Sunday in Rome was considered a “free day” for students. This was the opportunity to explore the city and seek what interested them the most. Students were encouraged to take on the adventure and to truly get a sense of Rome. Whether this was by using the metro system or renting out a scooter, students made their way to their desired sites however they preferred. Amongst the variety of activities that students were able to engage in, some of the most popular were visiting the Spanish Steps, the infamous Trevi Fountain, Anzio Beach, Positano, and, of course, trying the variety of dishes the Italian cuisine has to offer.
The Spanish Steps are a set of steps dating from 1723. They are a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top. The steps are at the eastern end of the old city center and are a famous attraction for tourists looking to explore Rome, while also being able to get shopping done. Famous brands, such as Prada, Louis Vuitton, Bvlgari, and Fendi decorate the streets that lead up to these steps. While students were not allowed to sit on the steps, they were able to climb them and take pictures on them. Students were also able to enjoy a nice dinner and lots of gelato alongside the beautiful scenery.
A few blocks away, students were also able to find the Trevi Fountain. Designed by Nicola Salvi, the Trevi Fountain is one of Rome’s greatest attractions, standing 26 meters tall, and 49 meters wide. It is famous for its intricate artwork decorated in the Baroque style, with Oceanus being the center of the sculpture standing on top of a triumphal arch made up of seahorses and fighters. Here students were able to take part in a tradition of “making a wish” and then throwing a coin into the fountain. The artwork was quite mesmerizing to observe, unlike any other piece students had seen on this trip.
As for students who visited Anzio Beach and Positano, they got to see more of the seaside culture that Rome is not commonly exposed to. Anzio Beach is only 60 kilometers from Rome and is considered one of the “best beaches to visit in Italy” by many tourists. It has been awarded blue flags for its clear waters and beautiful scenery. Positano was also a beautiful coast to explore with its scenery of cliff areas and beaches. A highlight of this experience was being able to hand-make the famous beverage, limoncello, riding boats through the Mediterranean and, of course, the culinary experience. This large Italian cuisine was primarily made up of seafood including a variety of exotic fishes and different styles of preparation.
After an adventurous yet relaxing day, students were happy to come back together and share what they had each done with their free day. They were able to form their own unique experience made up of all the novelties and rich culture Rome has to offer.
Blog by Stefany Boyas