After catching up on some sleep, we met mid-morning for some opening information. John and Barbera put in their two cents, then we heard from Gino, our Italian guide. Gino told us what we could expect on our afternoon panoramic bus tour of Rome. We grabbed a quick lunch, then we were off. The first thing we noticed were the driving styles. There were mid-street U-turns, blown off stop signs, blown off stop lights, dangerously close encounters and cars parked so close to one another that I’m pretty sure they’re never getting out of that spot! The first stop on our tour was at the American Academy in Rome. We walked along the perimeter wall to find a fantastic view of the city. Next, we continued on to find a large fountain and stopped for a group photo. Then we moved on to Tiberine Island. Next was a short stop to view the Circus Maximus then on to Capitol Hill. We saw the capitol building as well as the Mayor’s office balcony overlooking the Roman Forum. Further on we encounterd the Trajan column and walls. We also saw some of the architectural differences between lower, middle and upper class neighborhoods. Our neighborhood would be described as middle class and uncreative (according to Gino); the buildings are all the same shape and size. More intricate designs and pieces of art are present on the upper class buildings as well as political and religious buildings. An abundant amount of pictures were taken on this tour, some of which will be posted in our next entry this evening, There is not much time right now!
We finished our day with a full Italian dinner. Starting with assorted appetizers, then a pasta dish, then veal and finishing with dessert of tiramisu. We finished dinner with limoncello and enjoyed the laid back culture that is Italy. On our way back to the hotel we stopped at a wine bar where a few stayed for beer, wine or whatever they were in the mood for. The day ended there with drinks, games, stories and good company.
More pictures will be posted later today.
Jan 4th – Jan 5th
After arriving at the airport at 8am and getting checked in, we said Ciao to our loved ones and we were off to Rome. We made one long stop in New York’s JKF then one long overnight flight to Roma. We cleared customs and collected our luggage then headed to the bus which would take us to our hotel. We arrived at our hotel around noon (on January 5th) and proceeded to nap, eat or explore. That evening we headed out for a night on the town. Our first stop: St. Peter’s square.
With the Vatican perimeter just one block from our hotel, it was a short walk to see all that Piazza San Pietro had to offer. A giant Christmas tree and a life-size Nativity scene were still erected in St. Peter’s square, in addition to the Basilica and other monuments. But a picture is worth a thousand words…
Nativity Scene in St Peter's Square
St Peter's Basilica
Fountain in St Peter's Square
Next it was on to Piazza Navona for the Epiphany celebration. This consisted of food, fun and music. On our way to Piazza Navona we passed Castle Sant’ Angelo and stopped for our first authentic Italian meal (for most of us at least) at a pizzaria. We enjoyed pizza, pasta or meat dishes as well as wine before moving on to the celebration.
Castle Sant' Angelo
Welcome again to our Engineering in Rome blog site!
Alena Johnson and myself (Angela McGehee) will be your lovely bloggers for the trip to Rome 2011! We just got everything up and running so we will have a ton of information coming out on our first couple days soon! We are staying at Hotel Alimandi on Via Tunisi, which is just one block from the perimeter wall of the Vatican. We all arrived at the hotel safely, so let the adventures begin!
Hotel webpage: www.alimandi.com (it is Alimandi Tunisi)
Here is the group that could make it to Bucca’s
This is Sarah Anderson, the designated blogger for the trip. I thought I would introduce myself before the trip starts and tell you some important information about the trip before we leave. Above you can see a picture of our dinner at Bucca’s to kick off the trip before we leave.
I am a senior at St. Thomas University majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am originally from Shakopee, MN. I have traveled to Europe twice before, including one trip to Italy with my high school choir. The other places in Europe I have been to include: France, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria, and the United Kingdom. I think Italy was my favorite country to visit and I cannot wait to go back!
Important information about the trip:
Meet at the Airport: Monday, January 5, 2009 1:00pm
Departure from Minneapolis: Monday, January 5, 2009 3:10pm
Arrival in Amsterdam: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 6:30 am
Departure from Amsterdam: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:00 am
Arrival in Rome: Tuesday, January 6, 2009 12:25pm
We will come back home Wednesday, January 24th at 12:24pm.
I will be writing to you and giving you updates on the trip. So until we arrive in Italy, have a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
Welcome to the blog site for ENGR 298 – Roman engineering and structures.
We are having our dinner and get together tonight at Buca’s and our next meeting will be at the airport!
Sarah Anderson will be maintaining the site for us during the course, so visit it often to see what we are doing