John the Baptist mosaic
The coolest thing about Mantua was the Palazzo Te, a palace with amazing frescoes and paintings. Our absolute favorite was the Room of the Giants, an enormous bigger-than-life painting that stretched the entire size of the room depicting the epic fight between the Titans and the Olympians. It was amazing. They had some other cool rooms in the palace, but none compared to that one.
Our final day here was one of rest, relaxation, preparation, and extreme heat. After a late start to the day, Andrew and I accompanied Gary, Rachel, and Pete to the beach in Ravenna for some surf and sun. It was boiling hot, but the Adriatic Sea was a wonderful temperature, even if it was a little dirty. We couldn’t spend too long sunning on the sand because it was boiling us alive, so we spent the three hours hopping in and out of the water. The past couple of hours here back at the house have been spent packing and arranging things for our departure tomorrow. Coincidentally, Meagan and the team are also headed south to play in Rome, so we’re lucky enough to ride along with them as far as Nettuno before transferring to Naples.