Our first day we arrived in Rome bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to hit the sites at 9am after our 8 hour trans-Atlantic flight. Our first stop: Tarquinia. The group coached to the Etruscan tombs to learn about how the ancient people honored their dead. Then we headed down to the Necropolis to explore on our own. The Museo Archeologico held all of the tomb possessions, so we got to expand our understanding of the Etruscans. An early night for most of the bunch, when we returned to the Ancient Center in Rome where our hotel was, some strolled the streets and some had their first taste of true Italian cuisine.
Early to rise the next morning, the group toured the Colosseum and the Roman Forum together. It was incredible learning about the lost lives of the people that in some cases as in the Forum were so ignorantly covered up. After the guided tour, the group was free to “rome” the streets. Many destinations of the day included the fabulous Trevi fountain, the Pantheon, the Victor Emmanuel Monument and of course incredible restaurants.
The last morning in Rome, we coached to the Villa Borghese to learn about artistic perspective in sculpture and painting. The group was asked to study a subject critically and artistically to understand the artists intention in the art making process. At the culmination of our tour, we were able to take advantage of the beautiful day in Rome and adventure in the Villa Borghese park. When we had all of the Vitamin C we could take, we headed underground to the Catacombs of San Callisto at the Appian way. Roughly half a million people were buried in this four story underground cemetery. A spooky end to this chapter of our trip.
Next, off to Naples for some pizza!