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A Once-In-a-Lifetime Experience

Yesterday and today were been jam-packed. We loaded the bus and left Florence very early yesterday morning and started our trek to Rome. On the way, we stopped in the beautiful city of Assisi. Here we toured the Basilica of St. Francis, ate the best pizza I have ever had and marveled at the beautiful views.

The town of Assisi is situated on top of a very high hill, which offers the best view of the landscape that surrounds the town. After about an hour in Assisi we made our way to the Cooperativa Ditrevi, an olive oil factory. Here, we toured the factory and sampled tons of delicious oil. This was such a neat surprise and very educational. The next stop was finally Rome.

The Trevi Fountain
Throwing three coins in the Trevi Fountain is supposed bring good fortunes your way.

Rome has been an amazing experience so far. Last night, our wonderful bus driver Fabrizio took us on a night tour of Rome. The Roman ruins look so incredible lit up at night – it was breathtaking. We ended our night tour at the Trevi Fountain, where we all threw in the traditional three coins. It’s a must-see.

Today was museum day. We started at the Vatican. I could write for days about this experience but since I have some sightseeing to do and gelato to eat here are the highlights: St. Peter’s Square, St. Peter’s Basilica and The Sistine Chapel. Enough said. If you haven’t seen them, you really need to go. If you have, you can understand how absolutely breathtaking and how hard it is to put into words what you saw.

The next stop was the Coliseum. I honestly felt like I was a little kid running around this ancient arena. The architecture and the history make you giddy. You can see the cages where they kept the wild animals, for example. It was unbelievable. I can’t wait to go back and spend more time there.

Since we leave on Sunday L, this will be my last blog post. I really want to put into words how thankful I am to be a part of this trip. Roz deserves a standing ovation for organizing this once-in-a-life-time experience. Everything ran so smoothly and everyone had a wonderful time. This could not have happened without her organizational skills.

Along with Roz, our tour guide Markus deserves a big standing ovation as well. His knowledge and charisma has made the entire trip a fun and exciting learning experience. I am thrilled he will be our tour guide in France next year. Trust me, that alone is incentive to go!

We’re headed off to a traditional Roman pizza dinner now. I am not sure what that means but I know it’s going to be great!

Ciao!

Julie

The Coliseum

Visiting the Coliseum was an incredible experience.