After a good night sleep, we headed over to Capella Palatina. I actually had been there a year before but seeing it a second time did not take away from the beauty of the gold mosaics. This time, I was able to look at each image and understand what I was looking at since everyone in the group was assigned a mosaic to explain to the class. We got in trouble with a rude tour guide but we didn’t let her negative energy affect us.
We had an amazing lunch right after and had a local specialty, pasta alla Norma, a pasta dish with eggplants. It was so good that I probably had it 5 more times during the trip! What was really great about the lunch though was that the Latin class and the Italian class finally got a chance to intermingle. Here’s us at the restaurant, looking still a bit uncomfortable with each other (we all ended up getting really close by the end of the trip though!). heehee
After lunch, we had THE coolest part of the trip (in my opinion), which was the walking tour with Addiopizzo. We met individuals that were doing their part to fight against the mafia by not paying the pizzo (a tax that business owners are forced to pay by the mafia) and also individuals that were involved in organizing the movement. Amazing!