Exploring Italy

The goal of most study abroad students is to travel to as many places as they can and squeeze in as much as possible into this one very special semester. For many of us, this semester is something we have been saving for for years. Studying abroad is such a unique time in our lives and we feel the need to take advantage of every second. This attitude leads most of the students on my program to travel outside of Rome every weekend. Lately, my weekends have been filled with trains and planes to different cities and countries, but this weekend, I focused on Italy.

There are so many things in my own backyard that I keep telling myself I have to do before this semester is over. I used this weekend to do several of those things (and catch up on some much needed sleep!).

This weekend, I had my first cappuccino in Italy…I know, I’m crazy for waiting this long. Usually, I just can’t bring myself to spend the extra money on a cappuccino when I can easily make a quick espresso in my apartment, but this weekend, I went for it at an adorable caffe called Er Baretto. It was amazing (and beautiful!)

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The next item I checked off my Italian bucket list…apertivo. Apertivo is supposed to be the course before dinner. You buy a drink and then are welcome to enjoy an unlimited buffet of various breads, pastas, rice dishes, and more. What apertivo actually is is a really cheap way to stuff your face with the best of Italian food. After only spending 9 euros and making many trips up to the buffet at Tiki Bar, I had enjoyed a delicious strawberry daiquiri, amazing food, and good times with friends. Apertivo is a total win.

Exploring Italy | The Pace

The best part of the weekend was finally accomplishing a big item on my to-do list…a wine tour through Tuscany. We started the tour in Florence and were then taken through the Chianti wine region to the Castello del Trebbio. This castle was built in 1184 by the Pazzi family, the second most important family in Italy at the time. We were taken to the room, known as the Conspiracy Room, where this family planned to assassinate the Medici family. Now, the Castello del Trebbio is owned by the Baj Macario family who actually lives there and produces incredible wine and olive oil. After touring rooms of the castle and the wine cellar, we tasted three types of wine and learned about the importance of sight, smell, and taste in a wine tasting experience.

I am definitely no closer to being a wine snob and still plan to enjoy my 1 Euro bottles of red wine (how can I resist such a steal?!), but now I have had the privilege of enjoying reserve wine made 100% from the native Tuscan grape, Sangiovese, and have knowledge about how to use my senses to tell the age and origin of wine. However, I’m still deciding whether or not to use this knowledge on the 1 Euro wine bottles…in that case, ignorance may be bliss 😉

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Thanks for a beautiful weekend, Italy. You never disappoint.

Baci, baci (kisses, kisses),


14 thoughts on “Exploring Italy

  1. These photos are so gorgeous! I’m glad you’re having a good time exploring right where you are. I’m studying abroad, too, and sometimes I feel the pressure to go gallivanting off to other corners of the world, but I think it’s also great to be able to focus on making the most of where you are! I’ve been to Rome once, but I would just love to explore more of Italy.

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    • I’m glad that as a fellow study abroad student, you understand the importance of exploring where you are! I hope you’re having an amazing semester so far and continue to have a great time!!


  2. Great post! I’ve been to Italy and feel the same way that you have expressed here! Cappuccino’s in Italy (or in any foreign country, that is) is always on my bucket list! I love the pictures; it really made me feel like I was back in Italy! I cannot wait to read more of what you have to offer!


  3. Oh wow, Italy looks so amazing! I definitely want to go there at some point of my life. Looks so incredible! Is there anywhere in particular you recommend visiting – out of curiosity?

    With Love, Fatema | creativeinthearts.blogspot.co.uk


    • Fatema,
      I definitely recommend visiting Rome…I may be biased because Rome is where I am studying all semester, but you definitely have to come here! Rome is obviously very touristy and historical, but there are also so many great neighborhoods outside of the touristy areas that are a lot of fun to explore. Smaller cities in Italy don’t always have that. I also really loved Florence, but you only need a day or two there because the city is so small.
      Wherever you go, you will have a great time because Italy is amazing!!


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