We woke up early and were ready to leave on the bus by nine. We needed the early start in order to have more time to re-wander Rome, one last time. A few people wanted to buy things specifically, such as shirts or other souvenirs, or go to restaurants again. When we got back to Rome in the afternoon and unpacked at the new hotel, the Cicierone, I left with a small group to find souvenirs. I ended up getting a small model of the Coliseum and Tower of Pisa for a generous price. We passed by a market near the Tiber River that we had never seen before, but it started to rain after we had been there for nearly an hour.
It didn’t rain for long, so later in the evening, after I had finally finished reading Tilt, I went out with some of the students and we found a quick dinner near the Piazza del Fiore. It was nice to be back in Rome, since we had been there the longest. By now, it really felt like we almost lived in Italy, and out of all the places we had been, Rome was our home.