When I left my home town in the South, I wasn’t sure of what I should have expected from this amazing adventure.
Surely, I planned to depart for fun and not only to learn italian.
Why did I choose Italy?
Do I really have to explain to you why I opted for the most enchanting country in the world which offers the tastiest food I’ve ever enjoyed in my whole life?
Well, here we are, let’s detail the most incredible journey of a foreign lonely lad in Florence, Italy.
ITALIAN, ALWAYS BEEN MY PASSION
As I was a child, I used to watch old movies set in those incredible Italian places: Rome, Naples, Florence and the unique Venice.
My family was inclined to travel around the world before I was conceived and they continued telling me how much they enjoyed Italy in all its shades: people, sightseeing, food, tradition and art.
So I lived with this appreciation for Italy and once I managed to graduate I promised myself I’d have spent some time in Italy for both learning its tricky but so passionate language and tasting the savoury food.
SIMPLE, RESERVING AND THEN JUST LEAVE!
I made many researches of which city I should go to and which school could have been the best for my needs. I opted for Florence for so many points!
First, its optimal position in a sort of way very convenient at the heart of the country and I’ll illustrate you later the reason why this was a very crucial factor, and 2nd for the school I chose amongst so many others. Browsing reviews and testimonials online regarding Italian schools for international students, I nearly had no choice but choose its name!
I attended courses at David Institute of Florence where I felt completely welcome and I was lucky enough to feel a high level of reliability.
Learning a new language is not a joke, moreover if we think to study a very tricky language as Italian is, but this school understands how to cope with that and I learned as much as I could in two weeks. I probably won’t be able to understand and translate the notorious Dante and his Divina Commedia, but I’m now adequate to let people understand me and I even can be left by myself in the streets without the issue of communication.
I made everything on line on davidschool.com and all I needed to do was just… LEAVE!
MY VERY FIRST DAY, COMEDIC!
As I landed in Florence (yes, there is a little but functional international airport near the historical city) I was bewildered by the loudness and the perfumes around me. I was in Italy, finally!
I picked up my luggage and called a taxi, almost everything was just going on well, until I made an effort to instruct my driver the destination I had to get to.
He first understood David the famous statue by Michelangelo and took me there, precisely in front of the Galleria dell’Accademia. Then, after many of explanations in my very mistaken and poor Italian, added to his quite deceptive English, he finally showed me the entrance of the David School.
Quite hilarious, isn’it?
AH, THE FOOD: A PIECE OF PARADISE
I’ve always thought to be a person who doesn’t like eating that much. I mean, I can enjoy a good recipe, but I’m not fond of cooking food or eating all in all. Well, this was way ahead of when I travelled to Florence.
I’ll never forget their delicious Fiorentina, a sort of a very popular local t-bone known around the entire peninsula.
I treated myself like a king and I even got fat but it’s extremely hard not to eat while you are here, it is component of the understanding Italy.
Ice-creams, pizza, beef, pasta, salumi (jam, salame and other pieces of real heaven) are virtually everywhere around you and you can’t refuse!
FLORENCE, THE SECRET FOR DAY TIME EXCURSIONS
I opted for Florence for its ideal location mainly because I planned to have some trips during my visit. I went to the Fashion Capital, Milan then Venice and Rome and I could move a lot thanks to the trains. From Florence you a have a large and very well-connected railway system that lets you to get to virtually any place you wish.
Also if you want to be in Florence only, you must be sure to have at least 1 week for sightseeing this incredible city.
Its Uffizi, with masterpieces by Botticelli as his Venus, should be booked on time because everyday there is a reasonable waiting line of tourists waiting at the entrance.
And as you walk by Florence streets or along the glorious Ponte Vecchio, you can sense the real historical past all around you. This city hosted the most remarkable minds of the centuries: Leonardo, Dante, Lorenzo il Magnifico.
This is the cradle of mankind knowledge, this is where Italian language was born and I was just enough blessed to live here for two entire weeks.
LEARNING AND HAVING A GREAT TIME!
After beginning to feel a sense of freedom, I had to prompt myself the reason of my travel to Florence: learn a new language!
I strived hard to learn and practice the most I could, but there was also a sufficient amount of time for us, the students, to have a good time with people!
We used to go out in groups after lessons and I instantly learnt that “aperitivo” is a great way to spend some time in an Italian club just before dinner time. I won’t tell you more, just discover by yourself and you won’t be upset!
Italian guys are so much fun and easy going, you will find yourself in an fascinating atmosphere.
You won’t regret this investment, you will eventually feel dissapointed about not having done that earlier!