Happy Valentine’s Day!



or everyone on this day of amore, we share with you an anonymous love note left on a wall outside Florence. I don’t know about you, but I am going to pretend it was left for me.
“With my soul and my heart, an “I love you forever” to my one and only princess.”
Le sigh.

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Ten Books to Read Before Coming to Florence

Saving_ItalyBooks have played a large role in my relationship with Florence, Italy and I wanted to share my some of my personal favorites. Here are ten books to read before coming to Florence, while you’re in Florence, if you miss Florence, or if you always wanted to go to Florence.
1. Saving Italy, Robert M. Edsel, 2013. By the author of the popular (and adapted for the big screen by Mr. Italy-loving George Clooney himself) Monuments Men. Saving Italy narrows his focus in this compelling read. He looks at the repercussions of war in a new way and pays respect to the unsung heroes who protected and saved Italy’s greatest artistic treasures during World War II.
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“France exists so that you can drive to Italy.” – James May

People have been thinking about, talking about, and writing about Italy for a long time. We think you’ll understand why when you go there. If you’ve already been, then you already get it. There is just something about the place. Tourists have been making the journey there since the Middle Ages, when the earliest form of tourism was pilgrimage. Now granted, Italy was the home of the Pope (at least most of the time!), but I don’t think anyone was “twisting their arms” to go there (ahem, except maybe God I guess, we are talking about pilgrims here). I digress. Italy. It’s just amazing. Here are some fun, funny, beautiful, and just plain memorable quotes about the place that Select Study Abroad holds so dear.

1. “A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority, from his not having seen what it is expected a man should see.” –Samuel Johnson Continue reading…

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