The Saint Joseph's women's basketball team is on a 10-day tour of Italy from August 13 to 23, playing three games and touring the historic cities of Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Venice, Treviso and Como.
Along with this page, fans can follow the Hawks throughout the trip through social media as SJU will be active on Twitter (@SJUHawks_WBB), Instagram (SJUHawks_WBB), Facebook (SJUHawksWBB) and Snapchat (SJUHawks_WBB), as well as recaps and blog entries on SJUHawks.com. SJU's Avery Marz will also be blogging her experiences, with recaps posted here.
August 13, 2017
The 2017-2018 Hawks have just left Hagan on a bus to JFK. Our Delta flight to Rome leaves at 8:42 pm. Wish us good luck and safe travels!!!
August 14, 2017
Ciao!!! After a successful flight the Hawks met with our amazing tour guide Susie from Seattle We all took a bus to a local Sheraton where we had our first small breakfast spread as a team. The breakfast consisted of eggs, bacon, Nutella croissants and other various meats and cheeses. After we finished our tour guide went over a map of Rome with us in order to get an idea of what we would be seeing on our bus tour and orientation walking tour. We split into two groups with two separate tour guides and were given a headset and walkman in order to hear the tour guide up ahead of our group. As we began to walk through the narrow streets of Rome we began to witness the various vendors, restaurants with beautiful outdoor seating and the many gelato places! As a whole I believe the teams favorite spot of the day was the famous Trevi Fountain. It is tradition to make a wish as you throw money over your left shoulder which made it a great first stop for a good luck wish for our games coming up and a little gelato. After the fountain we visited a famous church and took a team picture in the plaza before headed to The Metropole Hotel! We then had free time to explore and eat our first dinner in Rome! Addio for now!
August 15, 2017
Today was a major holiday in Rome called Assumption day! It celebrates the day that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. On this day the Hawks were fortunate enough to see and explore the awe-inspiring colosseum, which was the site of the Roman gladiatorial games. We split into two groups with two different tour guides as we learned the about the history of the colosseum, that gladiators that fought, and the overall experience and social spectacle that the gladiator games once were. After the colosseum we were able to explore more of Rome on our own for dinner and experience the night life along the river and in Traverse.