Things to do, people to see, places to go

Lily Sokolowski is the API Peer Mentor at Texas Woman’s University. She studied with API in Florence, Italy.

“I saw David yesterday. He’s hot.” Granted the only David I knew was the forty year old café owner on my street, I was a little confused as to what exactly my friend was talking about. “Whaat?” I asked. “Yea, Michelangelo’s David. I saw him at the museum yesterday and he’s pretty fine.” Initially, I was caught a little off guard that that was how she chose to describe one of the most famous works of art in history. But, after visiting David myself, I couldn’t help but agree.

So maybe you aren’t an expert art critic, a history buff, or a food connoisseur. That doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the culture and enjoy the beauty and fun of everything your host country has to offer. For those of you in Florence, these are a few places you’re going to want to visit, no matter where your forte lies.

  1. Museums! Florence is home to the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries. Both of which are filled with some of the most renowned pieces of art from the Renaissance, (including David). And when I say filled, I mean filled! You definitely don’t want to tackle these all in one day. Thankfully, the API on-site directors are gracious enough to provide you with a museum pass so you can visit as often as you want, free of charge!
  2. Piazza Michelangelo – Look at that view! Need I say more?
  3. Parco delle Cascine  – This could be considered the Central Park of Florence. It’s one of the few parks in the city and is ideal for running, biking (you can rent bikes/roller blades), soccer games, and swimming. There is also a HUGE market every Tuesday morning where you can find great deals on items ranging from clothes to kitchenware to local foods. Oh yea, and did I mention its right along the Arno River so the sunsets are absolutely gorgeous?!
  4. Boboli Gardens – This is another oasis of green in a city dominated by cobblestone and concrete. The gardens are quite expansive, but very peaceful and breathtaking at every turn. They’re perfect for a Sunday stroll or if you need to study but don’t want to be cooped up inside. It’s also connected to the Pitti Palace for those of you that need to meet your history quota for the day!
  5. Soccer Games! These will undoubtedly unveil a side to the Italian culture that you can’t find in a museum. Plus, who doesn’t like buying soccer jerseys and watching Italian soccer players? Forza Viola!



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  1. We love this article! It is so informative! So many students don’t know about Parco delle Cascine, great place to visit!

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