Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Days in Italy

Ciao from Rome! We landed wednesday morning around 8am after a long flight. after meeting our resident director at the airport, we got on a train and made our way to Rome. we settled into our hotel rooms and wandered around Rome for awhile by ourselves. everyone eats dinner around 9pm here so we went to a cafe for drinks beforehand. dinner was a bit of a jet-lagged struggle. after a few glasses of wine and a giant plate of pasta, we were all falling asleep at the table. real party animals we are! on thursday we woke up and went to the Vatican and into St. Peters Basilica. seeing these places out of our textbooks is completely incredible. after the Vatican we toured around the area for a bit and found our way to the Pantheon (another mouth watering piece of architecture for interior designers). we were all disappointed when we walked by the Trevi fountain to see that it was closed for restoration. i may have to come back just to see it! tomorrow we are off to the Colosseum and Northern Lazio. Ciao!! 
Trajan's Column
gates of the vatican city with the swiss guards 
outside of  St. Peter's 
St. Peter's Basilica
St. Peter`s Basilica
The Pantheon
Pre dinner drinks
the second course: potatoes and veal. this followed a massive plate of pasta 

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