Visiting history in Italy
Sue Rich traveled to Italy from March 21 to 29 to visit her daughter, Hannah, who is studying apparel merchandising at the Lorenzo De Medici College in Florence for a semester.
For the first three days of her trip Sue got to know the City of Florence. One of the things she noticed right away was all of the streets were cobblestone, which Sue said was “very unique.”
Florence is divided into small squares, also known as piazzas. In each piazza there’s a different piece of artwork or statue displayed. A well-known statue Sue saw was Michelangelo’s “David.”
The next city Sue visited was Venice. There aren’t any streets in Venice, Sue said. Instead, there are canals and bridges connecting the city’s intricate islands to one another. While in Venice they visited churches called basilicas and went to Marco Piazo and rode in a gondola. Their gondola driver’s name was Luka and he told them he was in his seventh year of driving and had witnessed 25 engagements.
On Thursday and Friday, Sue and Hannah traveled to Rome.
“You could tell this was more of a city,” Sue said. “It was a lot busier.”
While in Rome they went to the Vatican via the subway. What they didn’t know was President Barack Obama was in Rome visiting the Pope, so a lot of the lines in the subway were empty.
They also saw the Sistine Chapel. Cameras aren’t allowed inside because of the painting on the ceiling, another piece Michelangelo painted. They also went to St. Peter’s Square and the Basilica, where the Pope holds Mass.
Friday they toured the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Palatine Hill, and the Roman Coliseum.
“The fountain is just on the back side of a building,” Sue said. “When we went to the top of Palatine Hill to see the Roman ruins, we saw a lot of columns and pieces of buildings still standing.”
After two days in Rome, Sue and Hannah went back to Florence before Sue flew home.
“Hannah made us dinner because she is taking cooking and wine class while there,” Sue said. “She lives in an apartment with six girls. It was a nice way to end my trip—sitting there eating, and drinking wine my daughter picked for me.”