The Southern New Hampshire University women's basketball team embarks on a 10-day trip to Spain and Italy, where it will play three games against international competition and see multiple sites in the two countries. Rising senior Madi Rowan (Aliquippa, Pa.) and rising junior Mimi MacLeod (Hampton Falls, N.H.) will provide first person accounts on the trip with daily blog entries.
"Roaming in Rome"
By Mimi MacLeod and Madalena Rowan
After a wonderful breakfast in one of the hotel's ballrooms, our team was ready for our agenda. We had a day jam packed with site seeing and exploring the ancient city of Rome. The underground metro took us right to the doorstep of the incredible Roman Colosseum. The first siting really had a profound impact on everyone due to how large it truly is. We were fortunate enough to be able to go into the Colosseum and to see such a huge part of the Ancient Roman culture. We took pictures whenever we could, including on the second floor, which ascended to after we hiked up the very steep stairs.
After spending about an hour at the Colosseum we were able to see and walk through the Roman Forum. The city is gated and held immense amounts of history, including the site of where Julius Caesar's body was burned. We walked up a hill which led to a remarkable view of the surrounding grounds as well as the city of Rome.
Our next stop was lunch, where we walked into the city and were allowed to find it on our own. Our team decided to stop at a local restaurant in a nearby market, where we thoroughly enjoyed our food. After we ate, we had a lot of time left to shop. Some bartered while others window shopped before we gathered back together in the group to walk to the Trevi Fountain.
The Trevi fountain is stunning, and was surrounded with people taking pictures and soaking in the sun upon our arrival. We managed to get the perfect view of the amazing fountain, and after dinner we returned to the fountain to see it lit up in the dark. Dinner was a tradition Italian meal, complete with creme brûlée and tiramisu.
Once we got back on our metro, the tram drove by our stop where we were supposed to get off, only to find out our stop is on strike! With a projected thirty-minute walk left to our hotel, we sprinted towards the nearest bus we saw. The bus thankfully got us back to our hotel.
Overall, Monday provided us with some great opportunities to soak in the rich cultures of Rome. We got a chance to see sites that really contribute a great deal of history to this special country.
Let's hope everyone made a wish at the Trevi Fountain to someday return to Rome. Remember, coin in the right hand and toss over the left shoulder!
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