10 Restaurants and Cafes to Add to Your Culinary Quest in Florence

Jul 11, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah recommends 10 restaurants and cafes in Florence she's enjoyed dining in and also dishes on the food and atmosphere at those establishments.

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As a new online blogger, I recently learned what a “Top 10-style blog” is. So, naturally, I’ve wanted to make one about my favorite Tuscan meals in Florence! My brother came to visit me for about a week and we tried out all of Valentina’s favorite restaurants. Valentina, a staff member at CAPA, walked us through the hotspots in the city on a map, and we embarked on a culinary quest. I also have this tendency of getting up early and camping out at cafes where I enjoy the atmosphere, to read or write or complete assignments, so I’ve listed a few of my favorite cafes here as well.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Hannah Hardenbergh - Views of the DuomoThis city is full of good food and places to dine in!

1. La Loggia degli Albizi

I had the best cappuccino at this café for sure. In Europe, it is custom to only get a cappuccino or latte in the morning, as it is a heavier beverage than say, an espresso. So, a cappuccino is almost like a snack if you order it after breakfast (but don’t order it after 12pm!). It is common to order an espresso or macchiato after any meal, though.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Top 10, Food in Florence

Taking Art Classes in Florence is a Dream Come True

Jul 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts major at University of Colorado - Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Allyson writes about fulfilling her passion and practice of art in a prominent and historic art city like Florence.

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My favorite class here in Florence this summer by far has been my drawing class. I love art, which is why I picked it up as another major. I am so passionate about my art and so getting to practice my art in the art capital of the world was just a dream come true.

Ponte Vecchio ArtworkTrying pen and ink drawings of the Ponte Vecchio.

In the class we got to not only explore art practices in the classroom and studio, but we also took outings all around the city to explore and find sculptures to base our drawing on. It was a great way to practice our techniques and also a way for us explore the wonderful city that we are in. Jaime was our professor and she did a wonderful job. She was so passionate about everything, including whatever she taught us, that it always made us more interested in the topics. She was always someone I enjoyed listening to.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Academics Abroad, Art Abroad

Adventures Outside Florence: Cinque Terre

Jul 5, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah shares about the time she recently spent in Cinque Terre and what it's like to be spontaneous in new places.

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Ciao! As I sit on a train back to Florence from a day trip in Siena today, I can’t help but reflect on my adventures so far in Italy and consider the value of branching out, engaging in a new experience, and exposing oneself to new surroundings, both cultural and environmental. Being present and willing to stumble upon beauty (instead of searching for something in particular) has led me to many exciting moments during my trips in and out of Florence. I decided to try to do an activity in each place I went to; I hiked between the coastal towns of Cinque Terre, “The Five Lands,” I biked in the breathtaking mountainous terrain of the Dolomites in northern Italy, and, due to extremely good timing of my travels, I got to see a historical horse race in Siena today. While it may seem obvious that traveling exposes one to new experiences and excitement, I wanted to share my perspective on branching out.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Hannah Hardenbergh - Corniglia from AboveCorniglia from above.

This post focuses on the value of having a non-plan and being present. While I get to share with you the beauty of the places I’ve visited, I also get to emphasize the value in engaging in my surroundings in social and physical ways. Having grown up in a family with a very active lifestyle, I love working out. It makes me feel happier and as a student-athlete, I really enjoy endurance training like long runs and bike rides, especially when there’s a destination. So, I knew that my love for sport and the outdoors could lead me towards new experiences in Italy as well.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Activities Abroad

A Cooking Class and Bonding Experience in Florence

Jul 4, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes

Allyson Barnes is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An Anthropology, Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, and Studio Arts major at University of Colorado - Boulder, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Allyson attends a My Global City cooking class with her roommates in Florence and learns how to make Italian dishes from scratch.

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As an adventurous person everywhere except for the kitchen, I was excited to try my hand at cooking some traditional Italian dishes when I made my journey to Florence. I was over the moon that I would not only be able to try that in my apartment, but also in an actual cooking class! Now, to give you some background on me, I am probably the worst cook you could ever meet. I once ruined a perfectly good can of soup trying to heat it up on the stove. Don’t ask me how, I don’t even know. I just have a knack for ruining foods that I attempt to cook. Needless to say, I was nervous for the class and the fact that I would have to learn how to make 3 courses of pasta dishes from scratch.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Allyson Barnes - At a Cooking ClassReady to get started in this cooking class!

This was my My Global City experience. Two of my roommates signed up for the cooking class with me and I couldn’t recommend it more to someone looking for one of those unique hands-on experiences.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Food in Florence, My Global City

What My Summer Art Classes Are Like in Florence

Jun 28, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah shares about her art classes in Florence and the wonder of learning and seeing the city's artwork and architecture in the flesh.

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While it seems to me that I have been spending copious amounts of time pleasure reading, journaling, and traveling, I sometimes remind myself that I am also in Florence to…study! The classes I enrolled in—drawing and renaissance art history—started the week after I arrived, and I have class 3 days per week, per class. The learning environment is quite unique for each class, and I have enjoyed studying with the expat professors at CAPA, who decided the grass was greener across the pond, and who enthusiastically share their passion for Florentine culture and art with students each semester.

