DAY 5:  FRIDAY, JUNE 19, 2015

We spent Friday morning in the beautiful Villa Farnesina, a Renaissance villa in the Trastevere area built in the early 1500s for Agostino Chigi, the treasurer of Pope Julius II.  The villa became the property of the Farnese family later in the 16th century and is now owned by the Italian State.  The walls of the villa were decorated by elaborate floor to ceiling frescos by famous artists including Raphael, whose frescoes included The Triumph of Galatea.  Seeing the same frescoes that the students had learned about in their art history class with Prof. Marnin Young was particularly exciting.

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

Our group outside the Villa Farnesina

Our group outside the Villa Farnesina

In the afternoon, we returned to the ancient sites of Rome, visiting both Trajan’s Markets and the Colosseum.  The multi-level Trajan’s Market is believed to be the world’s oldest shopping mall, dating back to the first century.

And of course, what trip to Rome would be complete without a visit to the Colosseum?  This ancient Roman amphitheatre was constructed by the emperor Vespasian in the year 72 and completed under his successor Titus eight years later.  The Colosseum, which could hold up to 80,000 people, is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome.

Prof. Cwilich with students at the Colosseum

Prof. Cwilich with students at the Colosseum

After the Colosseum, the group headed back to the hotel to prepare for a restful and relaxing Shabbat, which renewed our energy for our second week in Italy!

 

 

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