Forty-three A and B class Ralleio students travelled to Italy from the 24th to the 30th of March 2014. The students were accompanied by the following teachers: Mr G. Katopodis (Biology Teacher-Coordinator), Ms P. Kapelari, Ms A. Garyfalaki and Ms H. Kaneletopoulou (Greek Language teachers).
The group spent the first night on board the ship to Ancona and the second and third nights in Rome.
In Rome the students visited the Colosseum as well as Palatino and Capitolino, the hills of the ancient city. They were then guided to modern Rome and its monuments: Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navone, Piazza del Popolo and Fontana di Trevi. They also visited the Vatican and the Basilica of Saint Peter, both of which are on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List. The students were familiar with the monuments as Ralleio is a member of UNESCO Associated School Project Network.
On 27th March, the students visited the medieval town of Siena and the famous Piazza del Campo, where Palio, the custom of medieval jousting, takes place twice a year. In the afternoon of the same day they walked around the high towers of the village of San Gimignano, the medieval Manhattan.
The next two days and nights were spent near Florence. The students were guided in the centre of the city and visited the monuments of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List, as well as the bridges of the river Arno and their markets and bazaars. In the afternoon, the students visited Pisa.