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Stony Brook University FUA Florence University of the Arts

M Y PAT H THROUGH FLORENCE

Florence Italy Fall 2016


Introduction Stony B rook Univer sity P ro g ram Fall 2016

This semester’s project is a reflection on the experience at FUA, from before our students departed for their adventure to the discoveries they made in Florence. Each perspective is unique but each expresses a desire to explore through this experience, both internally and externally. Despite different perceptions of the experience, a common thread is the engagement with both the community and to FUA. I would like to thank all of the students from the Stony Brook University program for their contributions to the project and for all that their presence has brought to FUA. Although the Fall 2016 session has come to a close, you are all forever part of the FUA community. I hope that your experience has broadened your vision of life and I wish you all the best for a bright and dynamic future. In bocca al lupo!

Me l iss a Ro ss i SBU Program Resident Director

Fall 2016 Florence, Italy


STUDENT PROFILES


Taylin Bower Major: Sociology Home University: SUNY Geneseo My path through Florence:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

My favorite Italian word/phrase is:

Via dei Pepi, Via Pietrapiana, Via Fiesolana, Piazza Gaetano Salvemini, Via dell’ Oriuolo, Piazza del Duomo

My most memorable moment at FUA was the first day of classes. I remember being very nervous because I did not know what to expect and I was still trying to get oriented to my new environment. Classes brought a sense of routine and regularity to an overwhelming situation. The professors also understood the craziness that we were going through and talked about it so I felt more understood. I also felt a sense of belonging being among everyone else in the same situation because I had not yet felt like I was becoming a part of the Florentine community.

My favorite Italian word is allora. I love the way it sounds and feels when it is spoken. Also I love that it is a word that can be used to replace so many English words; it is like multiple words within one word.

I realized this was my path when: The first time I walked through Piazza del Duomo at night when all of the tourists and most other people have left. I had the opportunity to actually take in the beauty of the buildings (Duomo, Baptistery, Bell Tower and even the surrounding buildings that house restaurants and cafes) without feeling crowded and pushed. It was the most calming and peaceful feeling I had experienced since coming to Florence. I felt connected to the city more.

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Mallory Cohen Major: Human Development Home University: Binghamton University My path through Florence: My path through Florence is the way across the Ponte Santa Trinta.

I realized this was my path when: When I got my housing assignment I immediately sent it to my old roommate who had previously studied abroad in Florence. She told me that I was over the river. I did not know what to expect. The first night I arrived in Florence I went with my roommates to get gelato. We hung out on the bridge as we ate. That was my first time on the Ponte Santa Trinta, foreshadowing almost

every day to follow that I would walk across it. There was not a specific moment that I realised this was my path, but it has been my path since day one.

conversation strictly in Italian, even if I have to take it slow or forget some words, it still helps me feel like I belong.

My favorite Italian word is: I became a Florentine when: Though I have taken Italian in both high school and college it was never my strong suite and I have never had a chance to use it in a practical setting before coming here. Therefore when I came I was not fully comfortable using it. However, I have been trying more and more to use my Italian when speaking to locals and have been getting much better. Each time that I have a

“ciao”. While that may be as basic as it can get, it is the word that helps me fit in. While I may have taken Italian classes I normally cannot keep up with Italian conversations. However, when I walk into a place and say “Ciao!” just for a second everyone there thinks that I belong.


Kerrie Curnuck Major: Psychology Home University: Stony Brook University My path through Florence: My Path starts at my apartment which is on Via Fiesolana, 20. I walk out my front door and make a left heading south. There is an intersection there with one of my favorite gelato shops (Amalo). I turn right onto Via Dell’ Oriuolo and walk all the way down this street until I reach my other favorite gelato shop called Eduardo’s which is on the Piazza del Duomo. I walk through the Piazza del S. Giovanni and turn onto Borgo S. Lorenzo. As I continue walking down this block on my left hand side I come across the Basilica di San Lorenzo on my left. I turn left onto Via L. Gori and

walk through the Piazza di San Lorenzo. That is when I turn right onto Via dell’ Ariento and walk through the leather market to reach my destination : il Mercato Centrale.

I realized this was my path when: Everything about the journey and then the market itself made me happy. The walk isn’t too far and it is relaxing. I enjoy walking through the Duomo and seeing all of the people, usually tourists, who are so happy to be here. I also love the leather market because it is the Italian’s little shops that are set up their down a whole street and diverges onto some others. Everything about this path

makes me happy, and I really get to feel like I am a part of the community, especially buying my fresh food at the market.

The best class/instructor at FUA was: My best instructor at FUA is Marta Russo. Marta is my Cultural Perspectives teacher, and she is literally the nicest woman in the entire world. She is always so positive and understanding even when we have a 2.5 hour class and then a night field learning. I have even ran into her outside of class and she always stops to have a conversation.

