June 26th – “Plan your own day” day

What are we up to today?

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June 25 – Catacombs di San Sebastiana (Appia Antica)

Appia Antica and the Catacombs

Working on observational writings and reflections while waiting for the bus to the Catacombs

Working on observational writings and reflections while waiting for the bus to the Catacombs

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June 24 – Pantheon

Isamar's Pantheon Sketch

Isamar’s Pantheon Sketch

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June 23 – Basilica di San Clemente

Katie first sketched a portion of the "under ground middle medieval level" and then began a writing reflection.

Katie first sketched a portion of the “under ground middle medieval level” and then began a writing reflection.

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Writing at the Tevere – June 24, 2013

Sketching and writing

Sketching and writing

Sketching and writing

Sketching and writing

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My Journal entry from the 22nd – Rome – June 23rd, 2013

John writesWe woke up, took a few busses, and ended up at the Coloseum. There was a long road leading up to the ancient stadium that had two thousand year old buildings on both sides. It is mind boggling to me that people were walking around in togas and living everyday life. If the ruins are beautiful I can only imagine how epic the scenary was way back when. I bet the Romans never imagined that their art work and architecture would be admired thousands of years after their Empire had fallen. Everything around me is so old but yet very mystical and beautiful. It’s like I can feel all the spirits and see the Romans walking around me. All the history that surrounds me literally gives me the goosebumps with every step I take. I am walking the same path as Julius Cesar…

John Kennedy

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Day 3 – June 22, 2013 – 10:30 am

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Colosseo (Anfeteatro Flavio)

Colosseo (Anfeteatro Flavio)

A brief student mutiny, taking their case to Archeologist Giuseppe explaining that Chiara and Andy planned NOT entering the colosseum. Students and Archeologist won. Lots of sketches and writing produced by students outside and inside colosseo.

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A brief update on day one and two

Bongiorno a tutti!

“I still can’t believe I am going to Rome…” Rome Prize student John on our way to SFO.

Our flight went well (leaving on the 19th, arrived on the 20th) and Chiara was there to meet us at the airport in 95 degree weather.

As we have been ironing out the logistics, adjusting to the time, navigating local technology our website capabilities have been limited; soon we will be posting our photos and thoughts here.

What a lovely group of students we have! Kind, helpful, inclusive, patient and curious.

Students got settled at the convent (where they are staying) and then took a little walk up to the Gianicolo hill with a 180 view of Rome. We then walked down to Trestevere for dinner near Santa Maria in Trestevere (one of the oldest churches and neighborhoods in Rome)

Students have now visited various bakeries, cafes and gelaterias. Our academic excursion have taken us to the historical center Teatro Marcello, Largo Argentina and back over the river to Trastevere.

After reading a series of primary source documents students explored the well preserved ancient port city of Ostia Antica.
Leading to questions like Isamar’s “Why did freedman (freed slaves) usually work for their former masters?”

Today, the 22nd, students will take the local bus 75 to arrive at the Colosseum, Constantine’s Arch and the Roman Forum where they will be guided by an archeologist in analyzing and documenting their observations of the early “layer of stratification” in Rome.

Lunch will be in villa sciara (a park 5 minutes from the Convent where students are staying) eating food several students bought at the local open air market. As Rome Prizer Bobby said “Try the food? No, there is no trying, you eat it, and it all tastes amazing!”.
Most of Us will return to our rooms to shower and rest before returning to the historical center to explore the Palatine (palace hill).

Needless to say we’ve walked a lot (in our opinion the most important way of knowing Rome)

Be sure to check in here everyday as most postings will now be directly from Rome Prize students!

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Italian Historical Figures Research

View the comments to see who we’re researching!

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A study abroad program in Rome, Italy

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