Our first trip of the second semester was to the Eternal City of Rome. We boarded the bus in the early morning and were greeted by a beautiful view of snow-capped Mount Maiella. We drove west through the Apennines and arrived in Rome just before lunch.
Upon arrival we split into three groups. I, along with Ms. Curtin and Mr. Menzella, took one group of students to Galleria Borghese. The gallery houses many famous works of art, but most impressive are the sculptures of Bernini, and the paintings of Caravaggio. Yet, before entering, we had to break for some snapshots.
After the tour, the students were free to explore the Villa Borghese gardens. For some, this involved Segways and strange bike-car hybrids.
A second group, led by Ms. Marinilli, explored the historic Jewish quarter and was guided through the Great Synagogue of Rome.
The third group was led by Mr. Knapp, Ms. Sevigny, and Ms. Tozzi, and set out to the Vatican Museums. The majority of this group was made up of our new students. Along the way to the Vatican, they visited the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, the Pantheon, and Piazza Navona.
We arrived back in Lanciano just before midnight after a long adventurous day. Like me, I imagine most students fell fast asleep as soon as they hit the bed.
Three days from now we set out on another adventure. This time to Venice!