While in Florence, we also took a day trip out to Pisa. Pisa is located in the country side of the Tuscany region of Italy. Pisa is home to the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa. While in Pisa, we also had the opportunity to tour a local winery before we headed back to Florence for the night.
Since arriving in Italy, I have traveled all over the country and seen a ton of towns and cities. Florence has by far been my favorite. Florence is famous for the Florence Cathedral, and the Il Duomo. It is also home of the David statue, and many other beautiful statues and buildings all of over the city. We wandered the scenery of Florence for hours without realizing it. This was official last travel weekend of CIMBA, and I’m so happy I chose to end it in Florence.
Marostica is a small town about 45 minutes from Paderno del Grappa. It is the home of the Piazza Castle, and is known as the “City of Chess”. In the center of the city there is a giant chess board, and every two years the locals enact a medieval chess game complete with horses and armor. The chess game is part of a large medieval festival, and the participants use themselves as human chess pieces.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to see Rome. I finally fulfilled that dream by traveling there on our first three day weekend. My group had a full weekend. We saw the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Vatican, made a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon. Along with all the sightseeing, we also ate some incredible meals, and wondered the city until we got lost.
Bassano is a small town located about thirty minutes from the CIMBA campus. Bassano is known for the Bridge of the Alpini, and is a very fun place to relax in the evenings. Bassano is also famous for inventing the Italian spirit called Grappa, which most Italians use as an after diner drink.
This weekend I travelled to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a collection of five villages on the eastern coast of Italy. Each of the villages has their own unique feel, and you can hike between the five of them. My friends and I stayed in Vernazza for the weekend, and we also had the opportunity to hike to Monterosso, and Riggamore.
Today we made it out to the former residence of Ernest Hemingway, the town of Asolo. It also has a beautiful castle over looking the countryside of Venezia.
Today I had the unique opportunity to attend the Giro’dItalia, which is Italia’s version of the Tour de France. The race passed through through a nearby Italian town so a group of us walked over to take part in the festivities.
Welcome to my blog! My name is Austin Terry, and I will be traveling to Paderno Del Grappa, Italy to study abroad. I am majoring in Marketing, and minoring in Supply Chain Management at the Walton College School of Business. I am from Houston, Texas, and I have never been out of North America. I am very excited to travel to Europe, and experience a culture different from my own. During my time abroad, I hope to gain a broader world view, and a real world understanding of global marketing. I have chosen to study abroad through the CIMBA program, and I will be in Italy from May 15 to June 10. CIMBA takes students and from professors from all over the United States, so I can’t wait for the opportunity network and learn from people from all across the country.
I will be posting tons of photos when I arrive in Italy, but for now enjoy a saved photo of Paderno Del Grappa!