Trip to Italy
“Buon Giorno” (Hello). March Break was an incredible adventure for the high school students who were excited to travel to Europe and experience first-hand the history, sights, food, Italian culture and fashion! During our 9 day whirlwind excursion we enjoyed the expert services of our private Italian tour guide, Sandro. Our adventure began in Milan where we boarded our bus and travelled to the beautiful walled city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
As we travelled through the breathtaking countryside, our guide kept us constantly informed and pointed out the different vegetation and architecture. Our next stop was Venice where we spent 2 amazing days exploring the canals and bridges. While some of us might have enjoyed steering the gondola, we thoroughly enjoyed the gentle ride through the narrow canals. It was fascinating to look up at the people strolling along the canal pathways, wondering what would be around the next channel! At Saint Mark’s Square, with the pigeons and all the different shops, the students especially enjoyed the exceptional fashion.
A trip to Venice must include an excursion to Murano Island where we had an opportunity to watch the world famous hand-blown glass manipulated and perfected into wonderful pieces of art. What a memento to bring home!
We continued on our journey and enjoyed a sunny afternoon in Pisa; of course we imagined ourselves holding up the leaning tower. Our next stop was Florence where medieval and renaissance architecture abounds. The highlights, including the Cathedral and The Palazzo Vecchio (Town Hall), the winding cobblestone streets complete with entertaining buskers and mimes, will not soon be forgotten. With so much to do and see, by the end of the day we were exhausted and happy to say “buona notte” goodnight!
A wonderful day in the hillside town of Assisi preceded 3 days in Rome where we visited the Vatican and were overwhelmed with the fabulous paintings and sculptures, the Forum, the archaeological site of Ostia Antica and, of course, the Roman Coliseum where we could imagine the gladiatorial battles!
We had the most memorable time on our March Break. Grazie (thank you) for the daily educational excursions, the free time spent visiting museums and exploring the city centres, sampling the famous pizza and gelato, and the shopping! We arrived home exhausted but already looking forward to the next opportunity to travel abroad. Ciao! Thank you for sharing your beautiful country with us.
High School students enjoy a variety of trips and have activity day outings throughout the year.