Month: June 2014

Field trips are fantastico!

The USAC program in Viterbo, Italy includes field trips to amazing places. You experience the history, culture and beauty of Italy in a much deeper way than you would as a tourist. My next few posts will show our field trips. The field trips make the topics studied in classes “come alive”.

Our first field trip was to Rome, on Saturday May 31st. With the USAC field trips, you may stay longer and come back on your own. I stayed two nights in Rome.

Monday, June 2, was Italy’s Festa Della Repubblica, celebrating when Italians voted to oust the monarchy and become a republic, June 2, 1946. The royal family, who supported Benito Mussolini’s rule, was exiled.

Here are a few pics from Rome, the capital of Italy, and Vatican City, a separate nation.

A bit about student life in Viterbo, Italy.

My apartment is nice, close to the school and one block from Porta Romana gate to the medieval walled part of the city. My building was built in 1300, same as the church across the street. My sidewalk is scary-narrow!

Cars and pedestrians share the narrow streets of the walled city. You get used to being a part of traffic.

USAC students socialize at the many ‘bars’ , pizzarias, and trattorias.
Gelatorias are a favorite stop. Yum! A bar in Italia is where you go for caffe and a pastry in the morning, or for a sandwich and beverage. At aperitivo time, the bars offer free appetizers with your beverage.