From the dates April 9th to April 16th I was in the wondrous, beautiful, and historically rich country of Italy. This trip was put on by my school for educational purposes. Around fifty students and some parents went on this trip, with teacher chaperones. This trip was extremely well organized and set up to allow for many tours of various cities and also to allow the students to do some individual exploring.
After arriving in Rome we traveled to the historic city of Assissi to visit the ancient city that is the home of St. Francis. This city was memorable in the fact that it gave the group a taste of a small town that has been unchanged through the ages of inventions and technology. After Assissi we traveled to Pisa to view the Leaning Tower. The time spent here was that of pure fun and enjoyment where the various teens in the group were able to relax and walk the area permitted and bond with new friends.
After our time in Pisa we ventured to Florence. In Florence we were able to see some of the greatest art works in the world such as the statue David. We were also able to view the graves and former houses of famous peoples such as Galileo and Michaelangelo. The group was given special presentations of leatherwork and also of gold work which is what Florence is reknowned for. After two days of touring Florence we moved on to our final destination of the trip.
The city, Bella Roma. In Rome we visited some of the most celebrated monuments and ruins such as the colosseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican. These cites and more took three days to visit. In Rome I was able to see how people actually lived since we were able to have more free time. Italians are a busy people always getting to places and always walking since the streets are so crowded.
During this trip I was able to make new friends from my school that I never would have met or talked to even otherwise. This experience also opened my eyes to new insights that I have never had. I have learned to take items for their full beauty and not for granted, I can now look at something and understand the hardwork that brought it’s being into origin.
I was also able to become more than part Italian. I became to love the language and the constant confusion of never knowing what was being said around me. I loved only being able to say around twenty short phrases that were a basis for getting around. I also loved gelatto. I became addicted to gelatto, but at least I wasn’t the only one from my group. Gelatto is a sweeter and tastier version of Ice Cream.
Once we returned home I knew how much I would miss Italy, there was more confusion and more uptightness here in the States. I had come to know and love the relaxed state of mind and awe of Italy. I know that I will one day return to Italy be it study abroad or just as a vacation. This trip was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I will cherish it for as long as I live.
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