Pictures from Spring 2009

We had a lot of fun!

Added by Jenna Hayes
to the group "USF Students in Italy"
from the album "Cruising around the town..."
View from one of the bridges

Photo byAmanda BojanPhoto by Amanda Bojan

Nicole Worthem write about this pic: "best prof EVER"

Piazza de Republica Added by Jenna Hayes

posted by Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson

Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson's Photo - Climbing Florence


We made an awesome afredo sauce tho, we should package it and become rich and famous here in Florence..
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Tara Sandhya Rodriguez (St. Francis IL) wrote
at 9:06am on February 10th, 2009

They don't have Alfredo sauce here or heavy cream to make it. We actually learned that Alfredo is a name of a man that probably came to America and made the sauce for a restaurant, but Italians have no idea what the Alfredo is. Yesterday Jenna and I went to the store to try and find creme to make the sauce and they just looked at use like we were crazy. It might of been because or Italian was horrible or because creme is a dessert item not a ingredient. We had to improvise and make the sauce with milk instead but it turned out really well. We also sauteed some mushrooms to but in it as well.

Added by Tara Sandhya Rodriguez

Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson's Photo - Climbing Florence

Photo byAmanda BojanPhoto by Amanda Bojan

Tara Sandhya Rodriguez (St. Francis IL) wrote
at 9:01am on February 10th, 2009

Going out for a drink after class has a whole other meaning here. A drink is just that, a drink. The class with John went out and we had a really great discussion aobut St. Francis and his ego. It was nice to be able to have a conversation with people about something so deep while sitting in a bar. The night was a great one to walk around and take pictures on too. The lights fit the river off of the pantivecio just right and illuminate everything, its magical.

Florence at dusk by Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson
Florence at dusk by Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson

Duomo and Cathedral by University of Saint Francis student Jenny Hays

Another view of the Duomo and Cathedral by Jenny Hays


The University of Saint Francis of Joliet Il. is here in Florence (arrived 1/31/08)

We hope in these few pages to provide future students with information and inspiration.

___First week___

Tara Sandhya Rodriguez wrote at 6:20am
Florence is actually easier to walk around in then i expected, all you have to do is find a point of reference like the Dromo and everything else just kinda is branched out from that. The shops are crazy small and everything feels like its travel size. Milk doesn't come in a gallon it comes in a quart, nothing bigger. And all the cars look like ... Read More Tonka Toys. The keypad here is all in Italian too so i keep hitting the wrong button, but it helps you figure out what words mean like Block Maiusc is the Caps Lock!


Nick Matesevac (Tera's Boyfriend,USF & USF Italy Trip alum) Suggest that the group check out Florences Museum of Natural History: "Spiders, insects on pins, stuffed animals in glass cases, and wax bodies."

Here are some more details:

Florence's Museum of Natural History:

Several generations of the Medicis had collected with passion great artistic treasures, but also a wide range of natural treasures like fossils, animals, minerals and exotic plants. This material was used to create a Museum of Natural History.

For this reason, the prince purchased in 1771 the block of buildings situated next to the Pitti Palace, which still is the present-day location of the museum. "La Specola" was officially inaugurated in 1775; until the early years of the l9th century it was the only scientific museum specifically created for the public, with opening hours, guides and keepers. Today the philosophy of the museum is very much the same.

Today visitors have access to 34 rooms: 24 are dedicated to zoology and 10 to anatomic waxes.
The zoological section displays both recently acquired and old examples of animals preserved with the technique of taxidermy, such as the hippopotamus (shown on your left) that was apparently given to the Grand Duke in the second half of the 17th century and lived for a few years in the Boboli Gardens.

The Museum is particularly proud of its collection of anatomic waxes, an art introduced in Florence by Ludovico Cigoli (1559-1613), which enjoyed its maximum period of splendour and technical and scientific accuracy during the 18th century.
The most important pieces of the wax collection is represented by the group of waxes by Gaetano Zumbo (1656-1701), which possess an extraordinary artistic value besides representing excellent anatomical models..The wax collection, unique in the quantity and beauty of its pieces, was created in order to teach anatomy without having to directly observe a cadaver.

The interior of the museum also houses a very special area: the so-called Ttibune of Galileo designed and built in 1841 by the architect Giuseppe Martelli to celebrate the famous Tuscan scientist and to display his instruments together with those belonging to the Accademia del Cimento (this material is now displayed in the Museum of the History of Science). The room is decorated with frescoes and sculptured and inlaid marbles that illustrate some of the most important Italian scientific discovers from the Renaissance period to our days.


Thaddeus Kakeuko Henderson started his own blog titled:
A Black Man in Italy- here is an excerpt:

We loaded on the train to Florence and its so odd that I'm the stranger speaking a different language, but I am surprised at how many people speak some form of English. As we road the train we got to see what I call the Italian country side. It was truly amazing. On the train ride we saw so much. To the right of me I had hills that kissed the clouds, and to the left was the vineyards that made this country legendary.

Theadore, thats my Italian name