Yesterday, the Calder Classics Rome students competed in a scavenger hunt around Rome. Split into two teams, the students had 20 tasks to choose from that took them all around Rome. Each group wrote a little recap of their adventures, which you can read below.
"Gruppo 1" decided to do the items on the list that took them to the north side of the city: "first, we went to the Temple of Hercules Victor to take a selfie. Then, we went to the Piazza Navona to take a photo in front of the fountain sculpted by Bernini. One of the items was to find the weirdest gelato flavor we could, so we found English Soup gelato and tried that. Then we went to the Trevi Fountain to throw a coin into it. One of the other items was to go to the top of the monument to Vittorio Emanuele, so we went there but couldn't find the stairs to the top so we took a photo on the middle balconies. We then translated a bunch of the Latin and Italian sentences that Sarah and Clare put on the scavenger hunt."
"Gruppo 2," on the other hand, decided to take on the scavenger hunt challenges that kept them closer to home by San Saba and the Aventine Hill: "we started around the Colosseum and our group decided that we'd go to the bistro near the Circus Maximus to do the questions that didn't require having to go to actual sites. On our way, we took a picture near the Circus Maximus as one of the aspects to our scavenger hunt. We went to the coffee place to translate the Latin and Italian and then went to Piramide to see the inscription. Also at the bistro, Kate bought and tasted the Trapizzino. On the way to Piramide, Araba tried goat cheese gelato as our unusual flavor. We then headed home to do the questions that required research. From there we went to Eataly to answer the question in Latin about where to find fish in Eataly (secundum tabulatum tabernae!)"
The students were then given their last clue, which was to meet Sarah and Clare for dinner at Flavio al Velavevodetto, a restaurant that was built into Monte Testaccio, an ancient pile of shattered amphorae that dates back to the 1st century CE. What a day!