Florence Year Abroad Catch Up!!

 Hi all!

I’ve been so busy these past few weeks and they’ve just been slipping past me so quickly!! I can’t quite believe that I’ve almost finished my Internship at Ermanno Scervino and that I only have 2 months left here in Florence. Which literally brings a tear to my eye when I think about it!

So what have I been up so in the beautiful Florence?! Mainly balancing the piles of University work with interning! It’s definitely a task and requires a lot of hard work but I’m sure it’ll all pay off! But work aside, I’ve just been loving life here in Florence. I’ve had my Best Friends from Uni visit me on two occasions, which was lovely because I’ve missed them so much! When you’re used to being with people 24/7 for a year they become your sisters so it was the best being reunited with them! 

The parents also came to visit for the weekend which was lovely too! Millie’s Nan visited and then her cousin came, which was great! Had a good night out and showed them the Florentine nightlife!


Millie and I went to Rome a couple weeks ago to visit our friend who is doing her Erasmus there! Was so lovely to see her too and visit the Capital!! Florence seems so tiny in comparison and it’s amazing how different they are, yet they’re only an hour and a half train ride away from each other!!    

The weekends have been warm for the past few weeks, so we’ve been finding new gelateria gems around the city. Our favourites at the moment have to be 7 Brothers, where you make your own, the inner 5 year old definitely comes out to play there! And then Vivaldi which has the nicest coconut icecream with white chocolate chunks and also peanut flavour. I’m sold. It’s so so good.

Millie and I also found a place called ‘Ghecko’ run by a guy from Nottingham, who sold Pimms!! Millie and I were straight there!! It was so nostalgic and felt like we were back in London!! We also had pulled pork sandwiches which were fab and it reminded me of being back in Reading with Simoné making us her amazing pulled pork after our exams last year and having cocktails in the sun!

Last week Becky from Uni came to visit! So amazing to see her!! We went to Venice for the day and we were so lucky with the weather since it had rained everyday before! Although it did rain when we were heading back to the station eating icecream, so we looked like proper British tourists! Venice is beautiful and again so completely different to Florence and only 2 hours away by train!! So much culture and history and extremely easy to get lost! If I didn’t have google maps, I’d probably still be lost in one of the streets right now.

 When we were back in Florence we went to have THE sandwiches from All’Antico Vinaio – since it’s Dante Alighieri’s 750th birthday this month, Florence have been celebrating him throughout May, thus we felt obliged to have the Dante special, and there’s no surprise as to how amazing it was!!

On Saturday we did the Color Run! It was so much fun! I’ve always wanted to do it but every time I try to sign up for the one in London it’s always sold out!! It was held at Parco Cestine, which is just outside of the centre. I would seriously recommend anyone take part in it! It’s 5K but you don’t need to run! The majority walked the whole thing!


We also visited Forte do Belvedere where Kim and Kanye got married. I can totally see why they fell in love with it because the views are spectacular and has so much history to it. Although if I must admit the views from Piazzale Michelangelo are better!

And here we are! I’ve probably missed out a load of other stuff that I’ve done since my last post! This weekend I think we’re going shopping at the designer outlet, it’s meant to be sunny and hot so I suspect they’ll be gelato eating by Ponte Vecchio as per!

Trying not to think about leaving too much because I’ll literally cry for days. I remember people saying that the Year Abroad is the best year of your life and how you get ‘Erasmus Blues’, and I can totally relate. It’s been the most amazing year and I’ve met so many people and had so many experiences. I’m really looking forward to these next two months here in this beautiful city and going to make the most of it before that emotional one way plane journey home.

I hope you’re all well!

Lots of love,

A presto!

Alice xx


2 thoughts on “Florence Year Abroad Catch Up!!

  1. Thanks for sharing Alice! Your experiences are so amazing they make me wish for Italy again too. I’m crossing my fingers that we will get back next spring. Keep sharing – you are living the dream!


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