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Nicole DeCosta Major: Communications and Public Relations Home University: SUNY New Paltz My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

Starting our path at Borgo Pinti, we usually take the path that leads us to Via Dell’Oriuolo. This path takes us to all of our main classes, which are in the J School building, while also taking us directly to the Duomo. This is the way we connect to every street through Florence, usually taking this path to get places around the city, while also using it to get to our local market, grocery store and favorite restaurants, this path became the most convenient and also the most easily navigated for my roommates and I.

When I began taking this path to get to everywhere, after moving to our new apartment this path just became the quickest route to get to all of the main squares, streets and buildings throughout Florence. Since this path is a direct route to the main centers of Florence, it was the easiest way for my roommates and I to better learn to navigate the streets, which at first were most definitely overwhelmingly confusing.

My most memorable moment at FUA thus far was the culture changes and different experiences that had offered me. Being submerged into a culture that I knew little about helped me understand how other people live, while also allowing myself to open up new doors to meeting new people, learning new things, and learning to adapt to new times of situations that I would not have to worry about if I had stayed home in the States to study this semester. The new culture and way of life exposed me to so many new ideas, beliefs and overall a new outlook on life.


Julia Djokic Major: Business Administration Home University: SUNY Geneseo My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

Everyday I walk out of my apartment, make a left and walk down Via Maggio, past the famous Gusta Pizza and Piazza Santo Spirito, to cross over my personal favorite bridge, Ponte Santa Trinita. I continue walking straight down the beautiful Via Tornabuoni, admiring the many pristine designer shops, from Ferragamo, to Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and several others. I continue onto Via Rondinelli, to then get onto Via De’ Cerretani. From there, I turn left onto Borgo San Lorenzo, which then becomes Via de Ginori. I cross over Via Guelfa to end up at sQuola each morning for my nine AM intensive Italian class.

I realized this was my path when I no longer needed a GPS to get me there, and found myself not even looking at the street names. The walk became sort of like muscle memory, and I did it without even having to think. I also realized that this path not only gets me to class each morning, but is the quickest way to get many places from my apartment, such as The Duomo, my friend’s apartments, and with a few adjustments in my path I can easily get to the SMN train station and Piazza della Repubblica. This path also includes my favorite café where I stop to grab a café Americano each morning, Pizzino Café.

My most memorable moment with FUA was when my Italian class took a trip to the local public library to interview Italian students. We asked them questions such as where they are from, what they are doing in Florence, what they love most about Florence/Italy, etc. It was a great way to practice my Italian in a realistic setting, and was something I would have never done on my own.

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Gaige Dickerson Major: Graphic Design Home University: State University of New York at Oswego My path through Florence:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

South, down Via dei Pepi, past Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze, straight through Via Antonio Magliabechi, and finally to Corso dei Tintori.

Café Rosano. The owner, Mauro Rosanò, is the most generous person I have met in Florence. We helped each other learn our respective languages, and became good friends in the process.

I realized this was my path when: I realized that whenever I needed a meal, groceries, or to go to class, this was the path that I took 9/10 times. I’ve spent more time around Piazza di Santa Croce than anywhere else in Florence.

The best class/instructor at FUA was: Dario, because he helped make learning a new language seem possible, and he was an entertaining professor as well.


Chandler K. Godt Major: Psychology Home University: SUNY Oneonta My path through Florence: My path through Florence would be from my apartment to Mercato Centrale, which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. I walk out of my apartment doors onto my street Via Maggio and continue straight crossing over what I like to call “my bridge” since it’s close to my apartment the Ponte a Santa Trinity. After crossing over the Arno I continue straight for a little until I take a slight left onto Via de’ Tornabuoni I continue on this street until I take a right on Via de’ Rondinelli followed by a right on Via de’ Cerretani staying on this street briefly before taking a left on Via de’ Conti and continuing on this street

staying to the left. I continue onto Piazza di Madonna degli Aldobrandini and then make my final turn on Via Sant’Antonino. I continue on that street and Mercato Centrale is on my left.

I realized this was my path when: I realized that this was my path the third night I spent in Florence. I went to Mercato Centrale not knowing what to expect was meeting friends there for dinner and immediately fell in love with it. It has so much to offer fresh produce and food in the lower area during the day and an amazing selection of fresh tasty food upstairs at night. Although it takes me about twenty minutes to get there from my apartment the walk is enjoyable

as I pass many of my favorite spots and have come to learn the route very well.

My most memorable moment at FUA was: One of my most memorable moments at FUA was the first days of my Wine and Chocolate classes. Back at my home University, I have never had the opportunity to do wine tasting or chocolate tastings in any of my classes. I realized those two days that taking these classes was such a great experience and knew I had to take it all in.

