A Day in The Life of A Student in Florence

Sarah Majestro is a student at West Virginia University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

Waking up in Florence never gets old. My morning always starts at my favorite coffee shop. Every morning the barista, Mariella, greets my roommates and I by name and with a smiley, “Ciao!”

My usual morning latte and pastry.

Then its off to class, where we often leave the classroom to see Florence’s most beautiful works of art.

The Duomo, Florence’s most famous landmark is just around the corner from school and makes for a great field trip.


A work of art in the outdoor sculpture collection of Plazza Vecchio.

After class, students can be found wandering the streets of Florence, taking in the culture and art, or maybe doing a little bit of shopping at an open air market.

A street artist draws with chalk on the side of the rose.


A street performer plays his accordion for passersby at Piazza del Duomo.


An artist paints the Florence skyline on the sidewalk while displaying the other works of art he has for sale.


Apples for sale at an outdoor market.

Of course there’s always time for a quick gelato fix!

Strawberry and coffee gelato with a touch of whipped cream! Yum!

One of the best parts of living in Italy is the food. Dinner is an event here, full of laughter and lots of food.

Spaghetti  with marina sauce! A dinner staple in Italy.

Finally, my absolute favorite thing to do in Florence: watching the sunset at Piazzale Michelangelo. Every night hundreds of people climb up to this amazing overlook of the city and sit together on steps while the sun sets behind Florence. Coming up here with some good friends and taking in this amazing view with soft music in the background has made for my favorite nights abroad.

The amazing view from Piazzale Michelangelo.


The beautiful sunset over Florence from the stairs of Piazzale Michelangelo.

The world awaits…discover it.

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