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Days 1 & 2

Saturday 13th April

The group assembled excitedly at school on Saturday morning and said their goodbyes before setting off to Gatwick for a British Airways flight to Rome. Before long we were boarding the plane for a very smooth 2 hour flight to Italy. The group is comprised of teachers Mr Ward, Ms Ercan and Ms Aydemir,   Ana, Alexandra, Diana and Momodou from Year 6, and Julia, Simi, Isabella and Jean-Paul from Year 5.

We got off the plane and walked out into 20 degrees and bright sunshine. Italian teacher-leader Anna and her husband Fiorentina mercifully appeared to guide us to our hotel in Travastere in Rome’s city centre. Once installed in our hotel we were off to a local restaurant with the larger group of now familiar friends from Turkey, Poland, Germany and Italy.  Very tired but hungry, we sat down for our first meal of pasta followed by a Roman speciality, beef in breadcrumbs, then tiramisu. Bon apetito!

Within ten minutes the kids were up and dancing to the live music in the restaurant! The teachers remained steadfastly and happily in their seats!

We walked back in darkness to the hotel hardly able to believe that we had come from Holmleigh to Rome, all set for a week of sightseeing, travel and school visits. Tomorrow, we visit the beautiful and historical centre of Rome, before setting off by coach for our home for the rest of the week – the city of Potenza in Basilicata.

Sunday 14th April

After breakfast in the hotel we were met by our Guide, Amadeo, and we set off for a coach tour through some of the major sites, including the Vatican and St Peter’s Cathedral. No sign of the new pope Francis, but lots of people waiting to catch a glimpse and a wave later on perhaps! We got out at the Coliseum and learned some fascinating details about gladiators and other spectacular entertainments popular with the Romans. We then walked around this amazing city for three hours, on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning. The Venetian and Spanish piazzas, the Spanish steps, the Trevi Fountain (yes we all made a wish!), and the Parthenon, which remains perfectly preserved since it was built in the year 36 BC. Such a fantastic city full of incredible old and ancient buildings, statues, squares and cobbled streets full of cafes and restaurants. You need a week to see it properly!

We had lunch in a very posh restaurant – once again starters (primo) of pasta, main course (secondo) of meat and roast potatoes, then chocolate mousse for dessert!

Then it was back on the coach, this time for a four hour journey south and east into the mountains beyond Naples!We arrived in Potenza at 8.30 and in darkness, having climbed to 800 metres above sea level. We were met at the school by an excited crowd of host family parents and their children. Names were called, introductions made, and our 8 children set off for their first night with their Italian families. The kids have been brilliant so far and tomorrow we can report on their first experiences of Italian home life. They had a brilliant time and were really spoilt and looked after!

On Monday we see the school, meet the Mayor and tour Potenza. Check in tomorrow and read our news!