Our class went to Rome this past weekend! We had a guided tour of the ancient forum, which has been recently exposed through excavation. There are scattered bits of marble and other stone that were once the walls and foundations of ancient buildings. The ground level has risen considerably since Julius Caesar and Agustin walked these streets. We also saw the basilica of Saint Peter and the adjoining Vatican musuem. We took a guided tour underneath the basilica as well in the necropolis, an ancient burial ground. It was covered up by Constantine in order to build the basilica on top of Saint Peter’s grave.   We saw the exposed bones of Saint Peter, or at least that’s what some people think- historians are still debating.  


St. Peter’s       

Inside the pantheon!      






On Easter (AKA Pascoa), our wonderful program director Jodi, invited us into the Italian tradition of leaving the city on Easter Monday. We went to Fiesole, which was originally an Etruscan town. This is unusual for Italian cities because most were founded by Romans. Florence itself was founded by Roman soldiers as payment for their service. In Fiesole we saw the ruins of an Etruscan temple, and a roman temple which had been built on top of it. We also saw the remains of some Roman baths. The view overlooked they city of Florence on one side, and beautiful hills on the opposite.  AKA: a recipe for a beautiful view! Continue reading



I arrived in Florence after spring break in Spain for a week. We had some free time to explore on our own, then we met as a group and had a delicious three course meal and gelato!  I thought that was quite a treat, but apparently it is standard! All dinners here are three courses, usually starting with pasta, then eating meat dish plus dessert. That’s quite a change for me! Our host mother, Signora Silvia, serves us dinner at 8, so we have plenty of time to work up an appetite!  Continue reading