May 23, 2012

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ROME, Italy – The Miami University volleyball team spent its final day of its European tour exploring the city of Rome on Friday. The day started out with a tour of the city, including a visit to the Colosseum. Afterwards they explored several other historical sites before meeting for one final dinner that evening. The RedHawks would then get on a plane heading to the United States on Saturday morning. To talk about their final day, here are sophomore Chelsea Visk and junior Madison Hardy.

This is Chelsea Visk and Madison Hardy reporting live from Rome, Italy!

Our day started bright and early with breakfast at the hotel and a metro ride to the center of Rome. We took a three-hour tour through the Roman ruins that were built over 2000 years ago. Antonio, our guide, took us through the Palatine and the Roman Forum. It was amazing to see the architecture the Roman’s created, they truly were incredible builders.

Next we toured the Colosseum! It was a surreal feeling as we walked the massive arched entry ways. It felt like walking back in time. After all pictures we have seen and stories we have read, it was crazy to see everything come to life. We felt like Russell Crow in the movie Gladiator!

After the amazing morning we split up into small groups and headed out to see the rest of Roma! Most of our groups kept bumping into each other at other sites. We all got to see the Pantheon which is a beautiful basilica with the largest, longest standing dome.  It also the burial place of the famous painter Rafael. The Spanish Steps were filled with people and tons of gypsies! But the overall beauty of the structure was breathtaking.

Around 9 p.m. that night, we all met for dinner to celebrate the seniors and all they have done for our program over the years.

Note: This is the final report from Europe. Check back soon with as Lisa Treadway will be providing an all-encompassing trip report and reflection.