The Token of My Heart | My Family Travels

     Three years ago I traveled to Italy, home of the Rinascimento, otherwise known as the Renaissance. The main reason we traveled to Italy was to visit my great grandmother. We arrived in Avellino, which is on the outskirts of Naples. It is considered the countryside. Avellino has beautiful and interesting things to see. When we were sight seeing, we were told a story of the Church of St. Michael. St. Michaels was a church that was ruined by an earthquake and the only object that survived was the statue of St. Michael. The people who lived in Avellino wanted to preserve this precious statue. The countryside of Italy is beautiful, but my mom and I decided we wanted to tour and see more of this beautiful country.

          We toured all around different places in Campania. We took a boat to Capri; I have never seen water as clear as it is there. We went to the Amalfi coastline where we saw how music boxes and lemoncello were made. Traveling down the coast, we noticed how their homes were literally built on a mountainside; it was so amazing to see. Another beautiful place was Caserta Palace, a castle in Caserta. It was one of the most beautiful structures I have ever seen. The castle was gigantic, the backyard courts stretched for over a mile. You could walk, ride a bike, take a bus, or ride a buggy to the end of the courts. Beautiful fountains, flower gardens, and greenery, stretched for miles. We also visited a Cameo factory, where we were educated on how cameos were made. We discovered that cameos are hand carved from very precious shells, which are hand picked. Carvers spend hours on perfecting the faces of women on a cameo. We are now able to buy many different pieces of jewelry made out of cameos.
 
          The most adventurous tour we went on was Mount Vesuvius. My mom, my sister, and I climbed the mountain. To my surprise, my mom climbed the “sleeping giant,” in high heels. We reached the tip of the mountain and saw a huge hole and some smoke seeping out of the hole. Being at such a high altitude, it was colder, and windier. If you looked over the edge of the cliff, you could see the houses and water below, they looked like tiny ants. We headed down the mountain to Pompeii. This area of Italy is filled with ancient ruins from what used to be a civilized area. When Mount Vesuvius erupted, the whole city was destroyed; it was covered in molted lava and ash. The ruins were a perfect representation of how people lived their daily lives. It was extremely interesting, to walk through the ruins of Pompeii, many people don’t ever get that opportunity. At the end of our tour, we headed to Rome, our final destination. I couldn’t get over how beautiful Rome was. We saw the Trevi Fountain; many people were throwing coins into this famous fountain. And lastly, we visited beautiful cathedrals, with the most exquisite designs and architecture.
 
          Italy is my favorite place to visit. People in Italy really know how to enjoy life. The people are friendly, they love to eat great food, and they know how to have a good time. Visiting Italy meant a lot to me. My family comes from a wonderful country and I know my roots will always be remembered because of this trip. There will always be a little piece of me left in that country; especially because of that coin I threw into the Trevi Fountain. 
 

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