We traveled to Rome this past Saturday. Being situated so close to the Eternal City allows CCI to travel there multiple times each year.  We left bright and early so as to make the most of the day.

Rome, which is nearly 3000 years old, is one of the most historically rich cities in the world. We began our day by visiting some of its most famous sites: The Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and Pantheon. Before all that, we walked through the beautiful Borghese Gardens to a look-out above the city.

At the Spanish Steps, which have recently been restored, Ms. Tozzi’s Italian Studies class gave a terrific presentation on Rome. From there, it was a short walk to the Trevi Fountain.

Next, it was on to the Pantheon. The building is nearly 2000 years old, and is one of the best-preserved examples of ancient Roman architecture. Its dome is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world, and was an inspiration for Brunelleschi before he was commissioned to finish the Duomo in Florence.

Students then had free time to eat some lunch and explore the city on their own.

We met back at the Colosseum where we split into two. My group entered the Colosseum to learn more about this spectacular amphitheatre and then had the option to tour the Forum. The second group was mostly returning students who had been to the Colosseum before. They headed straight to the Forum, which most had never visited, as we were rained out last year.

We regrouped at Piazza Venezia at the end of the day to make our way back to Lanciano.

It was a long day for everyone, yet Mr. Piscina and Mr. Knapp had the energy to confiscate some prohibited snacks.
Look at how proud they are!

I must thank all of the teachers for ensuring we had a successful first trip to Rome. As well, thank you Marie Pierre for taking many of the photos for this blog.