Olivia Rescigno, Muhlenberg College
Semester Physical Theatre Program
As a first time international traveler, the second I saw the yellow villa come into sight, a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. In that moment, it hit me that I was actually in Italy and the beautiful yellow structure with green shutters was going to be my new home for the next three months. As I was unpacking I had all of these emotions flowing through my head; I was scared, excited, nervous etc. Before I knew it, it was time for dinner. I was thrilled for my first meal in Italy, and it certainly did not disappoint. Between the pasta and the bread, I was in my glory! Towards the end of the meal, I looked up to notice the sky was ignited with red, orange, and light pink as the sun was setting. We all ran on top of the Teatrino and reveled in how gorgeous it was. After the breathtaking view and going out on the town, it was time for bed…that was when it hit me. I knew that I was going to miss my family, friends, and rambunctious Scottish Terrier, but I did not expect it to hit me the first night. While I tried to focus on the bright side such as the food and stunning sunset, I was nervous for classes, anxious about making friends, and wondering if I could actually be away from home for three months. Now that it has been a little over a week and I have gone through classes and got to know some pretty amazing people that I cannot believe have not been in my life until now, I can say that these feelings of anxiety have subsided. This first week has helped me realize that it is okay to not feel okay at first when experiencing something totally new; it takes time to adjust. I am beyond excited for all of the beautiful sunsets, delicious pasta, and treks into town that are in store for the next few months!
Myriam Burger, Sarah Lawrence College
Semester Physical Theatre Program
My first week at the Accademia was full of ups and downs—literally. Tuscany is very hilly lol. And also, of course, emotionally. There have been moments of breathtaking beauty: watching the sunset with my friends on top of the Teatrino each night; singing together, moving together, sweating together; eating gelato, gelato, gelato. And much more: we had our first open mic on Friday, and the amount of support and love that filled that room as my friends made their beautiful art, sang and moved their hearts out, brought me to tears multiple times. Our first movement class was similarly incredible: our first exercise was to walk around the room and as we encountered people to pause and spend a moment with them. We were to do an action that they would follow and then reverse it so that they would do something that we would follow. However, quickly these moments of connection became mutual fires: we would breath together and let our bodies move, the words leader and follower erased from our minds, merely allowing our bodies to be moved by kinetic energy or some external force. We all just allowed. It was truly one of the most incredible classes I’ve ever taken. Moving your body in a room full of people who are just so open is an incredible experience. Pure human connection!!!
These were some of my favorite moments of the first week, but to be clear, it hasn’t all been sunsets and beauty. There have also been moments of loneliness and homesickness. Moments of feeling like I don’t belong. Moments of confusion and feeling lost. My advice to you, perspective future ADA student, is if those feelings creep up on you, spend some time with them. Acknowledge them. Feel them. And then run to the top of the Teatrino and DANCE. There is something magic about that place, where you can see all of Arezzo spread out beneath you, mountains and trees surrounding everything, the sky vast. Go up there and listen to your music and shake your body around and bring yourself back to center. Honestly, even if you aren’t feeling down, go up there and dance by yourself. It can be hard to be surrounded by the same people all the time (even though I love these humans so much), and time spent for you by you with you is precious.
Aliza Saper, Coastal Carolina University
One Year Physical Theatre Program
students. From the walks into town, to the trains that take you into different regions and
countries. Whatever a student decides to do with their time here, it will not be put to waste.
However, given all of the opportunities that are offered here, I will be taking this page to talk
about only two.
extraordinaire”, let alone find all the ins and outs of the town itself. Having said that, there are
two particular experiences that have stood out among the others.
The first is the annual joust that occurs in the town square. It takes place the first
weekend in September every year, and is a highly anticipated event among the locals. The town
of Arezzo itself is divided up into four different “areas” that have their own subcultures and
mannerisms. These areas are the different teams represented in the joust.
Times. The results of the joust and the pride of each team is taken extremely personally by each
individual of the town. Having said that, the officials in charge of the joust have taken the safety
of each rider and even the horses into account and have come up with an alternate form of riding
At the top of one of the many hills in Arezzo lies Academia dell’Arte, the school where I
have the pleasure of spending an entire semester studying and honing my chosen craft. The villa
itself has 2 main buildings, and several other smaller structures for various needs and purposes.
The roof of one of these buildings has a stairway leading down to the grown, so the roof is more
like a patio.
That roof has one of the best views of the town that the entire terrain has to offer. And
almost every night, groups of students will head up there right after dinner to watch the sunset.
These small but beautiful handful of moments offer a sense of beauty and wonder to the whole community of the school.