May 23, 2012

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ROME, Italy – On Thursday, the Miami University volleyball team got a chance to visit Vatican City. In addition to seeing the outside architecture the RedHawks went inside the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Afterwards, Miami was victorious in its final match of the trip against the Volleyro Roma club team. To talk about this day’s events, here are seniors Amy Kendall and Christina Menche.

Hello from Rome, Italy! This is Amy Kendall and Christina Menche.

Beginning our day, we woke up early in Rome. We started the day with a traditional Italian breakfast (bread and cheese and of course, coffee) then set out to see the Vatican.

The lines were SO long but we walked right in because Coach Condit had pre-ordered our tickets before we left the states. The Vatican was everything, and even more than we thought it would be. Our tour started in the Egyptian area. This area was full of ancient Egyptian statues and art, some dating back to the fourth century!

We then found ourselves in an area of incredible Roman art work and massive statues. The amazing thing about this area is that after Napoleon conquered Rome he took most of the riches in the Vatican but most of them were returned years later!

After several more hours of touring we made our way to the doors of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the ceiling from 1508 to 1512 by Pope Julius II. We kept hearing how life like the ceiling was but until you see it you really can’t wrap your brain around it.

Next we walked to St. Peter’s Square and again were blown away by the beauty and size of the Vatican. We toured St. Peter’s Basilica and saw the tomb of St. Peter!

After a quick bite to eat we headed back to our hotel to get ready for our match vs. Volleyro Roma. We got out to a fast start and never looked back as we won four out of the five sets we played. It was a great night for our seniors who played in their last “official” Miami Volleyball match. As always they rocked it!

Today was a day we will never forget and we are so grateful to ALL who made it possible!