Walking Tour in the Piazza Del Popolo and Piazza Di Spagna

For our last week, McKayla Bates, KateLynn Calabretta, and I got the chance to give our Education study abroad group a walking tour in the Piazza Del Popolo and Piazza Di Spagna. We started our tour by getting on the metro to Spagna which led us right to the top of the Spanish Steps or Scalinata di Trinita dei Monti. From there McKayla began the tour by talking about the Trinita Del Monti church right besides us. The Trinita Del Monti translates to the holy trinity of the mountains. It began in 1502 on behalf of the King of France, Louis XII. The church was made with a Gothic style and took...

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Tour of San Giovanni, Italy

On Thursday, December 1, we had the absolute pleasure to show our classmates San Giovanni, Italy. Our tour included the Saint Francis of Assisi monument, The Lateran Palace, Basilica of Saint John Lateran, and the Holy Stairs. The Assisi monument is located adjacent to the Basilica and was created in remembrance of the 700th anniversary of Saint Francis’s death. It shows the wonderful saint’s arms wide open with his stone disciples surrounding him. Secondly, the Lateran Palace used to be the home of the popes for about a thousand years until it moved to the Vatican. Today, it is...

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The Artwork of the Sistine Chapel

Last week, our Education group took a tour of the Sistine Chapel which can be found in the Vatican City. The Sistine Chapel is named after Pope Sixtus IV because he was the man that commissioned it. In 1508, Michelangelo who was 33 at the time was asked by Julius II to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. At first Michelangelo, did not want to paint it because he was already working on a marble project for Pope Julius II and he did not consider himself as painter. The ceiling is divided in nine scenes that come from the Book of Genesis, portraying the creation of the world from light to...

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Walking Tour of Trastevere and Janiculum Hill

Earlier this week, Michele, Mia, and I gave our walking tour of Trastevere and Janiculum Hill. We started our tour at the San Crisogono Church. This church is located in the neighborhood of Trastevere. The church is dedicated to the martyr Saint Chrysogonus and it was built in the 4th century under Pope Silvester I. The bell tower that is attached to the church dates back to the 12th century and the church was also rebuilt in the same century. In the 18th century, the Cardinal Scipione Borghese had Giovanni Battista do renovations to the church and had his name written over the facade. In...

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The Holy Doors in Italy

A few weeks ago, our group took a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. While the entire church was completely breathtaking, there was another aspect that we got to experience that not many other people would normally have the chance to do. That experience was the Holy Doors. There are four sets of Holy Doors in Italy: St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the Basilica of St. Mary the Great, and the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, all located in Rome. The Holy Doors were opened by Pope Francis in this “Jubilee...

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