Thursday, Aug. 11Tour FlorenceGame vs. TK Hannover (German team) Saturday, Aug. 13Tour San MarinoGame vs. Pesaro Select Tuesday, Aug. 9Tour Vatican City Friday, Aug. 12Travel – Florence to San MarinoTour San Marino DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team is nearing the start of its 10-day trip to Italy. Drake will have the last of the 10 allowable practices to prepare for the trip on Saturday morning before departing for Italy on Sunday night. Sunday, Aug. 14Travel – San Marino to Venice, ItalyTour VeniceTravel – Venice to Lake Como, Italy Sunday, Aug. 7Travel – Des Moines to Minneapolis to Rome, Italy Monday, Aug. 8Arrive in RomeTour Rome Wednesday, Aug. 17Travel – Lake Como to Milan, Italy to New York to Minneapolis to Des MoinesPrint Friendly Version Monday, Aug. 15Tour Lake Como Below is the Bulldogs’ itinerary for the trip along with the schedule for their three games. Be sure to visit the trip central page here for a daily recap that will include daily blog posts via Tumblr from the student-athletes. Photos and videos will also be posted. Use the hashtag #DogCiao to follow the team’s twitter (@drakewbb) and instgram (@drakewbb) accounts. The trip also includes an educational aspect as the team started a class Italy in a Global Economy on July 5 and is taught by Dr. Jeffrey A. Kappen, assistant professor of international business at Drake University. The class met for two hours a day, Monday to Thursday for four weeks leading up to the trip. The class will continue for the Bulldogs in Italy with the itinerary filled with ample chances to experience and learn from immersion in Italian culture while touring sites of historical and cultural significance. The Bulldogs will visit several Italian cities, including Rome, Florence, Venice and Como as well as microstate San Marino before returning to Des Moines on Aug. 17. Tuesday, Aug. 16Tour Lake Como Wednesday, Aug. 10Tour RomeTravel – Rome to Florence, ItalyGame vs. Italian Select Fifth-year head coach Jennie Baranczyk is excited for her team to partake in this once-in-a-lifetime trip while also getting the extra practices for her team that features three freshmen and Becca Jonas, who is back after missing the entire 2015-16 season due to injury. The extra practices allowed by the NCAA for teams taking overseas trips gave the Bulldogs opportunities to develop as a team before playing three games against foreign competition while in Italy. This will mark the first time in program history that Drake women’s basketball has taken an international summer trip.