After a long ride across the Atlantic Ocean, the Networks Professional Development Program made it to Rome, Italy! In Italy we met up with Kyle and Monica who have been studying abroad this summer semester, making our group 9 Scholars plus Kim LaGrange and her son Adam.
Once we lugged our suitcases through the complicated metro system and over the cobblestone streets, we checked into our beautiful 4-star hotel called Hotel Napoleon. Since we are in Rome, we enjoyed a traditional lunch of carbs, on carbs, on carbs with many types of pastas, cheeses, and other delicious foods.
In the afternoon we enjoyed wandering around different parts of the city and enjoyed traditional gelato outside of the Basilica di Santa Maria. For dinner the 10 students enjoyed sampling each other’s pizzas together at a local restaurant.
We had an early start to our second day in Rome. The day began with our first industry visit to Bic Lazio Business Incubator. With very accommodating hosts we learned about, and met, several of the entrepreneurs which the company supports. From there, our group headed to the European Space Agency which made quite the impression. It was astonishing to see the developments of their programs and the data they are able to collect
After a very trying trip back home on the train/metro, the Networks crew went our own way to the Spagna district of Rome. At this traditional Italian restaurant we all ordered and shared a different type of pasta. The favorites by far was the gnocchi that Lily and Larynda ordered, but the spaghetti with red sauce was also a popular choice.
Since the metro system closed without us realizing it, we walked back from the restaurant to our hotel, and although this wasn’t really planned, it allowed us to see the historical areas of the city including the famous Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. Unfortunately, both were under construction, but we were able to appreciate the grandeur of Ancient Rome. The experience is more unbelievable than we could imagine. Rome is starting to sink in.