Born and raised in Florence but a world citizen at the same time, Serena enjoys experiencing diverse cultures, and therefore, has traveled extensively both for pleasure and for studies in the fields of foreign languages and literature. From climbing the Kilimanjaro mountain to going deep into the heart of the Australian outback – following her interest in the Pacific Rim – she is always planning a new trip and a new discovery.
With ISI Florence almost since its foundation, she has guided students with their integration into the Florentine community and engagement with an authentic Italian setting.
“Break down the wall, get out of the American bubble and look at the world with new lenses. While learning about Italian culture you will discover your in-progress self-identity.”
She loves contemporary art and the young artistic vibe, which is why her favorite spots in Florence are the Oltrarno and S. Niccolò areas. There you can find artistic jewelers’ ateliers and other boutique artisan shops. Her favorite one is the street artist, Clet. Look for his sarcastic street signs all over the city!
Serena’s favorite quote is from Bruce Chatwin: “Travel does not merely broaden the mind, but makes the mind.”