Viva Italia: A Splendid Educational Tour



unviaggiomemorabile in Italia

The students of Indian High School recently took a six day tour to Italy, from 3rd to 8th December. With a total of 23 students from grades 11 and 12, accompanied by 2 teachers, the students visited the cities of Milan, Venice, Maranello, Pisa, Florence and Rome.

Educational tours are as much a part of Indian High School’s curriculum as much as the core studies areas. This is what they believe in and seek to provide a holistic and experiential education.

Such educational tours in IHS are a combination ofsightseeing and entertainment that are indeed educative and lead to a learning experience. As the student’s eventful journey started, the plane touched down in Rome for a blissful bus ride to Milan. On the first day they visited the world’s famous San Siro, football stadium, home of AssociazioneCalcio Milan and Football club of Internazionale Milano.

Moving on with their journey, the next stop was the ‘floating city’ of Venice where they hadthe pleasure ofexperiencing a gondola ride and viewing a glass blowing demonstration. Students and teacher, alike had the same experience. As Mrs.Sripriya, the teacher in charge mentioned, “The gondola ride in the midst of nature’s shower was a unique experience.”

The third and fourth day saw them visit the Ferrari factory in Maranello and the leaning tower of Pisa. Recalling the same, Mrs.Sripriya stated, “The scenic beauty on route to Pisa via 9 tunnels reminded me of the Almighty and his master brain pervading all creations.” Indeed it would have been quite a sight and a visual delight.

They then drove to Florence, famous for its monuments, churches and buildings where they were given a guided tour of the city. Roxanna Sequeira a 12th grader said. “During the course of the day, the students also had the opportunity to see an Italian parade. People wearing traditional clothes, swaying flags and playing instruments like accordions and harmonicas.” It would indeed have been a beautiful spectacle, stating the same Sequeira mentions, “The parades they conducted for the tourists in Italy were fascinating. The tour guides were very informative and provided many interesting facts about Italian heritage and culture.

The final stop on the trip was the capital city of Rome. The group visited historical attractions such as Vatican City, Vatican museum, St. Peters basilica, Collosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish steps. RoshanSageer an 11th grader said, “The artworks of Michelangelo and the architectural wonders were captivating indeed and I didn’t realize how the time flew by.”

Leaving behind memories and fun filled experiences, this was an educative, enthralling and exciting experience after all. Mentioning something similar Radhika Murali an 11th Grader said, “The historical Italian monuments and the breath-taking scenery made it a fun-filled educational tour. I am looking forward to another one.



-         Written by AnnalieGracias

 Picture by Megha Manoj