This past weekend, a group of 10 of us got to leave Trento, Italy (our home base for my UA Study Abroad trip, Engineering in Italy) and visit any place in Italy. We chose to make a 4-day trip, spending 2 days in Florence and 2 days in the Cinque Terre region of Italy. We arrived in Florence and immediately began to explore, passing through the Piazza del Duomo, home of the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, and then went through some of the street markets, where I bought myself a nice Italian leather wallet. After all this, we checked into our hotel, and then went and enjoyed a nice Pizza dinner. The next day, we got tickets to enter the Accademia Gallery in Florence, home of the famous Statue of David. The whole gallery was breathtaking, seeing hundreds of Florentine artworks dating back to before the Renaissance. The statue of David itself was breathtaking as it was bigger and more in-depth than I ever believed from pictures. After this, we enjoyed some nice meals and went to sleep. Our next day began with a train ride to Cinque Terre, a western coast region of Italy home to 5 coastal towns named, Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We spent most of our time in Manarola, where for 2 days we hiked and explored the mountains, and swam in the beautiful Ligurian Sea. Below you can see a photo of me with the beautiful town of Manarola behind me. The water here was like nothing I’d ever seen before. The water was clear as day, and you could even see the sea life roaming the ocean floor. After 4 long days of traveling, we made our way back to Trento, where we will continue our studies in Water Resource Engineering and much more!