Aug 19, 2013
ROME, Italy - The University of Nevada men's basketball team and travel party spent Monday morning touring the Colosseum and Roman Forum. The tour guide met the team at the hotel at 9 a.m. and it was off through the streets of Rome on the bus.
Along the way our guide informed us on the various sites we were seeing as we traveled toward our destination. Upon arrival we departed for the short walk to the Colosseum. An amazing site, construction started in 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD. Famous for its gladiatorial contests it was also used for public spectacles and theater for all types of performances. It was estimated to hold up to 80,000 spectators.
The team walked throughout the Colosseum taking several photos during the tour. Tourists even asked to take photos with members of the Wolf Pack during the morning. Head coach David Carter organized a team photo outside the Colosseum prior to leaving.
A short distance away was the Roman Forum. The Forum was the central area of the city around which ancient Rome developed. It is believed commerce, business and the administration of justice first took place at the Forum.
As the morning tour neared its end all those in the group were tired and we quickly boarded the bus back to the hotel. The rest of the day was a free opportunity to explore the city as there were no scheduled events.
Tomorrow is the final full day in Italy as the team leaves for the airport early Wednesday morning. No tours are scheduled so another chance to venture out on your own.
The Pack will play its final game of the tour Tuesday night at 9 p.m. After having each one of his assistants coach a game coach Carter will run the team in the final game.
Make sure to check out the photos in the gallery from today's tour.