We Return to Rome

 

CCI returned to Rome last Friday for our second tour of the Eternal City.

While it was an early departure, we were treated to some spectacular views of the Apennines as we headed west.

The group split into two upon arrival. The first headed to the Vatican Museums to view such artworks as Raphael’s School of Athens, and the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo. 

Below, is a photo of a group of students outside of St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by one of the many gorgeous ceilings within the museums.

 
 
Ms. Curtin and I led the second group to the National Gallery of Modern Art, or Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna (GNAM). The gallery houses work by such famous artists as Klimt, DeChirico, Degas, van Gogh, Pollock, and Mondrian.
 
 
 
Below, two of our boys are discussing the works of Lucio Fontana. This artist would slash his canvases with a knife.
 
 
 
 
 
I dare you to spot the difference in the next two photos!
 
 
 
After lunch, we reunited with the Vatican group at Castel Sant’Angelo. This building was built as a mausoleum by Emperor Hadrian in the second century. Much later it became a fortress for various popes. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Today, Castel Sant'Angelo is a museum with some of the greatest views of Rome. Of course, our students used the opportunity to take the goofiest photos possible.
 
 

 

Later on, there was free time to shopping, dining, and continued exploration. 

 
 
Some students stayed in Rome. Two boys were even fortunate enough to catch a glimpse of the Pope (though I still have trouble spotting him in this photo).
 

 

This tour marked the final trip of the semester. As of today’s posting, there is only one week left of school! Hard to imagine. Still, I know everyone is excited for time off, and to be with family.