Gonzaga in Florence, Italy

A Zag student/fan is headed to Gonzaga University at Florence, Italy, and many other Zags reminisce about their time in the famous Italian city. This is taken from the message board.

Heading over to GU in florence!

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Just thought I'd check in to let people know I'll be heading over to visit GU in florence and I plan on letting them in on the dominating year GU has had thus far!! Anyone want me to relay a message to anyone over there?? Just thought I'd ask. By the way, we need the student body to go absolutely crazy for the Pepperdine game just like we did last year. I'll never forget that game. It ranks up as the 2nd greatest GU game I've seen live! The best was of course the Sweet 16 win against Florida in my sophomore year. Zagstradamus knows what I'm talking about!!!

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Zagaholic

RichmondZag, can you find out if Father Bruno is still there? I heard Father Via retired, but never heard anything about Bruno.

I envy you. I haven't been back to Europe since my days in Florence. Best time of my life.

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zagstradamus

They are both still there, but there is a rumor going around that Via is going to retire, which Bruno says he will too if Via does.

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Zagmantis2001

Find out if Una is still running the library. If you meet her tell her that her assistant from 1988-1989 says hello (initials LG). I think I left my sleeping bag there as well-could you pick it up for me?

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FrontRowFreak

Rumors are crazy about those two priests. Via is signed on for another year at least, which means that Bruno will stay with him. Last year they brought in Fr. Mike to be Via's apprentice, start learning Italian and getting the hang of running the place, but he isn't ready yet.

Bruno is still going strong for a sixty something and made it to the top of Kilimanjaro last spring. As for his replacement(s), he has a couple of young guys (went to GU-In-Flo two or three years ago) that have been organizing some pretty great trips for everyone.

Una is still at the helm of the library, still has pictures of ireland on her desk, and still loves Guiness.

Have a good time over there RICHMOND, make sure you hit Joshua Tree and Public House.

Go Zags.

Forza Gonzaga.

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scuzag

Gary ... is that you? THose were the days. Living next to you and ol' Bob C. Bruno sleeping on my floor for what...two months or so? I've been back since and it is never the same. See you around town.

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RICHMONDZAG

I will be sure to hit up Public House and good old Joshua tree. Those were two of the biggest hang out spots for us 2 years ago. When were you over there?? Ciao!

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NYCZagFanatic

Richmond Zag --

Don't forget to do at least ONE meal at a place that has been a Florentine "institution" for at least 30 years! It was the spot for group gatherings of my generation of Florentines when our parents visited (this was back in the Clement Regimbal / Tony Lehmann / Gemma Fumagalli era ..... a/k/a "ancient Etruscan history"?).

Was happy to find when we went over to visit our own kid (in the modern Fr. Via/ Fr. Bruno/ Una era) that i Latini is still a favorite dinner joint for large group gatherings whenever parents show up, wielding Visa Platinum cards. Although the Euro fear of "mucca pazza" makes ya poke the BEEF kind of CAREFULLY these days!

Never did get outside of town to find out if a place we used to call "Machiavelli's" is still there. It was another favorite destination --- a former country house turned into a restaurant with a well out front. "Reggie" used to line the place up for Thanksgiving banquets for the entire school. To get there on a non-banquet basis, you had to be on good terms with one of the Florentines who had bought a "share" in a VW van or a Beetle or even a CinqueCento. (In those simpler times, when both auto insurance and used cars were cheaper, kids would pool $ to buy vehicles and often made arrangements to resell them to friends who were heading over to Florence with the next year's group. Today it seems to be all motorscooters for the kids, I guess -- and STOLEN BIKES! Or should I say "gently used and heavily BORROWED" bikes?)

Joshua Tree is WAY TOO PLUSH. The current Florentines are WAY TOO SPOILED by that place. Pool, Foosball, Birra Pieroni, house wine and grumpy old "locals" wearing worker overalls and griping about the "raggazzi Americani" with their long hippie hair were the "order of the day" for hanging out at the AMERICAN BAR (or "AB") ..... a place that no longer exists.

Have a great trip ... don't forget to kiss the pig!

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zagstradamus

All i have to say is LA SPADA!!!!!

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Zagaholic

I was there in 95-96, and I don't remember this place. I do have fond memories of La Spada, though. I used to go there a lot on the weekends for takeout. My friend got the tripe once just to see what it was like. He got about one spoonful down before he threw it away. I can still remember the smell of that tripe.

I also heard they built 1 or 2 McDonald's in Florence. When I was there, the locals were adamant against letting Mickey D's enter their fine city. I guess they changed their mind or got offered more money. The closest McDonald's was in Bologna.

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GUjoe

Was there a few months ago and I am pretty much certain that most of the kids (ones that want to) are following the Zags every game.

Fr. Via does not feel well and really has to retire. He is having great difficulty walking. Fr. Mike will do just fine.

Had the fondest memory of sharing wine with Fr. Tony right before he came back in Oct. To all; don't take for granted the times you spend with all of these great men......

"a good wine is a wine you like" Bruno

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RICHMONDZAG

I completely agree with everything that people are saying. Florence is incredible. La Spada was the main attraction the whole time we were there for cheap, great food. The "Bruno Special" is awesome. I followed the Zags over the internet the whole time I was there. It was hard during March not knowing everything, but we celebrated hard when GU beat St. John's for the second sweet 16 we went to! Good times!

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ZagTosis

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I was there in 90-91 and used to get La Spada to go all the time. I can't believe that they have McD's in Firenze. That stuff if pure dog food. To anyone who is over there: don't let your guard down and buy that crap-the food in Italy is amazing, so wait till you get home to have a Big Mac.

Is Scorpione (over by the Uffizi) still in business? Those were the days...

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Bulldog48

Yeh, I was there last year, and took in a little too much of the vino and pasta and mistook the kitchen for the bathroom. Great posts by everyone, I cant wait to go back. Have fun over there Richmond. I think McDonalds in Florence is great. Although, I would much rather have a wholesome Italian meal, they had the best 2,000 Lira specials last year. Every day of the week. Chicken sandwich Thursday was always the favorite before we got on the overnight train for wherever. They also had the McSwino and McPinks (which you cant find in the states). Those pork burgers really hit the spot at 830 in the morning to kick off Carnes' painful three class block. And Il Latini was the greatest. Ciao.

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FrontRowFreak

McSwine...wasn't as good as the McChickens, but neither one of them have enough mayonaise on them.


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