Ciao Firenze! Ciao America!

Trip Start Aug 28, 2012
Trip End Dec 14, 2012

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Via Ghibellina, 98

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ciao to everybody! This will be my last post from Florence, as I am leaving on Friday! I can't wait to see all of you, and America!!

For the most part this week was studying, but I did a few cool things. On Thursday we stayed after class to listen to one of the speakers NYU brings to campus every few weeks. This week they brought Jim Messina, who ran Obama's campaign both in 2008 and this year, and was the former White House chief of staff. Needless to say, it was pretty cool to hear him talk. We got all sorts of insider white house info, which is very privileged information so I can't share it... But he also said that early on in the campaign they thought John Huntsman was a real threat, which I said about two years ago. So really the difference between me and the White House chief of staff is very small... 

Friday consisted of a lot of shopping, which made me very sad to leave the world of the best shoes ever. Saturday, however, I woke up early to go be cultural. We headed over the Palazzo Pitti, which is on the other side of the Arno. Most people don't make it all the way over there, because it is not in the tourist center of Florence. But the Palazzo itself is massive, with many different museums. We first saw all the apartments of the Palazzo. Most of them were still decorated the same way they were when the Medici's lived there. They were all modeled after Versailles, but they were even more extravagant. I have never seen more ornate ceilings, it was pretty cool! We also saw a room called the Sala Bianca, where everything was completely white. Chandeliers, walls, decorations, everything. It was used for the first fashion shows in Florence. Then we saw the costume gallery, which had the burial gowns of Elenora and Cosimo Medici. They were mostly disintegrated, but you could still get a pretty good idea of how they looked. After that, we went to the Museo degli Argenti, which is the silver museum. There I saw many things I wish I could own. After that we walked through the Boboli gardens in the freezing cold, and saw the Grotto! They don't open the Grotto very often, so that was a treat. The sculptures are all very old, and the grotto used to have water running through the entire small building. 

Sunday I was supposed to study. The apartments don't have heat in the afternoon though, so I didn't do that. Instead I went and finally saw the Synagogue here in Florence, which is a five minute walk from my apartment! It's called the oriental synagogue, mostly because it's surrounded by palm trees and is super colorful. They have a museum upstairs, with a lot of the history of the ghetto in Florence. The synagogue itself was huge, and every wall was covered in a really bright pattern. On the outside the dome is bright blue, so you can see it from every tower, and I wanted to go there for some time. I finally did it just in time to leave!

Thank you all so much for reading about my adventures this semester! I can't wait to see all of you, and hopefully if you ever come visit Italy now you know what to do! (And what not to do). Ciao!!

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