Gettin’ Chigi With It All Over Europe

To say that these past three weeks have flown by would be an understatement. With packed schedules, field trips and school work, we have never stopped moving the entire trip, and I honestly don’t remember the last time I had a full night’s sleep, but I wouldn’t change a thing about it. This trip has already exceeded my expectations in every way possible, and I can’t imagine how it could get any better — but I know it will. We’ve traveled to the towns around Ariccia in the Castelli Romani and learned about the rich history in each one. We’ve traveled to see the sights and splendors of Rome including the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps and of course the Vatican. Some of us have already had the chance and were able to travel to Greece this past weekend. Needless to say, we are taking every opportunity to make the most of the twelve short weeks we get to spend here in the Chigi Palace.

Today, we had the chance to visit the Villa D’Este, which is a Renaissance villa and garden built in the mid 1500s by Cardinal D’Este. This garden features soaring fountains, breathtaking views of the cities below, and architecture only seen in movies. We had the chance to explore the gardens on our own and stood in awe as we learned that none of the fountains use electricity, they are all powered by hydraulics and pressure. I think it’s safe to say that today was one of the greatest days we’ve had so far; but then again, we say that every day.

-Christopher Vought

The group in front of a fountain in Villa D'Este

The group in front of a fountain in Villa D’Este