Rachel in Rome

Rachel had the great experience of visiting Rome as part of a Macalester College semester abroad program from February to June 2004. Here are some of her photographs.

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The Rome soccer team battles their opponents! Before you go to the game, make sure you know plenty of cheers and victory songs, put on your orange and dark blue (NOT to be confused with white and light blue, which are the colors of Rome's most bitter rival), and pack your riot gear (you'll need it).

Here I am with some of my fellow students in the medieval town Assisi, which is the birthplace of St. Francis. We ate dinner at this delightfully rustic restaurant.

Another picture from Assisi. The shops and homes that line the snake-like, hilly streets are all adorned with extraordinary detail and decoration.

The world-famous basilica of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan order. many original frescoes from the revolutionary medieval painter, Mabuse, are on the walls on ceiling of this 2-story basilica.

The changing of the guard on Via del Corso in downtown Rome.

The Coloseum in Rome at night

This is what you'll see when you get off at Colosseo on the Metro B line at night!

Quincy Jones hosted his We Are the Future concert, a reprise to his We Are the World concert, at Circus Maximus this May. My roommates and I walked the ten minutes to Circus Maximus from our apartment in the early afternoon and stayed until 1:00 a.m. to see Andrea Botticeli, Josh Groban, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Chris Rock, Alicia Keys, Carlos Santana et al. This is a view of the concert-goers; in the background you can see Palatine Hill.

I threw a coin over my shoulder into the Trevi Fountain my last day in Rome. This means that I'm destined to return someday!

Here are two of my roommates and I at the Colosseo metro stop during our first week in Rome.

Luneur is an amusement park that sprung out of EUR, which is the development that Mussolini built to the south of the city in anticipation of the World's Fair that was scheduled to take place in Rome in the 1940s. Needless to say, World War II broke out and the World's Fair was off. Today, EUR remains one the best examples of rationalist architecture. Here I am with some fellow IES students at the entrance to the amusement park.

Here I am with my sardinian friend, Marcello, in front of the spanish steps. He's sporting what you'd call a 'fauxhak,' which is quite popular in Italy (along with the 'mullet').

There are many delicious pastries in Italy--especially in Perugia, where this lovely shop of sweets is located.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

In a suburb of Rome.

We're waiting for our pizzas!

My roommate, Dylan, took this gorgeous picture of the basilica of St. Peter at sunset. located in Vatican City and seat of the Catholic church, St. Peter's is the largest basilica in the world.

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