463 Steps to the Best View of Florence

While studying abroad in Florence, climbing to the top of the Duomo is a must. To get to the amazing view, you climb 463 steps through tight corridors in the interior of the dome. But, these steep stairs weren’t originally meant for public use. The corridors were meant for the workmen to perform maintenance on […]

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Chianti Countryside

Known as the wine region of Tuscany, Chianti is the perfect getaway from busy Florence. Hike through the winding grape vineyards and end your excursion at a delicious wine tasting paired with classic Italian pasta. Location: Chianti, Italy  

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The Musée du Louvre

Originally built in 1190 as a fortress, and then turned into a Royal Palace in the 16th century, the Louvre did not officially open as a museum until the French Monarchy moved to the Palace of Versailles in 1793. When the Louvre museum was first opened to the public, it held only 573 paintings. Now, […]

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Discovering the East Side Gallery

Once the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is now the longest open air gallery in the world. Running a total of 1.3 kilometers, the gallery holds both great beauty and an insight into history. The wall separating  East Berlin and West Germany was officially taken down on November 9th 1989, and immediately 118 artists […]

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Buckets of Fun in Monterosso

Monterosso, one of the 5 villages of “Cinque Terre” is filled with beautiful beaches, fresh fried seafood, pesto, and buckets of fruity drinks. Monterosso is the perfect day trip to discover the beauty of Cinque Terre. Location: Monterosso, Italy, Cinque Terre Photo Credits: Caitlin Brunnock

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Windy Day at the Duomo

Whether your studying in Florence or just visiting, climbing the Duomo is a must-do. This weekend, I trekked up 463 steps to the top of this monument. There were many times where I felt I needed to turn around due to my fear of small spaces, however it was well worth the discomfort. When I finally […]

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