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A Beautiful Day

There’s a reason why we all come to Tuscany. The desirable characteristics of this region of Italy are stamped on the international consciousness: Wine. Cypress trees. Delicious cuisine. Rolling green h...

The Pinacoteca Nazionale

It was ten in the morning. After cookies and tea for breakfast, I left my host family’s lofty apartment and stepped out onto Via Stalloreggi. I walked down the narrow medieval streets, pressed to their e...

Shared Stories

Who are we and where do we fit on this planet? How does our language (or languages) impact our inner essence? While at the Siena school for Liberal Arts for a two week intensive Deaf Studies program...

Doin' it Live with Deborah

I was sitting across the table from the coolest chick I’d ever met, having been invited out for an aperitivo in the piazza, recounting the tale of the Great Puglia Road Trip 2015. Over the spring/Easter b...

Texas or Tuscany?

If I said that last night we ate BBQ, wore cowboy hats, danced to a country rock band while watching folks ride a mechanical bull you might guess we were back in Austin Texas right? What if I told you...

No Sauce Left Behind

Have you ever been served pasta with a sauce so delectable you secretly wanted to lick the plate clean? pappardelle al ragu di cinghiale, local Senese pig The Italians have solved this age-old problem. They...

Warm Tuscan Sunsets, Warm Tuscan People

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” ~Freya Stark    This placeis finally beginning to feel like home. I started this semester incredibly ungro...

Vignettes from a Tuscan Cold Spell

I. “Amy, why are you bringing a sweater to Italy?” Back in the US, thatwas the question on everyone’s lips, with the unspoken implication that Siena would be some kind of beach paradise. Never mind t...

Meeting "Giorgio Bush"

Wow. What a weekend. These past three days have been so genuinely Italian, I could not have been more fortunate to be at the right place, at the right time. Friday was a wine tasting, production lesson,...

Allora…reflecting on my Siena Art summer e...

It’s my second time in awe-inspiring Siena. In July of 2014 I came here for a typeface design class. (That’s me on the far left!) It was a 2 week intensive course , taught by Professor Donald Tarallo. It w...

Travelling in Italy: Slow Down and Enjoy...

Over the long weekend my friends and I planned a trip to Rome. It was my first time, and as my host mom said “Finally! You are going to Rome!” It seems a little silly to have saved the trip to arguably the m...

Madrid, Seville, and Paris, All in Ten Days...

We went abroad to find new things and Siena continues to prove it was the best choice to satisfy the requirement. Not only does Siena offer innumerable unique opportunities of its own, but it also encourages ...

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Every class here is such an adventure! I especially enjoy the photography class. Everyday we are supposed to take at least one picture, this really makes us pay more attention to the special moments in...

Happy Halloween!

We present to you a true Ghost Story from our Italian student Sofia!!!

Living With My Host Family

Living with a host family has been one of the most rewarding aspects of my study abroad experience. Sharing a home with an Italian family has been fascinating, confusing, entertaining, and so many other t...

Under the Tuscan Shade: Demystifying the...

I called shotgun, ran to the car and we were on our way. San Gimignano, here we come. But, as we drove out of Siena, we realized that the car we were following knew the winding roads very well. We also...

Learning Italian is One Thing...

Learning Italian is one thing; learning how to use your Italian to initiate conversations with locals is another. But if studying abroad does anything for you, it gives you confidence to conquer foreign...

Immersion: But in What, Exactly?

Everything! So learn some Italian first! The term full immersion is thrown around a lot in the preparation process to study abroad and it begins to take on a blurry all-encompassing form that loses meaning. ...

Studying While Traveling

Traveling to different cities is one of the great things about studying in Italy, because each city is very unique. This past weekend the Art History class got to visit Florence. Being in the presence o...

Top 5 Things to Bring With You in Siena

I have only been in Siena, Italy for a short while, but I am already growing accustomed to the wonderfully slower pace of life. Time is different in Siena. The city itself has aged gracefully, and I can...
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