Following The Ramblers In Italy: The Florence Days

Jordan Hicks at the top of the Leaning Tower

Jordan Hicks at the top of the Leaning Tower
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Aug. 17, 2012

Ciao!

Wednesday was a busy day for the team as it toured the city of Florence and all of its amazing attractions and shops. The first stop on the tour was the Accademia Gallery to get a glimpse of Florence's most famous masterpiece, Michelangelo's David. Once the team soaked in the works of art in the Accademia, it went on a walking tour of the city making stops at the colorful Florence Cathedral and the Ponte Vecchio, which is the oldest bridge in the city, built in 1345!

There were plenty of lighthearted moments as the team made its way through town as several players stopped to have their caricatures drawn. Two players, who will go unnamed to protect their identities, had their caricatures produced together and the artist apparently thought these two Ramblers were more than teammates and illustrated that with his drawing. After the tour of Florence, the team received some free time to shop and explore Florence on its own before dinner.

Today (Friday) the team started the day with a quick breakfast before boarding the bus for Pisa. Although you could hardly describe the weather as cool at any point on the trip, today was without question the hottest day since the Ramblers have been in Italy, with temperatures pushing 100 degrees.

Our enthusiastic tour guide, Carlotta, showed the team around the Field of Miracles, which includes St. Mary's Cathedral (also known as the Duomo), the Baptistry and the famous Leaning Tower. After learning about the history of each of those buildings, the Ramblers hiked the entire 296 steps, twisting and turning their way up to the top of the Leaning Tower, where everyone enjoyed a scenic view of Pisa.

Once the team descending the Tower, it was time to make the one-hour drive back to Florence to get ready for the final practice prior to tomorrow's game against Pallacanestro Bassano del Grappa, the Ramblers' second game of the trip.

Saturday, the team departs Florence in the morning to make the approximately 150-mile drive to Treviso, which is located just outside of Venice, to rest up as they look to win for the second time in as many tries on the trip.

Provided the arena has internet capabilities, we will be providing live updates on Twitter (@LoyolaRamblers) and will have a recap posted on the site upon the completion of the contest. Game time is at 11:30 a.m. Central.