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Patrice Grande Major: Public Relations Home University: State University of New York at Plattsburgh My path through Florence: Walking through Florence is a maze if you don’t have a set path that you walk on everyday. There are so many ways to get to different places; it varies on which way you prefer to walk on. For myself I find walking down Borgo Pinti (also the street I live on), to get to class at the J School is extremely relaxing. It is not as busy as Via dell’ Oriuolo, which is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of the traffic of people that the Duomo brings in. Another place I find myself walking past numerous times is Santa Croce, which is definitely a place I enjoy sitting and relaxing after walking from Corso Tintori.

I realized this was my path when: I realized this was my path when we moved out of our apartment on Via La Marmora, and moved into an apartment on Borgo Pinti. The apartment change was not difficult but sort of a nuisance because we had finally gotten all of our bags unpacked and then we found ourselves packing up and moving again. This new path to classes from Borgo Pinti and just around Florence is more enjoyable I think, although I miss walking past the Academia building everyday, this path is a bit more efficient. It is more direct, and not having to pass by all the Duomo traffic everyday is very nice.

Items checked off my Florence bucket list: There have been many things I have been able to check off my Florence bucket list, some being all the restaurants I have been able to eat at, like Za Za, Pino’s, Rubicante, Dante’s, Gatto, the list could go on and on. Some other things I have been able to check off are all the museums I was able to visit. My father is extremely interested in the history of places that he visits, so when my parents came we went to numerous museums but one that stuck out for me was the Galileo Museum, it was so interesting to see how technology was created and the path that it has taken since the beginning.


Krystal Greiner Major: Psychology and Sociology Home University: University at Albany, State University of New York My path through Florence:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

The best class/instructor at FUA was:

Via Pietrapiana-Santa Croce Via Pietrapiana, Via dei Pepi, Piazza di Santa Croce

Being able to experience multiple aspects of Italian culture during one of my field learning activities to Parma and Modena. My favorite part of the trip was watching how Parmigiano Reggiano was produced and tasting twenty five year old balsamic vinegar. Tasting the cheese was an amazing and unforgettable experience.

Food, Culture and Society in Italy that was taught by Prof. Carlotta Dini because I found the food traditions and customs in Italy very interesting. I enjoyed learning to cook traditional Italian recipes and the field learning experience of how Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar is produced. Carlotta was a great professor who was very personable and kept class lectures interesting and fun.

I realized this was my path when: I passed the Piazza di Santa Croce every day when I walked to class. I enjoyed seeing the detailed architecture on the buildings surrounding the Piazza and the church. Every time you pass through the Piazza there are people sitting on the steps of the church taking in the view and there are always musicians playing music. The Piazza also holds my favorite place in Florence to get a good cannoli and espresso.

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Nicole Grube Major: History, Pre-Law Home University: Stony Brook University My path through Florence:

The best class/instructor at FUA was:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

My path through Florence is from my apartment to Corso Tintori. I take Via dei Pepi straight past Santa Croce onto Corso Tintori into FUA.

The best class at FUA to me was History of the Italian Renaissance because of all the places I got to visit. With the class we were able to visit the Santa Croce, Orsanmichele church, and take a trip to Pienza. In Pienza we got to visit 3 different towns, taste the famous piccolino cheese at a tasting and go on a winery tour.

My most memorable moment at FUA was the Welcome Party at Corso. During the dinner I had the chance to meet new people and some professors. It was a great experience to become familiar with the school and fellow students.

I realized this was my path when: I realized this was my path when I began to walk in that direction automatically without thinking about it on a daily basis. Even when I am supposed to be heading somewhere else, I end up walking in that direction on accident. It became such a large part of my daily life here because all of my classes were in Corso Tintori.


Casey Keenan Major: Business Administration Home University: University at Albany, SUNY My path through Florence: My path is from JSchool to Apicius. On this path, I start at Via dell’Oriuolo, 43, turn right on the Piazza del Duomo, turn right on Borgo San Lorenzo just past the Baptistery of St. John, pass a cute book store that I like (though I don’t remember the name of), and then turn left on Via Guelfa and walk all the way down to Apicius.

I realized this was my path when: Though Google Maps was the real mastermind behind the path which I discovered when I was lost my first week, I knew this was my path because it got me from Point A to Point B quickly, but allowed me to experience a piece of Florence that brings me joy and is so historic. Even though I walk on my way to class, it’s a landmark

that feels like home and gives me something to smile about and marvel at despite the business of the day ahead. It’s like a breath of fresh air.

My most memorable moment at FUA was: My most memorable moment at FUA was arriving back to my apartment after a weekend trip to the Amalfi Coast. I finally felt like I was home. I was so grateful to be back in Florence and to know I had class the next day. I had settled into my routine and I was comfortable. It took me a while to refer to my apartment as “home,” but coming back from this trip was an indescribable feeling. I finally felt comfortable and that Florence was where I was meant to be.

