In December 2019, 12 Italian and Art students from years 10 and 11, accompanied by Profs O’Donnell and Amato, embarked on a 15 day whirlwind tour of Italy. During this trip we spent time at an Italian high school in Verona, floated down the canals of Venice on a gondola, visited the amazing museums and art galleries of Florence, learnt about the Etruscan civilisation in Orvieto, spent time soaking up the ancient Roman history in Rome and Pompeii and passed a memorable morning in the Vatican museum, Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. We also managed to squeeze in visits to many beautiful little towns like Siena and San Gimignano, went to two cooking schools where we learnt how to make ravioli, pizza and gelato and also managed a “little bit” of shopping. The students were beautifully behaved and everywhere we went, from hotels, to museums, to restaurants, we were complimented on their lovely manners and behaviour. Here are some comments from the students:
I had the most incredible time in Italy! I loved every moment of it, visiting little towns in the countryside, walking through breathtaking galleries and eating gelato. I will be forever grateful for the amazing experience and the memories made :)
Going to Italy was an experience I will never forget, being able to climb the bell tower and the Duomo in Florence was honestly a once in a life time opportunity which I will always remember.
A wonderful opportunity to explore a country filled with history, art and amazement. It has allowed me to make new connections with both other students and teachers. It was one of the best trips I have ever been on and contained a bundle of fun as well as very interesting learning experiences.
One of the best experiences of my life so far. My favourite part was going to Venice. It was beautiful to see the city at sunset.
The Italy tour was the one of the greatest experiences of my life not only because of the beautiful places we went to but also because of the people we met at the school in Verona. They helped make us feel welcome at their school by being kind and genuine and made our experience even more memorable.