Tommy Mambourg ’11 – This trip has been quite the adventure. Professor Bill Cook has an abundant amount of knowledge on Italy that cannot be expressed in words, let alone in a classroom. The amount of material we have covered in just over a week seems to be equivalent to the knowledge gained in a classroom at Wabash. Therefore, the actual classroom does not do enough justice compared to being here in Italy and actually experiencing it. As the last day in Italy is about to close, I have finally realized how great this opportunity has been for me.
Today has been one our shorter days. Professor Cook gave us the afternoon off to experience Florence for ourselves. But this morning it was business as usual.
First, we stopped at Santa Maria Novella in Florence, which is the second largest church in Florence compared to the Cathedral.
On our second trip, we took a bus up a hill, where we landed at our next destination — the Basilica di San Miniato el Monte, which is above the piazza de Michelangelo. As we got to the top of the stairs to the church the group saw one of the best views of Florence.