Men's Basketball's Italian Trip - Day 6

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Below is a Look Back at Previous Days of the Trip

Day 4

We started Day Four by making the 165-mile bus ride from Venice to Florence.  Once we arrived in Florence we went straight to our hotel for check-in...the Grand Hotel Baglioni...nice place!

We wasted no time in checking out the sights of this truly amazing city.  First, there was a formal tour of the city, highlighted by stop to see Michelangelo's David.  We continued and saw the city's famed Cathedral and its gravity-defying dome.  This tour included seeing the Ponte Vecchio, which is the oldest bridge in the city (built in 1345).

After the bus tour, everyone had time to rest, shop and enjoy dinner on their own.

Day 3

We started Day Three with another 8 a.m. wake-up call. Even though it's Game Day, we took a water taxi back to enjoy another morning in Venice. Our plan on the second day in Venice was to continue exploring and do some shopping. It's a truly, absolutely amazing city. At 1:15, we gathered everyone together and returned to the hotel to rest before our pre-game meal. Strength coach Sean Hayes arranged for a wonderful pre-game dinner of penne pasta, chicken and roasted potatoes.

Late in the afternoon, we made the 45-minute ride to Dueville for tonight's game against the Vicenze All-Stars. It was a great atmosphere for a basketball game, with a full house of fans, including a vocal section of Bulldogs!

Before the game, the Bulldogs exchanged gifts as part of a sportsmanship ceremony that was highlighted by the playing of both countries' national anthems. The Georgia players gave red hats with the signature "G" on the front, while the Vicenze team gave our players T-shirts.

The Bulldogs dominated the game from the start, leading 44-26 at halftime and finishing with an 83-58 victory. Georgia was led in scoring by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Nemanja Djurisic -- playing in front of his parents, who had driven from Montenegro -- both of whom had 14 points. Tim Dixon enjoyed a big night on the boards, snagging 10 rebounds to go along with his eight points. Other standout numbers included nine rebounds from Donte' Williams, 20 offensive rebounds by the Bulldogs, as well as 46 percent shooting from the floor.

For the next stop on our tour of Italy, we will depart in the morning for the magnificent city of Florence.

Day 2

We started Day Two with a wake-up call is at 8:00 a.m. After a world-class breakfast in Como, we took a two-and-a-half-hour bus ride to the city of Mestre, which is on the outskirts of Venice. A lot of guys are still recovering from jet lag and they spent much of the bus ride snoozing.

From our hotel in Mestre, we all took a water taxi to the Grand Canal and the Piazza San Marco Square in Venice. We spent the afternoon there and visited a whole slew of memorable sights, including St. Marc's Square, the Rialto Bridge, the Bridge of Sighs, Procuratie, Museo Correr, St. Marc's Basilica and Riva Degli Schiavioni.

We let the guys enjoy dinner on their own before regrouping in the evening for the ride back to our hotel.

We started Day Three with another 8 a.m. wake-up call. Even though it's Game Day, we took a water taxi back to enjoy another morning in Venice. Our plan on the second day in Venice was to continue exploring and do some shopping. It's a truly, absolutely amazing city. At 1:15, we gathered everyone together and returned to the hotel to rest before our pre-game meal. Strength coach Sean Hayes arranged for a wonderful pre-game dinner of penne pasta, chicken and roasted potatoes.

Stay tuned for more dispatches from Italy, including a recap of our game later Monday against the Vicenza All-Stars.

Day 1

The rest will be important because Wednesday is Game Day and our guys are excited about playing another game!

Stay tuned for more dispatches from Italy, including a recap of our game later Wednesday against the Atletas Kaunas.

We had a slow start to our trip. The plane was delayed for 3 hours in Atlanta. Once airborne, we had a smooth, 9-hour flight to Milan.

Once we landed and cleared customs, we were off and running on the sightseeing tour. First we went to the city center of Milan and saw the largest Gothic cathedral in Italy, Duomo di Milano. The size and architecture was quite a sight. We also got to see Brandon Morris feed the pigeons in the square.

We then drove one hour to Como, checked in to our hotel, got on a boat to tour Lake Como. A one-hour boat ride took us to the small Italian town of Bellagio. Along the way we saw many seaside villas, including one owned by George Clooney.

Once we returned to the hotel, at 6 pm, the players were anxious to try some of the local food, which we surely did. After an overnight flight and a full day of sightseeing, they also needed to get plenty of water in their systems, and to get to the rooms and relax.

We have an early wake up call for tomorrow and another full day in Venice. More later.The preceding e-mail message (including any attachments) contains information that may be confidential, may be protected by the attorney-client or other applicable privileges, or may constitute non-public information. It is intended to be conveyed only to the designated recipient(s) named above. If you are not an intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender by replying to this message and then delete all copies of it from your computer system. Any use, dissemination, distribution, or reproduction of this message by unintended recipients is not authorized and may be unlawful.

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