The Clemson women’s basketball team is in Italy from Aug. 4-14 for a tour which includes stops in Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Florence and Rome, games against three international teams and unlimited opportunities for learning, bonding and creating unforgettable memories.
Read about each day of our adventure:
Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 | Day 7 | Day 8
Thursday was our ninth and final day in Italy, and we saved one of the most impressive destinations for last, as we visited Vatican City and toured the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum.
There are no pictures and no talking allowed in the Sistine Chapel, so our tour guide told us a lot of the information about the artwork prior to entering the chapel. It wasn’t until we actually stepped inside that we realized the magnitude of Michelangelo’s work. It is incredible to think that he painted the entire, massive ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, in such intricate detail, standing on scaffolding, craning his neck and holding his arm up with the paintbrush, and that it took him only four years (1508-1512) to complete it.
After our Vatican Tour, we headed back to the hotel and were on our own for lunch and to explore the city for the rest of the afternoon. A few groups headed directly to visit the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Trevi Fountain, unfortunately, was undergoing restorations, so there was not any water in it, which was a bit of a disappointment. Other groups did some last minute souvenir shopping and stopped for one final serving of gelato.
Dinner on our last night in Italy was a traditional, seven-course Italian meal, which consisted of a selection of appetizers, two different pastas, three different meats and tiramisu for dessert. Throughout the meal, we were serenaded by a signing guitarist, who had several of the players and staff members involved in his act, whether dancing, singing or playing the guitar. (We’ll have plenty of entertaining photos and videos to share with you when we get back!) All in all, it was a great evening and a great way to end our incredible Italy adventure.
Be sure to follow us on Instagram (@culadytigers) and Twitter (@ClemsonWBB) throughout the day every day for the most up-to-date information about our trip. We’ll also do our best to recap each day on ClemsonTigers.com, wi-fi permitting!
September 26, 2021