During Floral Park Memorial’s winter recess, 40 students traveled to
Italy under the supervision of faculty members Mr. John Christianson,
Ms. Gina D’Ammassa, Mr. Dimitrios Drivas, Ms. Dourayeb Ben Moussa, Ms.
Tracie Libonati and Mr. Oronzo Rutigliano.
The group started its
tour in the city of Venice where they experienced sights such as the
Grand Canal, the Doge’s Palace and much more. While there, they also
had the opportunity to see a glassblowing demonstration on the island of
Murano and experience the city at the busiest and most exciting time of
the year — during Carnival.
After their stay in Venice they
headed to Florence, on the way visiting The Pontifical Basilica of Saint
Anthony of Padua, which held beautiful paintings and the tongue of St.
Anthony. In this picturesque city, they also walked across the Ponte
Vecchio, took a walking tour around the city where they stopped into the
Accademia Gallery Museum and saw Michelangelo’s David. They also saw
Ghiberti’s famous Baptistery Doors and much more. The group did a bit of
shopping at a well-known gold and leather shop, two popular aspects of
the city! Here they learned how to identify real leather and were shown
samples of gold jewelry and leather jackets. During their stay in
Florence they also took a short trip to Pisa and saw the fam leaning
tower and the Cathedral of Pisa.
On the way to Rome they
stopped for lunch in the breathtaking town of Assisi where they saw the
Basilica of St Francis. One of the highlights of the trip was learning
how to make and eat gelato at one of the most famous factories in Italy!
The group concluded the trip in the Eternal City where they visited
some of the most prominent sights such as the Colosseum, the Sistine
Chapel, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and St Peter’s
Basilica in the Vatican.
On the last day in Italy, the
group conducted a food challenge where they sampled some of Rome’s most
popular ingredients and then explored the Roman catacombs. The students
will never forget the numerous gelatos they had in between and the
shopping sprees they went on near the Spanish Steps. They all had a
great time and enjoyed every minute living “la dolce vita.”