LIFE/Madeline Merlic: Discovering Tuscania


Recently I had the opportunity to go to the city of Tuscania for my Italian Hill Towns class field trip.

We arrived in the late afternoon by a bus from Viterbo and wondered around the town. Our purpose was to gain a better understanding of the structure of the medieval city and why certain things were put in place to ensure the safety of the town. As we ventured into the city, our professor would point out various buildings, while the class would quickly write down what he was saying. 

We spent time sitting beside a medieval tower, learning about it’s origins as a defensive point for the town. There were many of these towers in the medieval ages but as time went on, most were taken down or refurbished as homes. As the sun beat against the top of my head, it’s rays would warm me up. A cool breeze would drift by every so often, cooling me down. I couldn’t help but think just how lucky I was to be in this beautiful town, learning it’s history.

As the afternoon continued, we made our way down to the park where we enjoyed beautiful views of the old church that sits on the hill beside the city center. A long steep drive leads up to it’s gates. Inside the park, there were children playing while their mothers looked on, joy in their eyes.  The rolling green hills looked very picturesque, almost as if they were calling out to us, look at me!

After our visit to the park, we walked down towards the church, passing a bar along the way. The Tuscanian locals looked at us with curiosity, almost surprised to see such a large group of American students in their quite town.

Walking up towards the church, we passed through what was at one point, Via Claudia, one of the largest ancient Roman trading roads that ran throughout Italy during the height of the empire. One can only imagine the hustle and bustle that must have happened on this road. What is left is a protected section of large dark stones, sunk down into the road. If only those stones could talk.

As the afternoon came to a close and the sun started to set, all of us climbed abroad the bus that would take us back to our home away from home, Viterbo.

Hello, my name is Madeline Merlic and I am a student from California studying abroad in Viterbo, Italy. I am currently in my last year of university and in May of 2016 I will graduate with a degree in Journalism and Public Relations with two minors in History and European studies from California State University, Chico. I enjoy traveling and documenting my trips through photos.

Ciao, mi chiamo Madeline Merlic e sono una studentessa californiana. Questo è il mio ultimo anno di università e ho deciso di venire a studiare a Viterbo prima di laurearmi in Giornalismo e Public Relations all’università di Chico a Maggio 2017. Mi piace viaggiare e documentare i miei viaggi con delle foto.

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