Bella Italia - Fifty-six students from Ardscoil Phádraig are just back from a five day school tour to Rome and Sorrento in Italy. The excitement started at 2am on the first Monday morning of our Easter holidays when we all met in the school, loaded our cases onto the bus and off we went to Dublin airport for our flight to Rome.
By lunchtime we were seated in a lovely Italian Pizzeria for the first of many pizzas. After lunch we were met by our guide who explained the many features of the Vatican Museums and the unbelievable artwork in the Sistine chapel.
We then went to St Peter’s Square and saw the balcony from where the recently elected Pope Francis had been introduced to the world. After that we were glad to get back to the hotel as we were exhausted after the long day.
The following day we visited the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Trevi fountain. Everyone was really impressed with these magnificent landmarks especially the Trevi fountain. In the evening we had a 4-D experience in the Time Elevator, and some of the students are convinced that they felt something running up their legs!
After another early start we arrived in the buried city of Pompeii. The weather was lovely and we enjoyed wandering around the well preserved buried city and seeing the homes, businesses and temples of people who were buried there hundreds of years ago.
Later that evening there was great competition at the bowling alley. It was obvious that some people had been in training for this and Ms McDermott’s team took it very seriously.
The next day started with a ferry trip to the lovely island of Capri. We took the cable car up to the town of Capri. For some of the teachers this was not high enough and, led by Ms Doyle, they climbed to Villa Jovis. After lunch, Ms Murtagh and the girls were very happy when they were allowed to go shopping before getting the ferry back to Sorrento for more shopping. All were delighted when the teachers then announced that they were going to buy ice cream for their groups.
We felt we were hardly asleep when Mr Hanna and Ms Cooney were knocking on our doors calling us to get up as we had to leave the hotel at 5.30am to catch our early morning flight. Although we were sad to leave, we were also looking forward to seeing our families again. We would like to thank the teachers for giving up a week of their holidays to go with us and our parents for funding the trip! We wonder where we will go next year.