In the same weekend, I toured the ruins of Pompeii and hiked to the summit of Mt. Vesuvius. I got to experience firsthand the destruction the volcano caused and then faced it head on, peering into its gaping crater. Pompeii was one of the activities I was most looking forward to on this trip. Something … Continue reading The Ruins and the Villain
I may have been sick our whole weekend in Sorrento and Capri, but one thing I didn’t miss out on was our excursion into the Blue Grotto, which is famous for only being accessible during peak conditions of low tides and calm seas. We took what was supposed to be a two-hour boat tour around … Continue reading The Blue Grotto: Capri’s Hidden Treasure
One of the main attractions that comes to mind when most people think of Italy is the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The iconic “holding up the tower” photos are on every tourist’s bucket list so of course it was one of our must-sees as well. My two roommates and I booked train tickets (only 18 … Continue reading You want a PISA me?
We left water-surrounded Florida a week ago only to return to the water on a weekend trip to Venice, Italy. We took a high-speed train about two hours to get to Venice. We were told once we see water, that’s our stop to get off. Even as a Floridian, I was so amazed at how … Continue reading Under the Venetian Sun
Once we were settled into our apartments in Florence, it was time to tackle living like a real Italian and hit up the grocery store. My roommates and I wanted to have enough food in our apartment so we don’t have to eat out three meals a day. While it was easier than I expected … Continue reading Grocery Shopping: Italian Edition
They always say to go the extra mile. Well, we went the extra mile and then some. The original plan was to fly to Frankfurt, Germany, at 4:55, have a four-hour layover, and then fly to Florence, Italy, and be there by 2 p.m. However, on the way to the Miami airport, we found out … Continue reading Strike One
One day I was walking across the O’Connell Center stage in my cap and gown, and the next day I was on a flight to Italy. I graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a minor in Florida teaching May 6, and left for a month-long study abroad … Continue reading From One Milestone to the Next
Samantha Hyatt is a University of Florida student studying abroad during Summer 2018 in Florence, Italy. To learn more about Samantha's program, click here: UF in Florence - Journalism. What is your year and academic concentration? I actually graduated from UF the day before I left for Italy! I earned my Bachelor's degree in public relations … Continue reading Samantha H.: Summer in Florence