By Hannah Hardin and Ashleigh Farrar
Monday: After a weekend of traveling, nothing feels better than going to a bar that makes you feel like home. With bartenders that know your name and an atmosphere reminiscent of your favorite college bar, you can’t beat a Lion’s Fountain Monday.
Our favorite drink: Magner’s cider. Don’t forget your wristband (1€) so you get that free shot with every drink.
Tuesday: If there is one thing that will get you out of bed after a wild Monday at Lion’s, it’s Astor breakfast. That moment when the waiter asks you for your pick of three breakfast items is almost as glorious as finding out it’s only 7 euro. Can’t stomach a full breakfast? Check out their amazing American iced coffee.
What to order: Scrambled eggs, pancakes, and sausage.
Wednesday: For that mid-week pick me up, we suggest running along the Arno. Mainly because of the breathtaking views and lack of cobblestones. Not to mention, it’s hard to get lost when your following the river. #fit #blessed
Best time to go: 8:00 AM, the only time you won’t have to dodge tourists.
Thursday: If we’re spending any significant amount of money, it’s at Brandy Melville. The clothes you want to (and will always) wear. Once you find that piece that you’re completely obsessed with, you can rest easy knowing that it comes in at least three different colors/patterns.
Our picks: Vintage flannels and one-size-fits-all ruffle shorts (Still unsure as to how the sizing works, but it just does. Trust the process.)
Friday: If you’re living in Florence and you haven’t experienced the Gusta Pizza food coma, you’re doing it wrong. The softest dough, the homemade sauce and DAT CHEESE DOE…dead, dying, dead. Just a heads up, don’t share (it’s weird). The best way to work off that food baby is to mosey on up to Piazzale Michelangelo (aka the best panoramic view of Florence). Bring a bottle of wine to sweeten the view.
Hannah’s fave: Gustapizza (Arugula, Mozzarella, Parmesan, Fresh Tomatoes)
Ashleigh’s fave: Margherita (Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, and Basil with a side of spicy oil)
Saturday: Let’s go to the beach, beach (let’s go get away)! Optimize your study abroad weekends by checking five towns off in one day. Cinque Terre (five lands) boasts the most beautiful views of the most colorful houses in Italy. It’s just a quick train or bus ride from Florence until you’re catching rays and sipping margaritas.
Must eat: Pesto and focaccia
Must do: Hike from Vernazza to Monterosso (4th to 5th town)
Sunday: Finish off the perfect week by sipping on a spritz along the banks of the Arno. Catch the sunset beneath lantern-lit trees with your gal pals and reminisce on what an epic week you had.
Must do: Aperitivo (buy a drink for free access to a buffet of free food)