S: Italy Summer 2011
FC: Italy Summer 2011
1: My Adventures In Italy For one summer we were able to explore much of Italy. An adventure that we will not soon forget. From half of our group getting stuck in the airport for two days at the beginning to wishing that we could stay longer, we have made memories and friendships that cannot be replaced. My favorite part of Italy was exploring the country even when we had no idea where we were going.
2: Nonna Adrianna Chiantini is such an amazing woman! She was able to raise two children all by herself and even have two beautiful houses. I had such a blast learning how to cook with her and also to try and understand her when she spoke her crazy fast italian! Nonna was known at Dante Alighieri as the host who spoke very fast and was an amazing cook! | Both of these things are definitely true! I think my favorite memory of Nonna is when she came home from the beach and showed Michelle her tan line from her bathing suit, basically she hadnt worn one and thought it was so funny to flash Michelle. I love Italian women! They are the funniest!
3: Edie Dean I loved our night at nonna's house in the campagna! it felt so italian and relaxed and i loved all the food. | Michelle Mettenet I loved the morning we spent at that bar by nonna's house. That was the best orzo and free pie we had. So fun! | Rebecca Spencer Scusa ma non bevo proprio il vino, ma lo beve Valentino. I liked standing in the sun all day with you at the palio and running all around Rome. Mostly I just liked hanging out with you everyday pretending we spoke Italian. | Heather White I loved sitting on my bed watching you and edie drag up the stairs like zombies after your roma escapade. lols. oh the the medieval festival with the real italians....and then sharing a cab with those hott australians or whatever they were...oops. model posing on the empty spanish steps (minus the photo bomber and gay couple). and gorging ourselves on nonna's food (especially when one of us was missing!) om nom nom. getting frisky at the contrada parties. and painting our nails while watching pretty little liars... | My Roommates!
4: siena | Siena was by far the best place for us to live. Surrounded by the beauty of Tuscany we were able to experience both a life of the city and the country. Siena has so much heritage and the people were so willing to let us share in it. that is something you cannot explain but only feel.
6: cibo italiano The food in Italy is beyond explanation. Sometimes we would joke that instead of traveling our way through Italy we were eating our way through it. I think that is a pretty fitting description. As told by many, the key to a long healthy life is to have a scoop of gelato every day. We tried really hard to follow that rule! | Pesto | Tiramisu | Pizza | Pasta | Gelato | Orzo | Bruschetta
7: Contrada Parties | We were able to go to 2 contrada parties in preparation for Palio. Everybody in the contrada, even children, would stay up until the wee hours of the morning dancing and celebrating for their team at Palio.
8: In Siena I was able to work at an awesome physical therapy clinic. To tell you how fitting it was, we worked with men on the Italian pre-national soccer team! I would go into work everyday for 3-5 hours for 6 weeks. At first my Italian was terrible. Nobody could understand me and I could not understand them. I started to help with massages, ultrasound, and stim and chat with the clients. By the end of the internship a new client asked me if I was from ROME! Who would have guessed? | Centro Medical Fisio-Gym, My Internship
9: The therapists were some of my favorite people that I met in Italy. | It was fun to talk to all of the clients everyday in Italian | Elena Tognaccini was a girl that I met in the clinic who took us around a lot which was super fun! We were even able to go to a Medieval festival with her and some of her friends. | Gulianno Giuseppe was the head of the clinic and an amazing physical therapist, even when he made fun of me for not having a boyfriend in italy
10: Rome | Our first weekend in Italy we embarked on our first adventure to Rome! In just three short days, including travel we were able to see the Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Sisteen Chapel, Trestevere, Spanish Steps, Vatican, and so much more. We ended up running from one place to another in order to see everything but still were able to enjoy ever minute of it!
11: Throwing the coin over your left shoulder so that you will make a return to Rome! | We found the best restaurant in Trastevere
14: Only our second week in Italy and we have already been to Rome and now we get to see the Palio! | Palio
15: After Palio we all followed the winning contrada to their church. It was such an amazing sight to see the people of the contrada crying, smiling and all feeling the win together. After Palio we all went to dinner at a cute little restaurant near Matt and Kristen's house. :Lets just say they may have the best pizza in Siena.
18: Venice was such a beautiful city. There are so many hidden gems in Venice that seem to be so often forgotten. Staying in an apartment was a fun change to the typical hostel that we had been staying in. If only we had been brave enough to go on a gondola ride... And then there was Verona. If Juliet really did live in Verona is was a fitting, charming town that I wish I could have spent more time in | Venice and Verona
21: This was one of my favorite trips that we were able to take in Italy. The scenery was just beautiful. I was able to go to another island off of Venice called Burano and I think it made my whole trip that weekend. The bright houses and cute markets in Burano were so fun. I need to make a trip back to Venice for sure. It is one of the most beautiful parts of Italy that I have seen so far. The old architecture and canals make you feel like you are either on a romantic getaway or in an action movie. It is unexplainable!
22: Florence | As soon as we arrived in Florence we immediately looked for a famous sandwich shop. Once we found it we knew why it was so famous. Needless to say we had more than a few, each. Florence was so full of life, from the leather markets to the people in the piazza. Needless to say The David was all and more than expected!
23: The leather market was such an adventure. You could easily, and usually do, get lost in this place. Merchants follow you around telling you how beautiful you would look in their clothing, with their bags, I even got proposed to by a young Italian working at the shop that I bought my leather purse at. | Ponte Vecchio is such a small bridge but full of such beauty. Everywhere you turned you were amazed at the amazing works of art that had been created by hand. I am really excited to come back here when I am married and buy some nice jewelry!
24: Cinque Terre | Three beautiful days on the northwest coast of Italy can change anybody's life. We learned to love pesto even more, swam in the most beautiful ocean and watched the sunset. Most definitely my favorite trip of the summer!
26: San Gimignano I loved being able to take a bus from where we lived basically anywhere in Italy. One fun, close by place was San Gimignano, home of the world's best ice cream! Needless to say we had to stop and have some! I traveled here with Rebecca one day and we spent the whole day walking around and enjoying the beautiful Tuscan scenery. Rebecca and I were able to make new friends wherever we went and even made some friends on the bus on the way to San GImignano. They were a fun mother and daughter from Oregon. Places like San Gimignano make you realize what history Italy has. You can see it on the walls and feel it as soon as you walk into the city.