The ASA Florence program came to an end after a great final dinner at Chalet Fontana in Firenze. Upon returning home for our final night at Convitto della Calza, the RAs had a nice slideshow and surprise music video for the students. Students also received their Summerbooks, showing photos and memories from throughout the program in Italy. Many students were up very early on Thursday morning to head to Rome, while several others stayed behind to fly from Florence or meet their families.
In Rome, we dropped our friends off and said our goodbyes to the students flying back to New York on the group flight while the rest of the group remained on the bus for the Rome extension. Upon arrival at the hotel students were able to relax and nap and prepare for our first dinner around the corner from Piazza di Spagna. After dinner and gelato we returned to the hotel for the evening.
We enjoyed lunch near Piazza Venezia and then boarded an open tour bus to relax while seeing the sites. After the bus tour we all returned to the hotel to rest until dinner which we had at La Carbonara in Campo dei Fiori.
After dinner we saw some live street entertainment. First, in Campo dei Fiori, there was a group of Brazilians doing flips and awesome street music. At Piazza Navona we saw a group of Italians breakdancing and lots of artists. We next headed to the Pantheon and later went on to the Trevi Fountain. After getting gelato we returned back to the hotel for the night.
On Saturday morning the Rome extension group was up again to head to the Vatican. We arrived at the Museo Vaticano and spent the morning exploring the seemingly endless museum including the Sistine Chapel.
After the museum visits we split into 2 groups. One group got lunch and then went to St. Peter’s Basilica, while the other group went to Capuchin Crypts, where monks have decorated shrines using the bones of the dead. Finally a few students went to see the Bocca della Verita and visit the Isola Tiberina.
On Saturday night, the ASA Rome Extension group will be enjoying our final dinner at Pizzeria Dar Poeta, before heading home on Sunday morning. What a busy weekend and fulfilling month for all of the ASA Florence students. We want to thank everyone for such a great summer! Grazie mille e ci vediamo presto!