Sunday, January 17, 2010

saturday the 16th

It took us 30 minutes less than we thought it would take to walk from the school to the bus station. We were instructed to meet at the station in Plaza de Armas at 9am to load a bus. The clock hit 9:30 before we rolled out. About 20 minutes outside of Sevilla, Italica awaited our visit.

Italica is an ancient Roman empire that was alive and kickin in 206BC. That's when it was founded. When we visited these ruins, they told us it was the 3rd largest Roman empire and that the amphitheater seated 25,000 people (about half of Rome's amphitheater)... We got to see where they stored the lions and the tunnels where the gladiators stayed until they went out to fight. It was beautiful. We were able to walk through the town..there are still some pillars that are standing where they supported the houses. The houses were tiny and we were able to see the colorful, but faded, tiled mosaics that served as their floors that were still in tact. They are over 1000 years old!!!!

It was a great first little excursion. I loved it.

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