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6 June 2004, Sunday
We arrived in Rome and boarded the bus to the Hotel Albani. Due to the narrowness of the roads, we had to leave the bus and walk the last block. On the way, we passed an ancient Roman tomb.
7 June 2004, Monday
We departed the hotel early to be near the front of the line at the Vatican Museum. After seeing the Sistine Chapel, we visited St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in the world. We then boarded the bus to go to ancient Rome, where we saw the Arch of Constantine, the Colosseum, the Via Sacra, the Arch of Titus and the Forum.
During the afternoon break, the Ohio contingent walked from the hotel to the Hard Rock. On the way we saw the balloon at the Borghese Gardens and the Aurelian Wall that surrounded the ancient city.
On the evening tour, we walked down the Spanish Steps. The Steps are named for the Spanish embassy that is nearby, but the Steps were built with money from a Frenchman who wanted stairs leading up to the French church at the top of the hill. We saw the Keats-Shelley house and walked down the Via Condotti. The street is built over a still-functioning aquaduct and is lined with expensive designer shops. We passed the Parliament building on our way to the Pantheon. We also visited the Piazza Navona which is built over the Stadium of Domitian.
8 June 2004, Tuesday
We left Rome to visit Pisa.
17 June 2004, Thursday
After leaving the Abbey of Montecassino, we arrived back in Rome and checked into the Cicerone Hotel. After the farewell dinner of the tour, we visited Trevi Fountain.
18 June 2004, Friday
With the tour officially over, we had a chance to sleep in a bit before heading out to see Castel Sant'Angelo that was originally Hadrian's Mausoleum. Outside we crossed the Tiber on the Bridge of Angels. We passed the Ara Pacis, completely enveloped by restoration reconstruction. We visited Augustus' Mausoleum before heading back to the hotel. We were picked up for our afternoon tour of Tivoli where we saw Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este.
19 June 2004, Saturday
After breakfast, we headed over the Umberto Bridge and cut through the city to the Theater of Marcellus and Portico of Octavian. We crossed the Tiber at Tiber Island and headed south to cross back over the river on the Ponte Palatino. We saw the Temple of Vesta, the Temple of Fortune, and the Arch of Janus. We headed to the Circus Maximus, then on to the Baths of Caracalla. From there we started working our way back with a stop at the Palatino. We exited the Palatino into the Forum Romanum. We toured the Colosseum, and this time we had the chance to take our time and to go to the upper level. We also saw the Forum of Augustus, Trajan's Market, and Trajan's Column. We passed by the Italian Monument. By chance on the way back we walked by the four temples at the Area Sacra Argentina. We continued on to the Palazzo Altemps with its many statues before calling it a day.
20 June 2004, Sunday
We left Rome and headed home.
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