Marirose Aleardi

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Lessons from Monica

In The Art of Travel, 12. Strangers, Florence by Marirose Aleardi1 Comment

“Beep beep! Attenzione!” The somewhat shrill yet positively cheerful voice of Monica calls out from the front of the classroom. Monica is my Elementary Italian professor here at NYU Florence – which is no easy task considering the extent of my Italian knowledge before coming here was barely “Grazie.” This general lack of knowledge combined with the fact that my …

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A Tramp Abroad

In The Art of Travel, 11. Second book, Florence by Marirose Aleardi1 Comment

Mark Twain’s A Tramp Abroad is an entertaining story about foreign travel tales. Through his European travels, he depicts life across physical and cultural boarders, often questioning the meaning behind these new places and experiences. The end of his trip brings him to Italy where he visits Milan, Venice, Rome, and Florence – all Italian cities that I myself have …

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The Birth of Venus…and Art as We Know It

In The Art of Travel, 10. The Art of Place, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

The time of the Italian Renaissance was arguably one of the most influential periods in setting the cultural foundation for the world as we know it. Authors, philosophers, mathematicians – cultural geniuses if you will – finally were able to turn learning away from the church. It was from this point on people began believing there was more to the …

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Silvio Berlusconi: “Rockstar of the Year”

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Florence by Marirose Aleardi1 Comment

This was a great prompt to read as I sit on campus right after my second session of Italian Politics. Coming into the semester, I knew virtually nothing about how the Italian political system worked – let alone how it has transformed over the past hundred years. Furthermore, Italy is currently in the midst of their general election, sparking protests …

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Communicating with the Culture

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Florence by Marirose AleardiLeave a Comment

One of the first assignments I had upon arriving in Florence forced me to contemplate this topic. Before getting started with Italian class, all students were required to read Dianne Hales’s “Mother Tongue.” The passage reflects how language evolves to become a part of a society. The way we speak entails so much more than words and sentence structure; it …