Mina Riazi

Originally from San Juan Capistrano, California, Mina Riazi is a third-year student at the University of California, San Diego. In Florence, her studies encompass a wide variety of fascinating subjects from printmaking to Petrarch. In her free time, Mina enjoys writing and reading poetry, as well as baking, and then devouring, sweets.

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Florence treasures for 10 euro or less

By avoiding the well-known tourist destinations, it's possible to enjoy many of Florence's delights for less than 10 euro, But it involves some effort. For instance, it is easy to walk right by to the museum of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure without realizing it: the building'


Daycations: Scandicci

Daycations,' simpler than vacations and not nearly as costly, offer pleasant explorations of the blurry in-between. The frustrations of long-distance travel never apply to the daycation, the excursion requires only a smidgen of time, yet the shift in scenery makes the outing refreshing.   Lucky for Florentines and