Location: Rome, Italy

We started our day with an early morning train ride from the port in Civitavecchia to Rome, which took about 45 minutes. We first set out for Vatican City, and luckily we beat the crowds such that we hardly had to wait in line to get into St. Peter’s Cathedral. The cathedral was absolutely stunning! We left St. Peter’s Square and walked through the streets of Rome to see the other sites. Along the way, we stopped by the Trevi Fountain and threw in a coin for a lucky wish. We also stopped at the Piazza di Spagna (Spanish Steps) and the posh shops on Via Dei Condotti. Next, we visited the Coliseum and other sites, including the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona (or the “modern heart of Rome”), and Castel San Angelo. After a hot and busy day of culture and history, we all enjoyed an Italian feast at L’Orso 80, which consisted of a variety of antipasti, including meats, cheeses, vegetables, and fruits.