The best class/instructor at FUA was: The best class and instructor at FUA was Interpersonal Communication with Prof. Elisa Fiorucci. This class delved deep into how people communicate interpersonally, gave tips to avoid communication roadblocks, and how to be a better listener. Even though the class has lots of definitions and is very methodical, there are lessons learned that can be applied in real life. Prof. Fiorucci is a great instructor and was very welcoming. She cares so much about her students and she makes you feel like you belong here.

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Jamie Keenan Major: Communication Home University: University at Albany, SUNY My path through Florence: The path that I have chosen is from my apartment to our local Conad which happens to be on my street, Via Pietrapiana.

I realized this was my path when: I realized this was my path when I realized how much I was going to miss the little three minute walk to Conad. The weather over the last two weeks or so has just been so perfect and I love soaking up the weather on these little walks. It’s such a busy street, always filled with people because it’s a walking on section and there aren’t

any cars. I love seeing all the people: the families, couples, people walking their dogs, friends. It makes me smile every time. I think the feeling that I get on this path sums up my feelings for Italy as a whole, just a warmth from within.

My most memorable moment at FUA was: My most memorable moment at FUA thus far was the field learning I did for my Food, Culture, and Society class. We saw how Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Aceto Balsamico di Modena were made. My favorites were the cheese and vinegar. It was so

interesting to see how these products have to made in such specific ways in order to adhere to the DOP standards. It also gave me an appreciation for the DOP and how the past can be linked to the present because the way these products are being produced today goes back for hundreds of years.


Shawna Kerr Major: Sociology Home University: SUNY Albany My path through Florence:

I became a Florentine when:

My path through Florence is to my favorite pizza restaurant, Gusto Pizza in Piazza Santo Spirito. This happens to be two blocks from my house on Via Maggio.

When I became a “regular� at a restaurant. Every Wednesday I eat wings at Red Garter. Wings make me feel close to home and close to Florence because I can practice my Italian with the servers there who are friendly to me and also speak English.

I realized this was my path when: because eating the pizza reminds me of home. In New York they also have a thin crust style of pizza and I will eat my pizza on the steps at Santo Spirito and people watch, which is my favorite thing to do at home.

My most memorable moment at FUA was: Attending my neighbors dinner party. Spoke with real locals in mainly Italian and small English. Enjoyed a delicious meal with appetizer, first course and main course. I learned a lot about Italian culture and Italian words.

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Ashley Law Major: Art/Psychology Home University: University at Albany My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

Via Pietrapiana, 11 (my apartment) to Santa Maria Novella, Firenze train station. My path through Florence starts when I walk out of my doorway onto the street towards the train station. I walk past my local coned, past the ATM I use, and past the Duomo. Then it’s a straight path through the leather markets towards the train station.

Discovering my path happened when I left for my first trip outside of Florence. I had previously taken this route from S.M.N when I first came to Florence, after landing in Milan. I knew it would be a path I would take often, since being in Florence would help me gain the independence I would use to travel outside of Florence, outside of Italy, and I could bring back home with me. It wasn’t until I left for Cinque Terre did I become so content with this route. This was the first time I was able to memorize

each turn, as opposed to staring down at my map. It was the path to all my other adventures. The path acted like a terminal from the experiences I absorbed on each trip, converting it into future knowledge about the relationship between Florence and the rest of the world. On the walk back I would summarize the trip in order to take it as a souvenir back home with me.


Nicole Lyding Major: Business Economics Home University: SUNY Cortland My path through Florence:

I became a Florentine when:

Items checked off my Florence bucket list:

My path through Florence starts at Piazza della Signoria, continues onto Via Vacchereccia, then follow Via Calimala down until it brings you to Piazza della Repubblica.

I became a Florentine after being here for 9 days and figured out on my own how to walk to the gym from my apartment by myself without getting lost (it’s a 30 minute walk) and a couple lost Americans came up to me asking for help finding where they needed to go and I knew exactly where it was and how to direct them there.

Trying so many different types of food. Getting lost and being able to find my way without a map or gps. Going into the Duomo. Having Gusta pizza. Going into the Boboli Gardens Checking out the Ponte Vecchio Doing a lot of shopping. Trying a bunch of different wines. Seeing/traveling everywhere

I realized this was my path when: I realized this is my path through Florence because whenever I have nothing to do I always walk this path and just see what’s around. I usually wind up doing a bunch of shopping on this path. I always find new stores and buy different things. I also love this path because every time I’ve walked this path there is always someone playing an instrument and singing at some point along the way.

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Huiqian Mao Major: Business and studio art Home University: Stony Brook University My path through Florence: Corso Tintori 19 to Dolci & Dolcezze

I realized this was my path when: I want to get my favorite pastry shop.

I became a Florentine when: All my roommates make and eat dinner together with traditional Italian music.

The best class/instructor at FUA was: Fashion design studio My teacher is so cool and I like her.


