John Cabot University
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The first weekday since arriving in Rome. As soon as we woke up we walked through the Vatican to John Cabot University to visit my future school. We got there just as classes were beginning, we asked the secretary about a tour of the school and she sent someone down from the offices.
A woman from admissions office came to greet us, she gave me a bag with all the information I could need inside. She showed us around the school, it didn’t take long since the school is very small. The classes looked dark but standard, the courtyards were beautiful. The plants were flowering in the spring weather and students were lounging around talking or playing ping-pong.
After seeing the school she led us to the admissions office where I asked the staff a few questions. Then my mother and I decided to walk around Trastevere, the neighborhood where the school is located.
It looks like the center of an old town, with small pedestrian streets and a center plaza at the front of an old church.
Once we found Viale Trastevere, the main street, we looked for an alarm clock. We would have to wake up early on Thursday to catch our flight so an alarm clock was necessary, of course we had forgotten to take one. We stopped into a supermarket not knowing where to look.
We spent the rest of the day walking around the surroundings. We walked all the way to the ancient walls of the city were portions are still standing.
We walked along a few residential streets with enormous houses and to the Fonte Acqua Paola. It was beautiful and perfectly blue and white, it also gave a great view of Rome from the hill. Since it is not in the center of the city and it is surrounded by a busy street there was barely anyone there.We proceeded to walk up through the Garibaldi Park, a walkway that went up a hill to the monument to Garibaldi and the Faro. Both locations also had similar views of the skyline; the center was perfectly visible with numerous cupolas.
After the lunch we walked down the Tiber to the Isola Tiberina. A small church is on the island as well as an emergency hospital. We saw many people lying near the water and resting, so we climbed down some steps as well. The Roman sun was hitting strong at this time of day and we sat for a while watching the seagulls and the water.
The synagogue was next on our list which was just across the river.
Our map showed a Roman theatre to be next to the church so we headed in the direction we thought was right. It turned out we just ended up climbing a hill, it sort of helped though. From there we saw the theatre and descended the hill, strewn with old stones that had once been part of some great temple. The sun was setting just as we got to the theatre. We began walking to it but were told that it had just closed.
We hadn't noticed that we were right next to the Piazza Venezia, so we walked to the monument to Vitorio Emmanuelle and saw the Roman Forum from above.