We traveled to Rome this past Saturday. While it only takes a few hours to drive to the Eternal City, we left Lanciano bright and early to ensure we had the full day to explore one of the most historically rich cities in the world.

We began with a walking tour of the historic centre, visiting the Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Vittorio Emmanuel II Monument.

At the Pantheon, Ms. Tozzi’s Italian Studies class broke off into groups and presented for the other students. They discussed the history and architectural genius behind this amazing building.

After a tour of the inside, Ms. K’s Chemistry class then presented on the topic of concrete. Interestingly, the Pantheon remains the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world. However, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the recipe for concrete was lost until being rediscovered in the 18th century. 

There was time in the afternoon for our students eat lunch and do some shopping. We met back at the Colosseum. There, the remaining students in Ms. Tozzi’s class completed their presentations.

Meanwhile, Mr. Knapp’s Physics class was busy measuring the volume of the Arch of Constantine.

Another few hours of free time followed the tours, then a rendezvous at the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument before returning to Lanciano. An amazing day with amazing people.