Sari Miller Major: Sociology Home University: Suny Oneonta I became a Florentine when: I felt at home and part of the local community when I went to an Aperitivo. I felt like I blended in and was even spoken to in Italian. It was nice to relax and enjoy a drink, while having a variety of amazing food. I also get spoken to in Italian a lot and that also makes me feel like I am part of the local community.

My most memorable moment at FUA was: My public relations class heard that Tom Hanks was down the street from us because he was in town for his movie premiere. My teacher allowed us to wait outside for twenty minutes. We thought we were in the right place, because we saw body guides standing

outside the door. It turns out it was not actually Tom Hanks, but it was a funeral. We got so many strange looks, and we couldn’t understand why. It was definitely a moment I will never forget.

Items checked off my Florence bucket list: Via de Michelangelo Duomo David Visit to Tuscany Wine Tour Getting Gelato

My favorite Italian word/phrase is: Ciao Bella

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Paulina Minucci Major: Psychology Home University: Stony Brook University My path through Florence: When leave my apartment that is located at Corso Dei Tintori, 19, I exit to the left. I keep walking straight on Corso Dei Tintori until I reach the end of the street. The street then turns into Via dei Neri and I continue to walk straight, passing my favorite gelato shop, Gelateria dei Neri. Also, my favorite sandwich shop, All’Antico Vinaio. Then I reach Piazza del Grano which is usually filled with many tour groups being attracted to the statues and the large golden turtle. Once clearing my way through these groups, I reach the end of the

Piazza, bringing me to an H&M, which is where I turn right on Via Vacchereccia. While walking along this street, I pass the leather market, the Duomo and many expensive clothing stores. Once getting passed all the tour groups that are drawn to Piazza del Duomo, I continue on Via de’ Martelli, eventually passing the San Lorenzo church. Continuing on my way, the street now turns into Via de’ Ginori. Once I reach the “Jolly Bar Café” on the corner, I now know I am only two blocks away from my destination. On my way, I pass an abundance of little shops selling souvenirs, trinkets and a

variety of other items. Before I know it, I have reached Via san Gallo, which is where I attend my Italian language class.

I realized this was my path when: I realized this was my path when I began travelling on it every day to attend my Italian language class. At first, it seemed very confusing and frustrating to get there due to the changing street names and amount of tourist groups. However, now I have learned to look up from my phone map and appreciate the beauty that lies within the city center of Florence.


Stefanie Muhlbach Major: Hospitality and Tourism Management Home University: St. Joseph’s College My path through Florence: When walking to my favorite restaurant that I have had here so far this is the path that I go! I live in Via Fiesolana 20, I make a left out of my apartment and head down Via Fiesolana. When you get to the end of the street, it has a great 99 cent store on the right corner. Across the street from that you have a café which has great cappuccinos. Next to this café is Amalo. Amalo is a great gelato place. Continuing down this street, it turns into Via Giuseppe Verdi. During this walk, I walk through Piazza di Santa Croce. Whenever I walk through Santa Croce I get super happy, it just puts me in a better mood. Within this square, the Basilica

of Santa Croce overlooks the square. It is so beautiful inside and out. On the opposite side of the square is the Palazzo Cocchi- Serristori. After walking past this square the street turns into Via dei Benci. At the corner of the street, there is a great restaurant called Moyo. I always get happy when go to Moyo because it reminds me of home.

I realized this was my path when: I knew this was my path when I passed Santa Croce. This is my second time in Florence and the Piazza di Santa Croce always makes me happy when going through it. Yes, my path might be going to get food at a restaurant, but the walk is the best. I enjoy walking to Moyo with such a scenic view. This

path made me feel like I was a couple of blocks from home knowing I was going to get “American Food.”

My most memorable moment at FUA was: was meeting everyone and also knowing my way around town. Coming to a foreign country not knowing anything was very scary, but having everyone else be in the same boat was bittersweet. The friends that I have made here at FUA will be my friends forever.

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Lana Nord Major: International Studies Home University: Stony Brook Universities My path through Florence:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

Starting point at Via dei Pepi then past Santa Croce church and ending at Corso Tintori (FUA)

The pasta workshop offered by Apicius was memorable.

I realized this was my path when:

Climbing the Duomo and Bell. Tower. Trying Real Gelato. Visiting Piazzale Michelangelo. Crossing the Ponte Vecchio.

Items checked off my Florence bucket list: All my classes are at Corso Tintori so this became my “path�.


