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Urbino Project 2014 | April 15, 2024

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About Urvi Patel

Urvi Patel

Urvi Patel

Time. It took me until my encounter with Italy to appreciate the importance of time and pace. I’ve learned to slow down and enjoy the culture and people around me, connecting with them rather than sprinting through life in a blur. Urbino is a captivating town, from its rich history to its renaissance architecture to its bursts of green and mountainous views. Surprisingly, tourists are virtually nonexistent here and I wouldn’t have it otherwise. Making my way on the cobblestones everyday, familiarizing myself with the language (attempting to at least), and being adopted by the locals helped make this the growing experience I needed. My mentors, whose positive vibes radiated throughout the program, helped me thrive as a journalist in all aspects. I was pleasantly surprised at how many passionate and driven individuals I connected with – students, interpreters, mentors, locals and all. Though a part of me will always remain within the quaint city walls, I hope to take back with me a little piece of Urbino. One day, I’ll bring that piece back, and experience it all over again, because if this is what falling in love feels like, I’d like to do it again.

Stories By Urvi Patel

The Empty Synagogue

June 26, 2014 |

Urbino’s once vibrant Jewish community is now down to a few residents.

URBINO, Italy – As the doors to the unmarked synagogue in Urbino are unlocked and you enter, curiosity heightens, followed by a wave of emptiness. The light, sneaking … Read More