September 11th, 2007 – by: mattgee
We had a three day field trip this week to the capital of Italy...Rome! I was really excited before going on this trip because we were finally going to a really big and famous Italian city. Before we left, I was reading up on the sites in the city and there's just so much stuff to see! A few of us were planning to stay an extra night so we'd have more time to see everything. As it turned out, we didn't need to do that because we fit everything into three days. I guess going on that whirl-wind of a tour before Italy really prepared us to see cities in only three days time. We had a short class day on Tuesday before attending a September 11th ceremony put on by the city for the school. All 50 or so of us took the train in the afternoon and got to Rome and our hotel around 6 that night.
Outside the Pantheon
We were free to explore the city and grab some dinner. We had some food in one of the countless piazzas in the city. They had cheap happy hour prices, so we were excited..until we tasted the food..not so good! Anyways, we didn't stay out too late because we had some sight seeing to do the next day as a class. We did make time, though, to see the Pantheon all lit up at night. It was awesome! The Pantheon is the most well preserved building from that time period, so it was really cool to see! On Wednesday morning, we went to Villa d'Este and walked around for the remainder of the morning. In the afternoon, we headed to the Hadrian's Villa. It was a really cool sight because it was just so old. It was a little hard to envision the site as it was though.
..took a little imagination! Anyways, we went back to our hotel that afternoon, had dinner and then walked over to the Colosseum at night. It was amazing to see it in person...its huge! There was a huge group of us and we spent a lot of time in that area just laughing and having a good time...On Thursday, we went to all the major sites in the city as an entire class. So we saw the Victor Emmanuel Monument, the Forum, the Colosseum, Trajan Market and Column, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Piazza di Popolo, St Peters and the Vatican, Piazzo Navono and finally, the Pantheon. It was a long day, but we got a lot done! St Peters was huge...the plaza alone can hold 500,000 people! We got a chance to go inside for about an hour...At night, we went back to the Trevi Fountain and St Peters to see them lit up.
We had our last day today and spent it back at the Vatican Museums. We waited in a fairly long line to see the Sistine Chapel...but it was well worth it! After winding our way through the the many rooms leading up to the chapel, we finally were inside..It was overwhelming to see it in person...probably my favorite thing we saw! If you haven't seen it, go! :) It's amazing that Michaelangelo did all that... Anyways, that took most of the day and we headed back home this afternoon. Now, I have mixed feelings about Rome. I really enjoyed all the sights that we visited, but the city itself was just a little stressful. For one thing, everyone was smoking...the city just reeked of smoke and other smells constantly. It was also the loudest, dirtiest and most crowded city we've been too. All the sites we visited were packed unlike anything I've ever seen...that being said, I enjoyed my time a lot, but I was definitely ready to go "home" to Castiglion Fiorentino
...give me a little while and I'll be ready to go back!