Jessica in Italy

Jessica is a senior marketing major, with a minor in art history, who leaves in June for an archaeological dig outside of Vicchio, in the Mugello Valley, as part of SMU-in-Italy: Archaeology. The site is an Etruscan settlement that has been being excavated for about 12 years.

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First weekend trip

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Today the entire student group, including the Keck kids, went to Florence. We took a walking tour of the city with Dr. Warden and Matt Coonin as our guides. The city is gorgeous!

Florence5.jpgThen we all went to the Archaeological Museum where Dr. Warden walked us through the whole museum and talked about all of the pieces on display and their significance, as well as what some of them mean to our studies at Poggia Colla. We even got to see some closed exhibits (which of course is where all the good stuff is)!!

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Florencedinner2.jpgAfter touring and the museum, the students split off and went to lunch. Kyle knew of the most amazing restaurant and we ate family style until we couldn’t fit anything more in our stomachs! It was fabulous!!!!! We had rigatone made in a wood fire, pasta with chingale ragu, and green gnocchi with a tomato cream sauce!! (in photo: Kyle, Joanna, Me, and Mike at lunch)

Sienna1.jpgThen, Leigh, Mindy, Matt, Alex F, Joanna, Cameron, Jayme, Lisa, Cathy, and I jumped on the bus and headed for Siena!! When we got there, we could already see that it was amazing! The whole city is medieval and all of the streets are teeny and winding around the Campo (left) in the center. Il Palio is on Sunday but the festivities started today, so the whole place is abuzz with excitement and locals supporting their Contrada (neighborhood)!

Sienna2.jpgWe wandered the city and went to the Duomo (right), which has amazingly beautiful marbles. I could have walked this city forever!!

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