Author: Cristina Di Loreto

Dr. Cristina Di Loreto is a clinical psychologist and a member of the professional association of psychologists of Tuscany ( She has an office in Florence, where she leads autobiographical writing workshops. She is also the vice-president of Cerchioblu, which provides psychological support and other services to police and emergency workers.
February 5, 2015

How to make the most of your semester in Florence

If you are planning to come to Florence for a semester, then you already know that you’ve picked one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Whether you are heading to Florence to study Italian, the arts, history or another area, one thing is sure: you will
January 15, 2015

How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

I will go jogging along the Arno for an hour every day. I will go to the gym five days a week. I will learn to play the guitar. I will keep casa mia cleaner. I will eat less pasta and more salad.   How many New Year’
November 6, 2014

Making the moment count

‘The true delight is in the finding out rather than in the knowing’ — Isaac Asimov   We are all busy—perhaps too busy—and life feels often like it is whizzing by us as we are always looking ahead to what’s next on the schedule. Are we really listening as we talk with that friend as […]
October 2, 2014


“To have another language is to possess a second soul.” —Charlemagne   The experience of studying or living abroad is an experience you treasure forever, and learning the language of that country can make all the difference. Likewise, those in their home country who are learning a new language for work or personal reasons find […]
September 11, 2014


It happens to many students abroad: you are feeling the breeze upon your face, seeing friends smiling, eating delicious food—aware that it is not your usual breeze, not familiar smiles, and that the cappuccino and cornetto are making you yearn for your mom’s breakfast. And then
July 3, 2014

Take the stress out

“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” ― David Mitchell   While travel can be exciting, it can be upsetting, too: everything is unfamiliar, from food to language and the basic landmarks of your surroundings. You are removed from your familiar routine. Plus, of course, the best-made plans will inevitably be derailed by things beyond your […]