With everyone having arrived yesterday, we started the first day of the SMU-in-Italy Program by taking a trip into Rome. The first stop was S. Clemente church near the Colosseum. This church has three different levels that correspond to the different time periods when different structures existed. The fist phase of the church was during the Imperial Period of the Roman Empire followed by later building phases in the 4th and 12th centuries.
After visiting S. Clement we went to the area where there are older sites. We went to the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill, and the Roman Forum.
Following the Roman Forum we went up to Michelangelo’s Campidoglio and then headed over to the Pantheon. The Pantheon is an old Roman temple that was converted into a church in later centuries. The Pantheon is a very important Roman building not only because it is the most complete, but also because SMU’s Dallas Hall drew inspiration from this building.
From the Pantheon we walked over to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. They released the group for some free time, and I went over to the Piazza del Popolo and then the group met back up at the Piazza Navona.