Study Abroad

Restful Week in Italy

Hello darlings! This weekend was luckily a very laidback one. Saturday, my school went to Assisi to see the Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi and went to the Perugina chocolate factory.

Wednesday, our friend from home came with his brother and his brother’s friends. We showed them the best view of Siena: the top of the Arch. It was Micky, Courtney and my first time being up there. I was amazed how much you can see from the top of it! If you’re ever in Siena go on the top of the Arch! It is well worth the 7 Euros.

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Thursday, we went for apertivio! It was my first time going go I was pretty excited. Since dinner is so late in Italy (around 8), Italians typically have apertivio before dinner. Apertivio is typically meat, cheese, and wine.

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Saturday, our eyes popped out of our heads when we saw the Basilica of Saint Francis. I did not think I was going to like Assisi as much as I did! If you ever have the chance I would recommend going to Assisi because it’s this quaint little town with pink stone buildings and beautiful little shops. Plus some of the views are insane. 

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Some funny Saint Francis cups, mugs, and shot glasses.


Courtney and I found this adorable little shop with these flowers on the outside.


I also ate this wonderful thing:


As I said in my previous post, I go to school at a Franciscan Catholic school. So seeing the Basilica of Saint Francis was a really incredible thing to see. I didn’t expect the church to be as breathtaking as it was. I’ve been to a few countries and I always end up in their churches. This one was by far the most incredible one I’ve seen (so far). The amount of detail in every nook and cranny was unreal. Even the wooden seats were incredibly detailed.

After we saw the Basilica, we went to the Perugina chocolate factory where we all ate far too much chocolate. Here is just a sample of how much chocolate we sampled:


Sunday, Courtney and I wandered the streets of Siena. We ended up finding a place that had dried fruit. Then I went home and started studying for my midterm this Friday.

I finally took a picture of one of the cats I’m staying with. This is the one that lets me pet it. I still don’t know his name. I’ve been calling him Fabio.


I’m glad this weekend was a restful one because the week coming up will be a very busy one. I have a midterm exam on the 23rd and then later that night I fly to Barcelona. I’ll be in Barcelona for 3 days, Paris for 2 days, and London for 4 days. I’m so incredibly excited! Expect a few post about these cities the first week of November. I’m excited to show you my adventure! If you have any recommendations for things to see or eat in those three cities let me know!

As always,

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