It has been a full, crazy week since first arriving at the John Felice Rome Center. This first week of orientation has been one amazing event after another. The JFRC has also been a very good guide in the adjustment of a completely different culture. We have had many informational meetings and workshops as well to help us along the way.
This past weekend all of the students took a day trip to the Colleseum on Saturday and then to Tivoli on Sunday. It was a perfect way to start out our stay here in Rome. The Colleseum was much bigger and grander than I had anticipated! By actually setting foot on such a well-known site, the rich and extensive history becomes much more real.
At Tivoli, we toured a palacial estate called Villa D’este. It was an unbelievable view sitting on top of the mountainside. The estate itself housed over 50 beautiful fountains that were controlled mainly by gravity. I definitely was able to get some really awesome photos here. We then continued on to lunch in a nearby restaurant. It was a delicious and very large meal. Italians definitely do not let you leave hungry!