Thursday was packed with sights and activities!!! Our guide, Antonino, led us through the Colosseum, the Forum Romanum and the Campidoglio.
We then ventured on to the Vatican, where, after a leisurely lunch, we toured the Vatican Museums. Some favorites were the statue of Lacoon, the Map Rooms, the four Raphael Rooms and, of course, the Sistine Chapel.
We ended the day with some gelato at the Spanish Steps!
After saying “ci vediamo” to Sorrento, we made our way around the Bay of Naples to Cumae, or Cuma, as the Italians say. Cumae is most famous for being the seat of the Cumaean Sybil, whom Aeneas visits in the Aeneid before descending into the underworld to visit his father Anchises. We visited the Sybil’s cave, where we received a prophecy foretelling happy travels in Rome!
After lunch, we continued on to visit the amphitheater at Pozzuoli. We staged gladiatorial reenactments above ground and explored the workings of the trap-doors below ground!
We arrived in Rome a few hours later, bid farewell to our trusty bus driver Salvatore, settled into our hotel, enjoyed lasagna dinner and, finally, got a glimpse of the Colosseum by night!
We’ve been on the go for the past few days, enjoying every minute! Here’s a recap of what we did Tuesday (with more to come)!
We began the day touring the excavations of the town of Herculaneum, which was covered by the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79CE.
Then we visited Oplontis, a nearby villa also preserved by the eruption of Vesuvius. It is believed to be the Villa of Poppaea, second wife of the emperor Nero.
Hello, it’s the freshmen! Today we went to the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Then we went to the Vatican City and it was awesome. The tapestries and the sculptures were really beautiful. When we were getting gelato at the best gelato place in Rome we met a priest in training from Boston! He didn’t know of Winsor but he went to BC High for high school. He also gave us some crucifixes that were blessed by the Pope!
Later, the freshmen went out to dinner at Mr. Tupper’s favorite restaurant in Rome with Ms. Baumann, and it was tasty. We had a little trouble getting home but we found our way quickly and we bought some gelato from a really cool store and giant bottles of water from somebody who didn’t speak very good English. We are having great fun here in Italy! In addition to all of the Roman culture and Latin inscriptions we have been translating, we have adopted this as our class song in Italy.
So far in Italia, some of us have been swimming in the Bay of Naples, sampled gelato, been given free roses and pastries, gone for a run at sunset, eaten a whole pizza each, shopped and window shopped, seen ancient temples and villas, rode on steep cliffs, explored the ruins of Herculaneum, and been in a four bus traffic jam on the Amalfi Coast. We are currently trying (and failing) to pack, so we can leave Sorrento tomorrow for Roma!
On our way to see the Greek Temples at Paestum, we stopped for a group photo along the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Che bella vista!
After a beautiful drive, we arrived at Paestum to see the Greek temples, the oldest of which is approximately 2500 years old!!!
Yesterday, after a scenic bus ride from the airport in Rome, we arrived at Hotel Central in Sorrento. We explored the city before eating a wonderful dinner. Today we visited the ruins of the city of Paestum and the corresponding museum. In the evening, we explored the city of Sorrento further, and some visited the beach.
We’ve been excitedly checking weather.com today to look at the 10-day forecast. It’s great to see temperatures in the 60’s and lots of sunshine on deck for next weekend and beyond!
I’ve loved all the various packing stories I heard today. Remember, girls–layers and walking shoes! 🙂
The students will spend the afternoon exploring Sorrento, a charming resort town on the Bay of Naples.