Piazzale Michelangelo to snag a seat on the steps and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city. While admiring the beautiful sunset, I’d probably shed a few tears as the memories of my semester abroad would come flooding to my brain, but I’d have to pull myself together before dinnertime!

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After the sunset, I’d walk back over Ponte alle Grazie and view the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno river at night, then go to Il Pizzaiuolo—my absolute favorite restaurant in the city. I’d either order the gnocchi alla sorrentina or a classic margherita pizza—it’d have to be a game-time decision. Either way, I know I’d savor each and every bite of whichever dish I chose.

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To end this picture perfect day in Firenze, I’d probably take a stroll by the Duomo and through some of the piazzas one more time. After all, Florence is a pretty small and walkable city! After taking in the views and reminiscing again, it’d sadly be time to call it a day.

Though there’s so much more to do in Florence, if I could go back for one day and do everything I just talked about I would be one happy girl!

Thanks Emily!

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Topics: Florence, Italy, Goals Abroad