Well I made it to Italy! The travels were long and a little painful but I made it here in one piece and as a bonus so did my luggage. My first night here my roommates and I went out to a group dinner organized by one of the students, it was delicious! It was 20 euro for 4 courses, wine and dessert shots (limoncillo) at the end. I have realized that dinner is not a fast process in Italy, it took us about 2 1/2 hours to eat!
September 2nd was orientation day which took up most of the day. We did get a break for lunch and I got a chance to get a cell phone that works in the area. After the second part of orientation I walked around with some girls to explore the other side of the Arno River (Fiume Arno) and see the Piazzale Michelangiolo. At the Piazzale, there is a wonderful look out of the city and of course the replica of the David statue in the middle. That night the school set up a free dinner at a place called The Clubhouse, it was more American then the last place we had been the night before but still had 3 courses and great tiramisu!