Cantina Visit and Our First Trip to Rome

Last Wednesday after school, we toured a local cantina (winery). The grapes are being harvested right now, so the cantina was in full operation during our tour.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our planned trip to Rome on Friday to see the Colosseum, the Forum and the Capitoline Museum was altered when we received a call on Thursday advising us that they would be closed for a one day strike. Fortunately our planned morning visit to the Catacombs of San Sebastiano could still go ahead.

The Catacombs are underground burial chambers located outside the ancient city wall of Rome. There is some 12 kms of tunnels connecting a multitude of chambers. One enters and leaves by the church. Photography underground is not permitted.

Our afternoon was spent at Ostia Antica which was the port town at the mouth of the Tiber River and designed to receive goods bound for Rome upriver. Over time, the harbour silted up, the river changed course and a malaria outbreak forced the townspeople to relocate as business deteriorated. The town and area were abandoned leaving for modern visitors a rich archaeological experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The whole school posing for a group shot in the theatre.

The whole school off to Rome for some free time!

Some of teachers at the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, our meeting point.