With three weeks of the Rome semester remaining, the canals of Venice and Renaissance city of Florence are on the agenda this weekend as part of the Rome Program's much-anticipated northern Italy trip. After spending two days in Venice and visiting the Piazza and Basilica di San Marco, students will travel to Florence to tour the Galleria degli Uffizi, which houses the most complete collection of medieval and Renaissance painting in Europe, and the Galleria dell' Academia, home of Michelangelo's David.
Despite the full schedule of professor-led tours, students will also have time to explore each city on their own.
This semester, students kept even busier than normal after spending Holy Week and April in Rome. April has included a men's retreat and a three-day travel weekend in addition to regular coursework. Last week, David Levy, lecturer in philosophy at Rome's John Cabot University presented to students "An Introduction to Machiavelli's Critique of the Florentine Republic." Students also spent the month preparing a Rome play.
On Tuesday, drama major Jerick Johnson directed 47 student actors and stagehands in a production of Aeschylus' "Oresteia" in the amphitheater on campus.
"For costumes they mostly used the colored sheets from the Geek Olympics in really creative ways, and jewelry, makeup, and props that they pulled together from their fellow students," said Rome Resident Assistant Peter Blute. "They looked great! All in all, it was a really impressive production."
After returning from the Northern Italy trip, Rome students will enjoy one more travel weekend before final exams begin on May 2. The group will return to the U.S. on Tuesday, May 7.