A relatively light day for the GW Men's Basketball team as we made the four-hour drive north to Firenze, or Florence as it's known to the rest of the world. Our tour guide Nick Tozzi couldn't even begin to explain why it's known differently outside of Italy.
One thing to add about Italy during this tour is that, much like DC this summer, it's extremely hot. By the time we reached Florence, the temperature was over 100 degrees, but our trip to the air conditioned Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's statue of David helped cool the group down. Photos are strictly forbidden, so a description is the best we can do and you can Google it too.
David, who stands pensive in the moments before he slayed Goliath, is the most famous work of Michelangelo and considered to be the world's greatest sculpture and a symbol for Italian strength. It's striking in its size and also in its detail, as coursing veins and tense muscles can be easily seen. We continued through the streets of Firenze, even bumping into GW alumna Amy Orloff '84 and Paris Maragkos' father along the way, to view the Duomo, the Baptistery, and the Piazza di Santa Croce.
A quick shower at the hotel and back on the bus to dinner at La Certosa, but not before stopping at Michelangelo Park along the way for a breathtaking panoramic view of Florence.
At La Certosa, we enjoyed a true Italian dinner - as stated by our second generation Italian Athletics Director Patrick Nero - of prosciutto, rice with vegetables, rigatoni with red sauce, insalada, potatoes, four meats and spumoni for dessert.
Joining us at dinner was a large group, many of which came from Argentina - the home nation of freshman Patricio Garino. While Patricio didn't last long on the dance floor, some of our other players did...ahem, Lasan Kromah, Kevin Larsen and John Kopriva to be exact.
You can check out their dance moves, and some other sights from our trip and tour of Florence, on the newest video post over on the @GW_MBB TwitVid channel. You can also take a look at some photos from today in the photo gallery.
Some rest tonight to prepare for a goodwill visit and game at Livorno's Camp Darby U.S. Army base tomorrow. Andiamo GW!