In conjunction with Sports Travel International, GW Athletics has crafted an itinerary that will allow the men's basketball program to enjoy and experience many aspects of Italian culture and life in the country, as well as serve an ambassadorial role with American military bases and compete against some of Italy's top basketball players.
Below is a brief itinerary of the team's 10-day tour:
Day 1, Aug. 15
Team will depart Dulles International Airport in the late evening.
Day 2, Aug. 16
Team arrives in Rome in mid-afternoon and will enjoy a welcome dinner that evening.
Day 3, Aug. 17
Team will tour Rome, with planned stops at the Piazza Venezia, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and the Roman Colosseum.
Day 4, Aug. 18
Early departure to Naples for a visit to CNIC/Naval Support Activity base. GW will face the US Navy base team followed by a lunch on base. The team will then continue south to Mt. Vesuvius to tour the ruins at Pompeii before returning to Rome.
Day 5, Aug. 19
Team departs for Florence with a drive through the scenic Tuscany region. Upon arrival, the team will tour the Accademia Museum to see Michelangelo's famous "David" statue, the Duomo, Baptistery, Giotto's Bell Tower and Santa Croce. At night, the team will stop at Michelangelo Park overlooking Florence.
Day 6, Aug. 20
Afternoon trip to Pisa to tour the Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) and its Cathedral and Baptistery, and the world famous Leaning Tower. The team will also travel to US Army base Camp Darby to visit and compete against the base team.
Day 7, Aug. 21
Afternoon trip to tour the city of Siena.
Day 8, Aug. 22
Morning trip to Modena and afternoon visit to tour the Ferrari Museum. Evening travel to play Poggio Rusco where entire town is expected to attend the game.
Day 9, Aug. 23
Morning at leisure in Modena before departing for small town of Budrio to play A-League power Fortitudo Bologna, a team for which GW alumnus Mike Brown ('85) played in 1995-96. Depart for Lake Como region and Cernobbio for final leg of tour.
Day 10, Aug. 24
Morning at leisure before departing for final game vs. Varese Select.
Day 11, Aug. 25
Hydrofoil trip on Lake Como to Bellagio for individual activities and tours before farewell dinner overlooking Lake Como.
Day 12, Aug. 26
Early morning return flight to Washington Dulles International Airport.
Be sure to revisit 22&G and follow @GW_MBB on Twitter for updates during the tour.