Saturday, January 28, 2023
I had my second cooking lesson with my half-Italian friend, Kelle, and we learned how to make homemade ravioli from scratch! I mean, what’s more Italian than that? We had a few of our friends...
If you’re coming to live or stay in Florence for a few months, or just a few weeks, a weekend trip to Rome is definitely necessary! Rome’s history dates back to more than two and...
One of the many things I love about Florence is that there are so many small villages and towns just outside the city.  Each town is typically famous for a certain type of food or...
Food is such an integral part of Italy's culture, which I love, because who doesn’t like eating fresh and tasty Italian cuisine everyday? But dining out can add up here in Florence, so I decided...
This week the streets of Florence are filled with excitement around Pitti Immagine Uomo, literally translated as Pitti Image Man, fashion week. This means plenty of designers, models, and fashionistas are out flaunting the latest Italian trends....
Ciao a tutti! I’m Natalie, the new intern at studentsVille. I’ll be sharing everything I experience and learn from the Italian way of life for the rest of the summer, which I'm pretty excited about....
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Evi Reci, student at Political Science of Florence presents her last videoclip filmed in town.We know her personally and we really love and admire her style and her music, so we are very glad to present you...
“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”--Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat Pray Love
Studying abroad in Italy for 3 months, I knew I couldn’t leave here without visiting Rome. Rome is home to some of the most important and influential history in the world, the capital of Italy, and a huge city with so much to do and see in general. I finally made the trip last weekend, and it definitely was an eventful one! I’ll give you some advice to squeeze in all of the must-see sights while avoiding lines, tourist traps and ultimately making the most of your weekend.
"MANGIA MANGIA!!!” Something not so uncommonly heard as you roam the streets of Florence. I suppose Italian restaurant owners think that just talking about eating will remind passersby that their stomaches are empty and need filling...pronto!?There’s a remarkable amount of differences between dining out in the U.S. and dining out in Italy, that it’s hardly comparable. I feel as though going out in Italy is more about the food, and less about the experience. While in the U.S., surely the food is important, but Americans love being waited on and dining lavishly. It’s all about feeling like a “princess.” The food could taste like pond scum, yet if the room was decorated like the Monte Carlo, you bet the dinner wait for that restaurant is at least 3 hours. While Americans must have perfect service, a server waiting on them to the T, Italians do not put emphasis on this. In fact, I find it hard to even find a server or get their attention if I do find one. Their philosophy is more of a “I’ll take your order when I get around to it and you’ll get your food when you get it.” But the food...thats a whole new story. Since time is not important in Italy, rather, relaxing is key; the food is made to perfection, compared to the American philosophy of “as quick as possible!”

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