Florence, Italy: New Perspectives Through Photography

Erin Hopkins is a student at the Southern Nazarene University and an ISA Featured Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Florence, Italy.

Before I got to Florence, it would have been hard for me to believe that walking down the cobblestone streets lined by buildings that are a few hundred years old would become such a routine for me. At this point, I have lived in Florence just long enough for the initial disbelief of the fact that I live in such an incredible place to wear off. I know the streets. I am familiar with the churches. I can find my way to class, no problem, and that is where it starts to get dangerous. At this point in the semester, these things and places of incredible beauty and history have started to become somewhat normal to me. Sometimes, it takes a new perspective on the things I pass by every day and a refreshed mindset to really appreciate the incredibility of the fact that I live in a city like Florence. These photos are part of my renewed perspective on the beautiful place I call home, if only for the semester.

The Duomo, the central cathedral in Florence, at dusk before a storm.
A boat tour of the Arno, organized by ISA, gives a new perspective of the buildings and river we walk past every day.
A view of the city center from Piazzale Michelangelo with a Florence staple: gelato!
A walk in the streets of Florence as the sun rises gives the streets a new light.
A view of one of Florence’s many cathedrals from a window in Palazzo Piti, the previous home of the Medici family.
Details of the structures on the famous bridge, Ponte Vecchio.

The world awaits…discover it.

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