Lucas Peacock Major: Graphic Design Home University: SUNY Oswego My path through Florence: My path through Florence is based on the routes I traveled, places I visited, as well as enjoyed the most. First, I would leave my apartment on Via Dei Pepi and turn left down Via Degli Alfani. After about a 10 minute walk, I would turn right on Via San Gallo where I would walk about a block and a half to get to sQuola where I had my language classes. Halfway through class on our break I would get a cappuccino and cornetto with my roommate Gaige at Caffe Rosano. After class we would take Via de’ Ginori to Piazza del Duomo. After walking through the Piazza, we would walk Via de Roma to Piazza Della Republica. After continuing through the piazza and turning left on Via

Vacchereccia, we would walk into Piazza Signoria. We would then walk through this Piazza to Via Dei Gondi and follow Borgo Dei Greci to Piazza di Santa Croce. After spending some time in Piazza di Santa Croce, we would take Via Dei Pepi back home to our apartment. This is the best route because it describes my typical day and brings me past the best Piazzas and shops. There is a lot to see and do along this route.

I realized this was my path when: I walk the first part of this route to class every day with my roommate. We had a routine for the semester of going to class and going to Caffe Rosano. Then one day we met with some friends at the Duomo and had a great time socializing

and seeing the beautiful architecture and shops Florence had to offer. We walked into a bunch of shops and spent some time in each piazza and it was basically the perfect day.

I became a Florentine when: I mentioned Caffe Rosano a couple of times because this place made me feel like a local. Since my roommate Gaige and I regularly went there, we got on a first name basis with the owner of the Caffe, Mauro. He came to expect us every day. There was one day we didn’t have class that we brought some friends with us. Mauro gave us free pastries and even poured us all free shots of Amaretto. It was so nice of him and just spending our morning there made me feel at home.

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Destiny Platz Major: Psychology Home University: SUNY Oneonta My path through Florence:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

My path in Florence is the path from my apartment to Piazza di Santa Croce. I go up Via dei Conciatori, turn left onto Via dei Macci, turn right onto Via S. Giuseppe, I continue onto Largo Piero Bargellini, and then turn left onto Piazza di Santa Croce.

My most memorable moment in Florence was watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. I was one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen and the view of the city was incredible.

I realized this was my path when: This was the first path I learned while being in Florence. I realized it was my path when it became the most familiar to me. I use this path every day, whether it is to get to class, to go to the ATM, or to grab a bite to eat.

Items checked off my Florence bucket list: The items I have checked off my Florence bucket list are going on a wine tour/tasting, going to the Boboli Garden, going on the merry-go-round in Piazza della Repubblica, and eating an overwhelming amount of gelato.


Alexa Pulizzi Major: Elementary Education Major Home University: SUNY Oneonta My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

My favorite Italian word/phase is:

I take many different routes from Via Sant’Egidio to Via Guelfa, passing many different streets and squares. One route that does not pass as much as others, but is the easiest and most common way for me to take is a straight way. As I start walking on Sant’Egidio, I pass Via Della Pergola and in a few meters I pass Piazza di Santa Maria Nuova. Via Sant’Egidio turns into Via Maurizio Bufalini, passes Via dei Servi, then turns into Via dei Pucci. As I pass Via Camillo Cavour, the street turns into Via L.Gori. Approaching Piazza San Lorenzo, I make a right on Via dei Ginori and a left on Via Guelfa. This path is the quickest and easiest way for me to take without using google maps.

I needed to get to class. I have class Monday through Thursday, one at Corso Tintori and the rest towards Via Guelfa. As I walk most of the time toward Via Guelfa for class, the San Lorenzo market, and the train station, I find this to be my path. I take different paths each day depending if I am in a rush, if I am already walking around, or if I am in the vicinity. Taking other paths that are not straight paths get challenging and I need to use my google maps which takes up more time.most of the time I take the same path as explained before, because it is quicker this way. Also, I love the view and it is not as crowded as it would be if I passed through the Duomo!

Chi vuole gelato? Who wants gelato of course would be one of my favorites! I am always up for a small cone with two scoops of gelato, so when someone asks my answer is always, “Si!” As I walk through the streets of Florence each day, I pass a ton of gelato places, some looking better than the last. If I walk to class and catch a day where I will be early, I stop for gelato. If I don’t want to make dinner, I get gelato. If I walk around the Duomo and pass twelve gelato shops, it’s a must that I stop for one of them. Gelato is the answer to every problem. My mom tells me I spend too much money on gelato each day, but I say, “Sorry mom I can’t help it!”

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Sabrina Pulizzi Major: Communications Home University: SUNY Cortland My path through Florence: I would say my path through Florence is my walk to class every day. Most of my classes I attend are in Corso Tintori. Also, I am here two times a day, one for class and the other to attend the gym. On the way to Corso Tintori from my apartment, I see Love Life cafe. I love this cafe because it offers smoothies and healthy options for a quick snack. Also, on the way, the Santa Croce stands so beautiful especially when I am there in time for sunset. The Piazza di Santa Croce is always filled with so many people admiring the amazing basilica. I love walking through this Piazza on the way to class. In addition to that, I

love the gelato by Corso Tintori and sometimes I buy a cone before class. The cafe right next to the gelateria is also a place I grab lunch or a coffee right after the gym or before class. The waiter at the cafe is so sweet and we always end up talking about how kickboxing lessons or how I am doing in Florence.

