Finally in Italy. Got here on the 2nd and am working on getting myself oriented to my surroundings. Orientation was a bit of a let down. Didn’t learn much outside of what was already given to you in information online and in the packets through the mail. Got to the post office to pay my permit of stay, paid my insurance as well this morning. Met a few people that are great fun to talk to. Rooming with 3 other girls. No problems with the rooming situation. So far it is great. The city is really amazing. Biggest tip I have had when it comes to shopping and getting items is to try to speak a little Italian. You get much further by attempting, people are friendlier and you can get better deals some places. Ordered Gelatto last night and was told to pick more flavors to add and price did not change. They were really friendly. So far the best meal was just a simple salami and pimento sandwich with roasted tomatoes and artichoke hearts.
Have wandered around a bit so far. Haven’t stopped anywhere yet. Plan to do some of that this weekend. Today I want to catch up on some sleep briefly. Then make dinner and walk around. After6 it is quieter and more peaceful. Much easier to see things and try and find your way around the city.
Gives you also a whole different viewpoint. Very beautiful at night and relaxed.
Hiked up to Michelangelo’s plaza. Amazing view of the city from there. A really nice hike and one I highly recommend, especially for the view. The bronze replica of the David is amazing to see as well.
After hiking Up I hiked back down and continued along the Arno. Crossed and went to see Santa Croche. The church is amazing to see. Classes start on Monday.That will be a bigger day and a longer day.