When I left my home town in the North, I wasn’t sure of what I should have expected from this exceptional experience.
Certainly, I planned to depart for fun and not only for my Italian lessons.
Why did I choose Italy?
Do I really have to tell you why I chose the most enchanting region in the world which sells the tastiest food I’ve ever enjoyed in my whole life?
Well, here we are, let’s describe the most fabulous adventure of a foreign lonely guy in Florence, Italy.
ITALIAN, TRULY BEEN MY INTEREST
As I was a teenager, I used to watch old films set in those excellent Italian cities: Rome, Naples, Florence and the exclusive Venice.
My family was able to travel around the world well before I was conceived and they kept reminding me how much they enjoyed Italy in all its shades: people, sightseeing, food, tradition and art.
So I spent my youth with this love for Italy and once I managed to graduate I promised myself I’d have had some time in Italy for both learning its tricky but so intimate language and savoring the savoury food.
EASY, BOOKING AND THEN JUST LEAVE!
I made many researches of which town I should go to and which school could have been the best for my desires. I chose Florence for so many reasons!
1st, its ideal position in a sort of way very convenient at the heart of the country and I’ll illustrate you later why this was a very important factor, and second for the school I chose among so countless others. Browsing experiences and testimonials online relating to Italian schools for foreigners, I nearly had no option but pick up its name!
I attended lessons at David Institute of Florence where I felt easily welcome and I was lucky enough to feel a high level of professionalism.
Mastering a new language is not a joke, moreover if we think to master a very difficult language as Italian is, but this school knows how to cope with that and I learned as much as I could in two weeks. I most likely can’t understand and translate the notorious Manzoni and his Promessi Sposi, but I’m now adequate to let people understand me and I even can be left alone in the streets without the problem of communication.
I made everything on line on davidschool.com and all I needed to do was just… LEAVE!
MY VERY FIRST DAY, HILARIOUS!
As I landed in Florence (yes, there is a tiny but efficient airport near the historical town) I was overloaded by the sound and the scents around me. I was in Italy, finally!
I collected my bags and called a taxi, everything was just going on well, until I tried to instruct my driver the location I had to get to.
He first understood David the famous masterpiece by Michelangelo and took me there, precisely in front of the Galleria dell’Accademia. Then, after many of explanations in my very confused and poor Italian, added to his quite deceptive English, he eventually showed me the entrance of the David School.
Quite amusing, isn’it?
AH, THE FOOD: A PIECE OF HEAVEN
I’ve always thought to be a person who doesn’t like eating that much. I mean, I can enjoy a good dish, but I’m not satisfied with cooking or eating in general. Well, this was way ahead of when I went to Florence.
I’ll never forget about their juicy Fiorentina, a sort of a very famous local t-bone renowned around the entire peninsula.
I treated myself like a king and I even got fat but it’s impossible not to eat while you are here, it is component of the experience in Italy.
Ice-creams, pizza, beef, pasta, salumi (jam, salame and other pieces of real heaven) are virtually everywhere around you and you can’t resist!
FLORENCE, THE KEY FOR DAYTIME ADVENTURES
I opted for Florence for its strategical position mainly because I wanted to have some trips during my stay. 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 wide and very well-connected railway system that allows you to reach virtually any place you desire.
Also if you want to stay in Florence only, you will need to be sure to have at least one week for sightseeing this dazzling city.
Its Uffizi, with work of arts by Botticelli as his Venus, must be reserved on time because everyday there is a decent waiting line of people patiently waiting at the entrance.
And as you stroll in Florence streets or along the glorious Ponte Vecchio, you can sense the genuine history all around you. This town hosted the most remarkable creative thinkers of the centuries: Leonardo, Dante, Lorenzo il Magnifico.
This is the birthplace of humanity knowledge, this is where Italian language was born and I was enough blessed to live here for two entire weeks.
LEARNING AND HAVING FUN!
After sensing a sense of freedom, I had to remind myself the reason of my trip 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 blast with locals!
We used to stay in groups after lessons and I immediately 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 find out by yourself and you won’t be upset!
Italian folks are so much fun and easy going, you will find yourself in an extraordinary atmosphere.
You won’t regret this investment, you will ultimately feel dissapointed about not having done that earlier!