I realized this was my path when: I realized this was my path when I was walking this way at least two times a day. I am always walking this way whether I am attending class, the gym, or going to DIVA to use their computer to print something. I also realized this was my path

when I would walk to class early to sit and enjoy the Piazza di Santa Croce. Sometimes, I leave my apartment a half hour early to just sit on one of the benches in the Piazza to listen to someone playing music. Although I see this path every day, I still cannot get enough of it. I also love the fact that I walk past the cafe and always have a great conversation with the waiter. He always gets so excited to see me. I love it. Also, I realized this was my path when I experienced a few of its beautiful sunsets on the way home from class. I would just stand there, take a few pictures, and wait for the sunset to end.


Audrey Rodd Major: Communication Home University: SUNY Oneonta My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

Every morning before class, I stop at my favorite coffee shop, La Milkeria, to get an iced or hot coffee (depending on the weather) with almond milk. To get to this cafÊ, I walk down Via de Macci and then turn onto Via Ghibellina. I make one more turn onto Via de’ Giraldi and then onto Borgo degli Albizi where my delicious coffee awaits.

I spent so much time searching for a coffee shop that served American style iced coffee and also had plant based milk options, so when I stumbled upon La Milkeria, I knew I was going to become a frequent customer and that I would be taking this path very often.

I became a Florentine when: I felt at home in Florence when I finally became comfortable enough to roam through the city without any sort of map or

directions in front of me. I felt as though Florence had become my second home and that I could weave in and out of the streets confidently without fear of getting lost.

The best class/instructor at FUA was: My favorite class at FUA is my Cultural Perspectives class with Professor Marta Russo because she is an incredible professor and I feel as though this class has helped me adjust to the different lifestyle and culture here in Florence.

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Adam Roter Major: Psychology Home University: SUNY Albany My path through Florence:

The best class/instructor at FUA was:

Find mama’s tabbachi, that’s the central location to all of my areas I travel to. Make a left for Via Guelfa. A right for fedora and go straight to get to the train station.

Italian Language. Although all of my classes were great in their own regard. Italian allowed me to communicate effectively with the world around me. Every professor that I’ve had at FUA has been incredibly helpful, kind, and extremely enjoyable to be around.

I realized this was my path when: I look up and use the Duomo as my main landmark

My most memorable moment at FUA was the first night when walking into the courtyard after the first day. I was really impressed with how nice the school looked.


Maedeh Safari Major: Double major in Computer Science and Studio Art Home University: Stony Brook University My path through Florence: Santa Croce, Piazzale degli Uffizi, Piazza del Duomo

I realized this was my path when:

Items checked off my Florence bucket list: Piazza del Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce, Uffizi Gallery, Gusto Pizza

I take this path a lot to take pictures for my street photography class. The reason I go to this squares is because there are lots of tourists there and it gives me a lot of options in terms of subject matter for photography.

I became a Florentine when: After traveling to other parts of Italy or abroad, it was very strange that each time I came back to Florence I felt like I was back at home.

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Sarah Safeer Major: Finance and Psychology, Global Studies Minor Home University: Binghamton University My path through Florence: Leaving my house on via Michelangelo Buonarroti, I head towards Piazza di Santa Croce and the Basilica di Santa Croce di Firenze. Walking down Via dei Benci I pass many gelato and panini shops (maybe stopping in at Gelateria dei Neri or All’Antico Vinaio). I then cross Ponte alle Grazie (I just know it as the one before Ponte Vecchio with the gorgeous view). After crossing the Ponte, I then turn left walking along the Arno on Lungarno Serristori. At Piazza Giuseppe Poggi there are steps that begin the climb up

to Piazzale Michelangelo. The path wins up the hill, passing the outskirts of Giardino delle Rose and then finally (after almost 30 minutes) you emerge in Piazzale Michelangelo with a stunning view of Firenze.

I realized this was my path when: When I first visited Piazzale Michelangelo my second night here. After that, it has become my favorite place in Florence because of the view (especially at sunset), mix of people, and the climb. From the Piazza you are able to see all of Florence, the old city walls, and more!

I became a Florentine when: The first time I stepped into Piazza Duomo. It was then that it finally hit me that I was in Firenze after the years of planning it took to get here. I began thinking of Florence as my home for the next few months. Another time I felt like a Florentine was when tourists began asking me directions and I was (usually) able to help them!


