March 16th – Day 3

Ciao!

We started our day with a nice breakfast, then proceeded to visit the many landmarks we still have to see in Rome. We first went to the Colosseum, then to the Baths of Caracalla, and finally to the Palatine for lunch. In the afternoon, we went to the Roman Forum, the Trajan’s column, and for dinner, we went to the Trastevere district.

We started our day with the Colosseum. Our guide, Titziana mentioned that it was built with limestone and cement. The holes in the structure were part of a system to push the elements together. 

Our group photo in front of the Colosseum!

We arrived at 8:30 am to the huge view of the Colosseum. We spent some time taking photos of the group, and learnt more about the history of the colosseum. 

Both grades are getting to know each other!

We then entered the colosseum, another amazing experience began. It was drizzling outside, however it didn’t dampen the mood of seeing inside the colosseum. 

Entering the middle of the colosseum!

We also learnt that the colosseum is an amphitheatre that was used for gladiator fights against lions, tigers, and other gladiators. It holds 75 thousand spectators and they used 35 thousand slaves in the competitions.

It was one of the best educational and cultural sites we have been to so far. It was a lot of fun and we learned a lot!

  • Lora McDonald Palmer ’21

After visiting the Colosseum, we walked to baths of Caracalla. On the way there, we passed by a school celebrating their sports day. They had a large band that played for the opening ceremonies.

Sports Day for the elementary schools in Rome!

The Caracalla is a place where the ancient romans exercise and bathe. We learnt how the baths and pools where created, and the history of it’s construction.

The outside view of the baths
Ancient romans walk 5km a day to exercise and maintain their fitness level. They would take a walk through the garden to access the baths.
Visiting the inside of the baths lead by our guide Tiziana.
Tiziana telling us the history of Caracalla.

After visiting the Caracalla, we climbed the Palatine Hill to have a picnic. 

Picnic time!
  • Erin Li ’21

Après le dîner, nous avons grimpé la colline de Palatine, tout en passant devant de nombreux bâtiments et monuments anciens, pour arriver à une vue magnifique faisant face au forum romain (le centre de la ville ancien de Rome). Nous avons descendu les escaliers pour faire le tour de l’endroit lorsque notre guide Titziana nous a parlé de la fonctionnalité du forum, ainsi que de quelques histoires. Après la belle promenade, l’aventure continue en direction de la colonne Trajan et les monuments environnants. C’est durant ce temps que notre guide magnifique, Titziana, nous a quitté. Merci pour le temps que vous nous a donné, nous avons vraiment apprecié tous les informations que vous avez partagé avec les voyageuses du Study! Ensuite, notre groupe s’est dirigé vers une expérience de magasinage dans le centre-ville, avec de jolis magasins et l’architecture remarquable. Pour le souper, nous nous sommes rendues dans le beau petit quartier de Travestere, où nous avons mangé des pâtes et du poulet dans un petit restaurant charmant. À la fin d’une longue journée, nous avons eu un gelato, avant de retourner à l’hôtel en autobus. 

View from the top of the Palatine Hill
One of the landmarks next to Trajan’s Column
We had a great time with Tatziana our guide in Rome.
A lovely bridge leading to the Trastevere district.
Dinner time!
An evening view of the Basilica of Santa Maria, which is one of the oldest churches in Rome.
  • Mia Su ’21

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