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    The Italian Blog

    Associate Director of Athletic Communications April Goode, along with members of the Virginia Tech women’s basketball team will be blogging daily throughout the week to keep Hokie fans up-to-date on the trip as the team tours around Italy. In addition to the daily blogs, photo galleries and recaps of the team’s three games will be posted throughout the tour.

    Also be sure to follow the team on Twitter @VT_WBBall and Instagram @VTHokieWBB for updates during the 10-day trip.


    May 28, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    There is no other word to describe the final day in Italy on the shores of Lake Como besides beautiful. The sun was shining and the weather was warm as the Hokies set out for a boat tour around the lake this morning. ... Read More

    May 27, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    The Hokies said goodbye to Padova this morning and set off on the final leg of the journey, Lake Como, with a stop in Verona along the way. ... Read More

    May 26, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    Day 8: A beautiful day in Venice ... Read More

    May 25, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    Day 7: A day of travel and the final game ... Read More

    May 24, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    A beautiful Saturday morning started when we were welcomed to the day with a scrumptious breakfast. Much like many of the others we have had on this trip, the familiar taste of bacon and scrambled eggs with the odd croissant and pastry adding that slight touch of Europe. The sun was glistening off the windows and through the picturesque courtyard outside of our hotel. Although some were ailed with sickness (readers never fear, only a sore throat and cough were present) we journeyed onward to the lovely city of Pisa. ... Read More

    May 23, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    Leaving Rome today was bittersweet, and the rain reflected our mood to an extent. It’s never fun to leave one of the most historical and beautiful cities in the world, but we were all excited to see what Florence had to hold. ... Read More

    May 22, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    After two exhausting days, our adventures continued to the Colosseum. On this warm day, we were shadowed by such beautiful arches; walking through these only led to something bigger and better. The history of this place was just magnificent as our tour guide enthralled us with her knowledge. We couldn’t wait to take our cameras out and capture such amazing views ... Read More

    May 21, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    An Italian buffet breakfast in the hotel started the day, and then we were headed for Vatican City by 8:15 a.m. Va ... Read More

    May 20, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    I think that traveling is one of the most valuable and enriching experiences in our lives, increasing our knowledge, opening our minds, enriching our spirits, extending new moral values; and you can find many destinations in the world that would fulfill your desires. ... Read More

    May 20, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    I bring you this blog entry as the Hokies make their way across the Atlantic toward Munich for the first leg of the journey. We departed a sunny Blacksburg at 12:30 p.m. on Monday (following a morning team practice) and enjoyed some lunch on the bus as we made our way to the airport in Charlotte to get checked in for our 6:55 flight to Munich. After getting all checked in, the team, coaches, support staff and fans made themselves comfortable around the airport as everyone tried to find outlet space for last minute charging of all their electronic devices. ... Read More

    May 13, 2014
    Women's Basketball: The Italian Blog

    BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Virginia Tech women’s basketball team is set to depart the Virginia Tech campus on Monday, May 19 to begin a 10-day foreign tour of Italy, as the Hokies are set to play three games while traveling throughout the country. ... Read More

    Current time in Italy:

    Monday, May 19
    12:30 p.m. – Depart Blacksburg
    6:55 p.m. – Depart on Lufthansa Flight #429 (8hr, 50min)

    Tuesday, May 20
    9:45 a.m. – Arrive in to Munich Airport (Time Zone change, ahead 6 hrs)
    12:30 p.m. – Depart Munich for Rome, Lufthansa Flight #1844 (1hr, 30min)
    2 p.m. – Arrive in to Rome Fiumicino Airport, clear custom
    Bus to Rome City Center for a short walking tour
    Check in to hotel and on own for dinner and sightseeing

    Wednesday, May 21
    6:30 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    8:30 a.m. – Bus to Vatican City
    9:15 a.m. – Sightseeing tour of the Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel
    Bus back to hotel, team dinner

    Thursday, May 22
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    10 a.m. – Meet local guide for walking tour
    11:20 a.m. – Sightseeing tour of the Colosseum & Roman Forum
    Own own to shop, eat and sightsee
    5:30 p.m. – Bus to game in Santa Marinella
    7:30 p.m. – Game vs. USD Santa Marinella
    9:30 p.m. – Bus back to hotel

    Friday, May 23
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    8 a.m. – Check out of hotel
    9:30 a.m. – Depart by bus to Florence
    2:15 p.m. – Sightseeing tour of Florence with guide, including Accademia Gallery and Michelangelo’s David
    5:00 p.m. – Bus to Montecatini Terme, check in to hotel
    6 p.m. – Team Dinner

    Saturday, May 24
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    9:30 a.m. – Bus to Pisa
    11 a.m. – Tour Pisa, go to top of Lean Tower of Pisa
    1 p.m. – Bus back to Montecatini Terme
    4:15 p.m. – Bus to game in La Spezia
    6:30 p.m. – Game vs. AS Virtus Basket Spezia
    8:30 p.m. – Dinner at Harbor in La Spezia post game
    10:30 p.m. – Bus back to hotel

    Sunday, May 25
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    10 a.m. – Check out of hotel
    Noon – Eat pregame in Montecatini Terme
    1 p.m. – Bus to Bologna, Italy
    4 p.m. – Game vs. Israel Nationals
    Check in to hotel in Padova, on own for dinner, sightseeing

    Monday, May 26
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    10 a.m. – Bus to Venice
    11 a.m. – Boat transfer to Venice via Grand Canal
    1 p.m. – Walking tour of Venice/afternoon in Venice
    4 p.m. – Boat transfer back to bus
    5 p.m. – Bus back to hotel
    6 p.m. – Team Dinner

    Tuesday, May 27
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    Check out of hotel
    Bus to Como
    12:30 p.m. – Stop in Verona to sightsee
    2 p.m. – Bus from Verona to Como
    Check in to hotel, on own for dinner, sightseeing

    Wednesday, May 28
    7 a.m. – Breakfast at hotel
    10 a.m. – Sightseeing tour of Lake Como by boat
    11:15 a.m. – Stop at Bellagio to eat lunch, shop and sightsee
    2 p.m. – Boat tour ends
    Team Dinner

    Thursday, May 29
    Breakfast at hotel
    5:15 a.m. – Check out of hotel
    5:45 a.m. – Bus to airport in Milan
    7 a.m. – Arrive at Milan Malpensa Airport
    9 a.m. – Depart on Lufthansa Flight #1854 to Munich
    10:10 a.m. – Arrive in Munich Airport
    12:25 p.m. – Depart Munich on Lufthansa Flight #428
    4:20 p.m. – Arrive in Charlotte Airport

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