After most of us had a sleepless 8 hour flight, we safely arrived in Rome, Italy! Our tour guide and coach bus awaited us and took us right to Tarquinia for our first adventure!
Immediately, we went to the Etruscan tombs in search of information regarding how these people lived and what they valued. We found themes of family, competition, and celebration within these tombs. We also noticed many similar patterns on the walls of the tombs that corresponded with these themes and values.
Following this, we continued our Etruscan studies at a museum in central Tarquinia. Our group was intrigued by these artifacts in this museum that were originally found in the tombs. We then had 4 hours to get our first “taste” of Italy!
We arrived safely to our hotel in Rome.
The next day, our group of 25 was split into 5 different groups and given a destination with famous artwork to find. Some of these included Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of St. Peter at the Piazza del Popolo and the Crypt. We all split up all over the city to find these destinations and each got to explore different parts of Rome–including taking the crowded metro, how exciting!!
Today, we got to see the Colosseum, the Arch of Titus & Constantine, and the Roman Forum. It was really great to see such historical parts of Rome that we learned about in our pre-course. We had the rest of the afternoon to ourselves to do more exploring which we took full advantage of- to visits to the Pantheon and Circus Maximus!
We have been loving Rome and can’t wait to tell you about our next adventures!