We can’t believe that we are on the final stretch of our European excursion. During these past few days we have experienced a lot of Italy’s rich history and culture. Upon arriving in Rome we descended the Spanish steps and explored the nearby shops and restaurants. Ashley enjoyed one of her favorite meals of the trip from a delicious Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. In Trastevere some of the boys of the group managed to find a square filled with people dancing to Spanish tunes. Jake, Antonio, and Carlos all jumped right in to show off their dance moves.
After experiencing modern Roman culture, we toured through Roman history. Although we did not see the Pope, we visited his lovely abode in Vatican City. Paige especially loved Michelangelo’s famous incredibly painted ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. With our gladiator sandals on, we traveled to the Coliseum where we all pretended to be as mighty as those famed fighters. Carly and Andie loved showing off their strength while snapping awesome pictures.
Our last dinner in Rome was a bittersweet treat. We got to dine like real Romans clad in togas and serenaded by accordion at Papa Rex. Max M., Max W., Harrison and Andrew jumped at the opportunity to dance with the lady dressed as a Roman empress. Great food, laughs and fun were had by all, but sadly we said goodbye to our 22-day trip members.
After saying our goodbyes, the rest of the group’s journey continued on to the Almalfi coast. With the rock group Bastille’s hit song Pompeii playing in the background, we stopped to see the ruins of Pompeii from the tremendous volcano Mount Vesuvius. Gabe was especially fascinated at the ruins and how well preserved they were after so many years and the amount of destruction they endured.
For the next few days our home base was the beautiful town of Sorrento tucked into the hills lining the coast. To travel to our daily destinations we hopped on a boat that passed through the most beautiful landscapes with mountains and caves lining the ocean. Daniel had a blast taking pictures of the views. When we arrived in Capri we rode to the top of the hill on a train and explored the winding roads of the upscale town of Capri. Emily and Mackenzie especially loved the stunning views of the grottos and the famous rocks from the top. After enjoying some free time in town, we descended the mountain ready to cool off and swim in the Mediterranean! The group was in for a treat when our boat driver dropped us off at the glowing green grotto. Taylor loved swimming through the cave. Michelle said that swimming through the grotto made her dreams come true. It definitely was an unforgettable experience.
The next day we got to visit Positano, another quaint town carved into the hills of the Almalfi coast. Ryan J. enjoyed relaxation on one of the hundreds of beach chairs that lined the black sand beach. The town had many winding streets leading up a mountain filled with little shops and boutiques, Paige and Allie got an authentic Italian experience by getting custom made sandals! The group definitely enjoyed our adventures in the breathtaking Almalfi Coast,
Next stop: Florence, our last city to visit in Italy!
Ciao for now
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