Madison SeGuin Major: Fashion Merchandising Home University: SUNY Oneonta My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

I became a Florentine when:

When I think of my path through Florence, I think of the walk from my first apartment, on Via La Marmora, to the Duomo. This path is straight, with no turns, and takes about 15 minutes from our apartment door. The street that we took started as Via La Marmora, then became Via Giorgio la Pira, then ended as Via Ricasoli. When walking it, you pass about five bus stops, as well as Piazza San Marco, which was usually bustling with life, and Piazza delle Belle Arti. We could see the bell tower of the Duomo from our apartment door, and the second that we got to the end of our path, the breathtaking, massive Duomo came into full view.

When I walk into my favorite gelato shop, they know me and my order by name. I feel safe on this street, and see many familiar faces. I walked it every single day, and looked forward to walking it every single day. I passed people who were starting their day, people who were ending their day, people who were enjoying meals and the amazing views, people who were sitting on park benches taking in their surroundings... this street feels like home.

I felt like I was becoming a true Florentine during two instances that really stick out to me. The first time I was ever asked for directions. I was on my way to class, and a French couple asked me how to get to the Duomo, and the fact that I could actually help them made me feel so good! The other instance is going to the market for fresh vegetables and bread for dinner. Being used to buying all groceries on Sunday, going to the market every day in Florence for fresh food for dinner is my new Italian way!

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Gregory Slade Major: Public Policy and Urban Planning Home University: University at Buffalo My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

Since I live at the end of the street, I walk all the way down via San Zanobi. I turn left and walk all the way down Via Guelfa and then continue going straight having the street turn into Via Degli Alfani and walk down several blocks, which is my favorite strip. There are so many nice shops and stores and people are always there. I then turn right onto Via Fiesolana and walk straight and pass my favorite coffee shop in, again symbolizing I’m almost at school. I continue down the street for three blocks and then turn left onto Corso Tintori.

it became second nature to me. Walking down that path is part of my daily routine, to the point where I don’t even think about how I’m going to get somewhere. If I start going down my set-path I will be able to find anywhere in Florence.

the first moment I walked into the courtyard and saw how beautiful it was. The natural look with the trees and the bush’s made my mouth gape open. It was a foreshadowing effect for what an amazing semester I would have at FUA.

I became a Florentine when: I felt confident being able to give directions to tourists who were lost. Being able to say confidently where the Duomo is and being able to recommend a good place to eat was a major moment that I felt at home in Florence.


Maria Smith Major: Communications Home University: Geneseo My path through Florence:

I realized this was my path when:

My favorite Italian word/phrase is:

When leaving Via San’t’Egidio apartment number 12, walk to the Santa Maria Nuova hospital and then cross the street through a side alley to arrive on Via Ollugio. From there, take a right until you arrive at the Duomo. On your left, there is a gelato shop named Eduardo. Grab a ticket number from the red dispenser that is located on the right side of the door and patiently wait in line for a sweet treat. I realized this was my path when I found out Eduardo’s serves cinnamon gelato. This gelato shop is very close to my apartment, which is both wonderful and dangerous.

I realized that this study abroad journey was my path from the moment I arrived in Florence. I have always wanted to study abroad, and for obvious reasons, the magical city of Florence was my choice in destination. The charming city enchanted me: Theo narrow streets, the ancient architecture, the colorful displays of food, the enthusiastic shouts of Italian made me feel alive. I highly recommend studying abroad to everyone. It is the opportunity of a lifetime, I cannot even begin to explain how much this city means to me.

My favorite Italian word has to be “gelato.” Not only does it represent a key aspect of my time here in florence, both Americans and Italia’s alike immediately know what you’re referring to. Not to mention, it’s delicious!

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Kristin Youngs Major: Accounting Home University: SUNY Geneseo

My path through Florence starts at my apartment on Sant’Egidio. I then walk down to the left of Sant’Egidio, past two squares, until I reach the closest 99 Cent store. After reaching the 99 Cent store, I turn right down the street where Pino’s sandwich shop is. I continue walking down this street until I reach Santa Croce, then continue my path until I reach Corso Tintori, where my classes take place.

city streets of Florence. Florence is not laid out like a grid, like New York City is. Instead, there are many narrow and diagonal streets that all seemed to blur together. After going to class a few times, I started to recognize certain stores and piazzas and could better map out my path. Since I take this path so many times a week to my classes, I realizes this would be my main path through Florence for the duration of the semester.

I realized this was my path when:

My most memorable moment at FUA was:

I realized this was my path after many days of getting lost on the

My most memorable moment at FUA thus far was the class field trip I took for my “From

My path through Florence:

Farm to Table Class.” The class took a bus to Pienza and toured the beautiful little city. Thus far, I have mainly only seen the larger Italian cities, so it was refreshing to see a small Italian town to compare to those in the United States. We tasted cheeses from a family owned shop; they were delicious. Next, we went to Montepulciano and toured an organic winery. The owners fed us all a homemade lunch, along with wines that complimented each course. We then toured and learned about the process of wine production.



FUA/Stony Brook Fall 2016