Transition Year Food and Cultural Trip to Italy

On Friday April 26th 34 TY students and 3 Home Economic teachers, Ms. Noreen O’Sullivan, Ms. Sharon O’Dowd and Mrs. Anne Byrne set off in the early hours of the morning for their much anticipated trip to Italy. Upon arriving in Rome, everyone embarked on a guided walking tour of some of the well-known sites e.g. The Trevi Fountain, The Spanish Steps, The Pantheon and the Colosseum. 

Afterwards, the group went by bus to Sorrento where they were based for three nights. A welcome four course meal awaited everyone.  The following day was action packed! The students visited a local coffee roasting business, having a guided tour and tasting experience. This family also had a lemon and orange grove with bee gardens adjoining, and everyone learned about and tasted the honey and marmalade products. Next it was onto a pastry demonstration class, where a local speciality called Baba was made. A packed lunch was then eaten on one of the local terraces overlooking the coast, where we were joined by two different wedding parties for their photo shoot! In the afternoon, the students visited an Olive Plantation where they learned about how they grow and harvest the olives and had the opportunity to taste the many different flavoured olive oils they produce.  This was followed by a visit to a Mozzarella cheese making farm where the making of this cheese was demonstrated and delicious samples available to taste with bread and tomatoes. Finally, in the evening everyone was bussed to the cookery school in the Sorrento mountains for a class on pasta making which was part of the dinner served. 

Day three started with a Panoramic guided bus tour of the beautiful Amalfi coast with its breath-taking views. In Amalfi town the students got the opportunity for an unscheduled 45 minute boat trip to view the town from the sea, which was stunning! This was followed by a visit to an ice cream and gelato business where the girls had a demonstration and tasting session which was thoroughly enjoyed by teachers and students alike! Then there was some shopping time in Sorrento town, after which the students returned to the cookery school for a Pizza making class, where they each made their own, and we all had dinner. Afterwards we were treated to an unexpected performance of Italian music and dance in full traditional costume.

On day four everyone reluctantly said goodbye to Sorrento, and headed North to the ancient ruins of Pompeii where a very informative guided tour awaited. Everyone was very struck by the events which occurred there so long ago. Afterwards, we said goodbye to our wonderful guide Roberto and headed to Rome for the return flight. A tired but happy group arrived back in Drogheda with some wonderful memories to savour for the rest of their lives.