Arrivederci Firenze…

IMG_6864Ciao everyone,

Now I’ve been absolutely dreading this post since I first started blogging about Florence, since it meant that my Year Abroad had come to an end. It really was the best year of my life and I will never ever forget it. I left Florence on the 2nd August, so I’ve been back in sunny England for almost 3 months and now returned to the wonderful Reading Uni.

Florence is a beautiful city and I still consider it my home. The last few weeks there were amazing. I finished my internship at Ermanno Scervino on 28th June, which was an awesome few months, where I was able to experience working in an amazing fashion house. I met so many lovely people and Scervino has definitely become one of my favourite designers.  11217184_10153513400659524_5785283974566956206_n

July was my last month in Florence, Millie and I travelled to Cinque Terre and Sardinia, and I visited Verona with my brother, and most of all I chilled in the beautiful Florentine sun with un caffe latte freddo in hand, or the odd Spritz. The last few days were so emotional to say the least, and the thought of leaving Florence always bought a tear to my eye!! The parents arrived on the 29th July, 4 days before home time. It was a great last few days, we did the Fiat 500 tour again and we also did the Tuscan Wine and Food Safari from the same company, which was incredible – I definitely recommend it!!

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Moving out of the flat that had been my home for the past 11 months was so difficult and Millie and I had our final goodbye together before handing over our keys. Literally felt like that Friends episode! IT WAS THE END OF AN ERA!

Having my final 7 Brothers gelato sitting on the wall by the Ponte Vecchio, just like our usual Sunday afternoons.

Millie, her mum, my parents and I all went to Il Santo Bevitore for our final meal of the year. It is a fabulous restaurant, very Italian and the atmosphere is fab. That night there was a huge storm which was a way to finish the year abroad! Driving to the airport was a challenge to keep back the tears although it didn’t last long as once we took off in the plane, the tears rolled and rolled. Seeing the Duomo in the distance from the sky was like my final Ciao to the beautiful city. My university room now is practically a walk-in advertisement for Florence!!


Overall, Florence will always be in my heart and I cannot wait to head back for the weekend as soon as I can! Millie and I are already planning our next trip! As I said in my Instagram post;

‘There are no words to justify how amazing this year has been. It has been the best year of my life without question and it breaks my heart to think that I’m leaving. Thank you Florence for so many memories and you will forever be in my heart. Met amazing people and lived like a true Florentine. I will sincerely miss you Florence! However it is not the end, as Arnie says, “I’ll be back”. Until next time.

Arrivederci Firenze, ci vediamo presto’

So Thank you Firenze, See you soon!


Thanks to everyone who’s read my adventure and I’m sure I’ll continue to post the odd Florentine related post since there’s still so many places that I haven’t written about!

Here’s to my fourth and final year at Reading!!
A presto,

Alice xx


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