Today was our first full day in Italy! We started our day with breakfast at 8:00am, which is very early for some of us. Shortly after that we got onto the bus to see the leaning tower of Pisa and its city. Our drive we slightly delayed by the traffic of the early morning. Upon arrival, our bus was swarmed by vendors selling from sunglasses to small wooden carvings. We had two hours on our own to explore Pisa, and enjoy a little shopping. Everyone had a lot of fun taking funny pictures that looked like they were pushing the leaning tower of Pisa! After we left Pisa we made our way to Fattoria Il Poggio which was a local farm where they make wine, and serve food from the farm. We got to enjoy a local Italian food tasting, which was delicious! Our waiters were great, especially Mario. Lauren claims that Mario is her future Italian husband, and took several pictures with him hoping that he will find her in the near future. He even kissed her cheek! I’m sure that was a memory she will never forget! After we ate the delicious, plethora food the owners took us on a tour of the farm and showed us how they make their wine. It was really interesting, and a great experience for all of us. When we got back to our hotel we had time to ourselves to walk around the city of Montecatini. We found a park where a bunch of girls decided that we were all children again and jumped on the moon bounce for nearly 20 minutes. I promise she is okay though and will be playing in our game tomorrow in Florence (: At 8:30 we went to dinner even though we were all still full from lunch. We got to have a bowl of pesto, some chicken. Ashley finally liked the food for dinner for the first time on this trip so that was wonderful! The dessert was something that not many people have ever eaten but it was very appetizing. It was called panacata, everyone in America needs to try it! All in all, our first day in Italy was a great experience. We are all exhausted and ready to go to sleep because we have to wake up bright and early to go tour the beautiful city Florence!! Nobody is complaining though (:

Ciao!

Sydney, Ashley, and Sam