October 29, 2013

Today is the day! 

It’s time to explore Rome! 

And of course, the easiest way to travel around Europe is none other than RyanAir. With our belongings, we boarded our flight and headed towards the Trevi fountain and the Colosseum!


Rome is the capital of Italy. Rome also serves as the capital of the Lazio region. With 2,870,336 residents in 1,285 km2 (496.1 sq mi), it is also the country’s largest and most populated commune and fourth-most populous city in the European Union by population within city limits. It is the center of the Metropolitan City of Rome, which has a population of 4.3 million residents.

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After the fall of the Western Empire, which marked the beginning of the Middle Ages, Rome slowly fell under the political control of the Papacy, which had settled in the city since the 1st century AD, until in the 8th century it became the capital of the Papal States, which lasted until 1870.

Beginning with the Renaissance, almost all the popes since Nicholas V (1422–55) pursued coherently along four hundred years an architectonic and urbanistic programme aimed to make of the city the world’s artistic and cultural centre. Due to that, Rome became first one of the major centres of the Italian Renaissance, and then the birthplace of both the Baroque style and Neoclassicism.

Even though the airport was not ‘in’ town, catching a shuttle was a breeze.

Finding a map?

THAT was a bit difficult, until a stranger-angel saw us struggling and helped us find one that not only had Rome in detail, but also transit times and nearby eateries. FOOD!! But before food, we located our hostel, which gladly was 5-minutes walk from the train-station, dropped off our bags, and set out to find pizza.

Tomorrow will hold the hunt for every ruin we can possible walk past. It’s gonna be fun!!



October 28, 2013

“Italy’s 20 regions feel more like 20 independent states, each with its own dialects, traditions, architecture and glorious food. From nibbling on knödel in an Alto Adige chalet to exploring souk-like market streets in Sicily, the choices are as diverse as they are seductive. Then there’s the country’s incomparable artistic treasures, which amount to more than the rest of the world put together. It’s hard not to feel a little envious sometimes, but it’s even harder not to fall madly in love.”

-Cristian Bonetto || @CristianBonetto


Since classical times, ancient Carthaginians, Phoenicians, and Greeks established settlements in the south of Italy, with Etruscans and Celts inhabiting the centre and north of Italy respectively and various different ancient Italian tribes and Italic peoples dispersed throughout the Italian Peninsula and insular Italy. The Italic tribe, known as the Latins, formed the Roman Kingdom, which eventually became a republic that conquered and assimilated other nearby civilizations. Rome ultimately emerged as the dominant power in the Mediterranean basin, conquering much of the ancient world and becoming the leading cultural, political, and religious centre of Western civilization.

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Italy, slightly larger than Arizona, is a long peninsula shaped like a boot, surrounded on the west by the Tyrrhenian Sea and on the east by the Adriatic. It is bounded by France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia to the north. The Apennine Mountains form the peninsula’s backbone; the Alps form its northern boundary.

Tomorrow we leave for our Fall break trip to Italy. I’m prepped to eat mass amounts of pizza, gelato, bread and pasta! But before we go, I might as well do some theory research on our trip. We are going to Rome, Venice and Milan specifically. And I’ve never traveled personally with Sesame before so this should be and experience. We each were in charge of a part of the trip (accommodations and day plans) and hopefully everything goes more or less according to plan.