My favorite place in the world is, without a doubt, a small town in Italy called Arezzo. For those of you who don’t know, Arezzo is where the Italian OU campus is. I was lucky enough to visit the city when I participated in the Organic Chemistry in Italy study abroad program (you can read about those adventures here). One of the main reasons I love Arezzo so much is that is really isn’t a touristy city. While on that trip I also got to go to Rome, Venice, Florence, and Assissi to name a few, and all of the other places I went were total tourist traps. But Arezzo always seemed so genuine to me. I couldn’t help but fall in love.
My favorite place in Arezzo was a restaurant called Antica Osteria L’Angia. It was run by the sweetest lady and she made the best food I’ve ever had in my entire life – but don’t tell my mother I said that. I ate at the restaurant at least three times a week, and I met the owner. She was so sweet and when I told her I was leaving and that her restaurant was what I would miss the most, she hugged me and told me to come back some day. I don’t know when but one day I will!
Part of the beauty of Arezzo was that I lived in an apartment, so I had a more authentic experience there. There was even a joust I got to go see! It’s a huge event for the city; the different quarters compete against each other and there’s a huge festival to go with it. My city quarter didn’t win, but I think we were cheated!
On weekends I got to take trips to different parts of Italy, but my favorite was my trip to Venice. Venice is an absolutely beautiful city and it actually surpassed my expectations. All I ever heard about Venice was that it was pretty but also really gross. It wasn’t though! The city was beautiful and it has a really unique culture that’s a little different from the rest of Italy. The even have a mask festival every year!
If I could move to Italy I would do it in a heartbeat! It is definitely my favorite place and I can’t wait to go back one day.
- Personal photo of Arezzo, Italy. Taken June 2015
- High altitude photo of Arezzo, Italy. Source: Wikimedia
- Personal photo of entrance to Antica Osteria L’Angia entrance. Taken March 2017.
- Photo of jousting run of Sanctus Spriritus quarter. Source: Wikimedia
- Personal photo of the Grand Canal in Venice. Taken June 2015