The CWRU Spartans football team spent the first full day of their tour taking in the fascinating religious sites of Vatican City and the mind-boggling historical sites of Imperial Rome. It was a full-day of exploration and learning as the tour group kept a busy pace to maximize their experience in Rome.
Part of the pace of the first day in Italy was due to the unexpected bonus of having the good part of the prior day to explore their connection destination of Amsterdam. Airport issues in Rome a lengthier than normal layover so the group headed down to Amsterdam city centre to explore the city of canals. Some were able to take in boat cruises on the canal, touring time in the Van Gogh Museum or just enjoy the beauty of this classic Dutch city. A later afternoon departure put the tour group into Rome in time to enjoy dinner and a short local evening.
On Monday, the tour group started the day at the Vatican museums taking in some of the better art treasures in the western world commissioned by or donated to the Papacy. The tour included a visit to the Sistine Chapel and culminated with time in St. Peter’s Basilica and Square. “The collection and variety of art was incredible and the Sistine Chapel was an absolutely unique place that left a special impression'” shared senior captain Jordan Estaban.
After free time in and around Piazza Navonna including visits the the Pantheon the group then toured around and inside the Roman Colosseum and Forum area which is said to be the cradle of western civilization. The thorough tour lead by local guide Lucianna took members from CWRU back over 2000 years and brought perspective to one of the most dominant civilizations known to man.
The early evening was spent in the area of the Spanish Steps as the beautiful spring evening lead people to restaurants and cafes to share thoughts and perspectives on the day.
In the morning, the team will engage in its first practice before heading north to Tuscany with stops in Siena and Montecatini Terme.