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Summer2018_From Hannah Hardenbergh - Looking Up into the Dome from BelowLooking up into the Duomo from below.

At first, I was surprised to hear that my teachers were not in fact of Italian descent, or grew up in the country. Their perspectives of the city are part of what makes the learning environment so unique. Our drawing professor prefers whimsical assignment changes that best fit the group’s interests, and our art history professor is a walking encyclopedia, who I’m sure would know when and where each Medici family member lived and breathed his or her last breath if you were to ask her. Both of my classes have been extraordinarily unique.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Academics Abroad, Art Abroad

The Idea of Exploring a New City is Exciting

Jun 21, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh

Hannah Hardenbergh is an official CAPA blogger for summer 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. An American History and Literature major at Harvard College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Hannah writes about her reasons for studying abroad in Florence, why she loves exploring this city, and how this experience will increase her love of art.

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Hello! Welcome to this summer’s study abroad adventure in Florence, Italy. I am excited to share with you all my time and the many things I will be doing! Here goes.

View of Florence from San Miniato al MonteA view of the city of Florence from San Miniato al Monte.

To start off, I decided to study abroad for a couple of reasons. First, I have not traveled that much on my own, and the idea of having my own space where I could explore a new city on my own was really exciting. I liked the sound of having a schedule for classes that was challenging but not overbearing, leaving room for personal time to draw, write, and travel on my own. Second, I wanted to continue exploring my excitement for the arts and culture, and what better place to do so than in the soul of centuries-old art and monumental history!

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Classes, Personal Learning

5 (More) Florence Instagram Accounts to Inspire Nostalgia and Wanderlust

Apr 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM / 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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Instagram is a social media platform that is always changing and every day I come across new accounts to follow. For my first post on this column, I shared six of my favorite Florence Instagram accounts. Since that was about two years ago, I’ve decided to round up a more current list of Florence Instagram accounts that bring back all the feels and make me want to purchase a flight to Italy ASAP…

1. @toomuchtuscany. Let’s be real. Is there such thing as too much Tuscany? I don't think so. This account features gorgeous pictures of the Tuscan landscapes, along with some classic city shots around Florence.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Life After Study Abroad

A Day in the Life of a Spring Semester Student in Florence

Apr 5, 2018 10:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Rachel Cholewinski_Florence

Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel takes us through a day in her life and what she does during her abroad in Florence this spring semester.

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It is hard to sum up a typical week here because I am usually always on the go and doing something new every day. I thought I would try to take everyone along through a “day in the life” of a student here in Florence and some of my favorite places!

Bread and Break Bakery in FlorenceBread and Break Bakery in Florence

Monday

My week starts with beginning Italian class on Monday. I usually wake up around 8:30am and have breakfast in my apartment and get ready. Sometimes I’ll stop at a café near my apartments called “Bread and Break” to get a croissant and a cappuccino before class.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, College Life

My European Spring Break: 5 Cities in 10 Days

Mar 15, 2018 11:30:00 AM / by Irene Kanthan

Rachel Cholewinski_Florence

Rachel is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2018, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A Business Administration major at Merrimack College, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.

In this week's post, Rachel shares how she went to Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona for spring break and how it compares to her experience in Florence.

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For spring break my friends and I decided to book a trip through a student travel company located in Florence. This trip took us to 5 different cities in Europe: Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and Barcelona. We had the option of traveling on our own, but because we wanted to see as many cities as possible in a short period of time this trip was the best option! Although we had help from a travel company, we were able to navigate through each city on our own and overcome a few challenges along the way. Follow along as I take on my European spring break… first stop is Berlin!

CAPAStudyAbroad_Florence_Spring2018_From Rachel Cholewinski - Spring Break in Berlin_1.jpg

Berlin, Germany

As we arrived in Berlin I was amazed how modern the city was. We started our day by doing a free walking tour which took us all around the city. Although Berlin was very modern I enjoyed how much history there was within the city. Doing a walking tour gave my friends and I the chance to learn more about Berlin’s history and a new understanding and appreciation for this city.

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Posted in: Travel, Florence, Italy, Barcelona, Spain, Spring Break Abroad

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time Abroad with CAPA

Mar 2, 2018 1:30:00 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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Studying abroad with CAPA was a unique and exciting experience for me. I knew going into it that CAPA was unlike other program providers. Here are some of my tips for how to make the most of your experience studying abroad with CAPA!

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1. Get to know the CAPA staff

After going on the CAPA Florence program a few years ago and now working at CAPA, I can assure you that the CAPA staff in all of our centers are fantastic. Each and every staff member is friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to assist you! They will be able to help you navigate the city, share some non-touristy restaurants and attractions, and overall be a helping hand and great resource throughout the semester.

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Posted in: Florence, Italy, Study Abroad, Goals Abroad

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