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Friday, November 14th 2014

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Italian Tour 2014

Italian Tour 2014

The Italian tour 2014 was an unforgettable experience for nineteen Year 10 and 11 students. Our journey began with three days in Venice where we spent a day in Piazza San Marco, journeyed to the islands of Murano to see the ever famous glass making process and visited the isle of Burano, which is famous for its coloured buildings and lace materials.
After Venice we took a train to Florence, where we were lucky enough to spend four days at school immersing ourselves in the Italian language. We visited many famous churches and museums and had a day trip to Pisa where we climbed the famous Leaning Tower.
For the next few days we travelled through the Italian countryside visiting towns of Siena, Assisi and Perugia. We were all truly mesmerised by the beauty and history that these places offered. After Perugia we headed to the beautiful countryside of Ovrieto and had the chance to stay in an authentic Italian farmhouse and learnt how to cook with a true Italian style nonna. This was one of the many highlights from the trip that will be remembered forever. Our next stop was Pompeii where we walked through the ruins of the ash covered ancient city, that was forever captured in time after the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
In the next few days we were able to relax from visiting churches and museums and spent our days exploring coastal Positano, The Amalfi, Sorrento and the beautiful Isle of Capri. It was a strange contrast between the coast we live on and the one we were visiting, which is home to crystal blue waters and a pleasant atmosphere. Regrettably we had to leave the coast and headed for our last stop Rome.
Rome was an adventure to say the least. There was so much to do in so little time. We visited the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Vatican, all iconic places we had seen pictures of and learnt about over the years.
Unfortunately all things must come to an end, and after 18 days, 4 planes, 3 trains, 11 boats, 12 buses, 13 destinations, 1 capital city and one million incredible moments later, we were home.
Leaving Italy wasn’t easy, her beauty continually overwhelmed us and being surrounded by such culture was addictive. This trip was everything we dreamed it would be and more as it allowed us to bond as a group and give us a greater appreciation of the history, culture and language we have been studying. We learnt such invaluable life lessons, met some incredible people and made memories that we will cherish for life. Until we meet again Italy!
Emily Sage & Louisa Kourinos - Year 10

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