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Benvenuto a Roma! — European Discovery

Here’s the latest from European Discovery:

Benvenuto a Roma!

Living out their Lizzie McGuire dream vacation, Erika, Samantha D, Sydney B and Perri threw coins into the Trevi fountain as their first Italian adventure. Blakely, Amanda, Sarah, Ilyssa and Samantha Sc. thought the fountain was breathtaking and did not miss their chance to make some wishes and take some photos.

The Sistine chapel was a sight that words cannot even describe. Aja, Michelle and Erin were awed by the beauty of Michelangelo’s masterpiece.

When it was time to enter St. Peters basilica, we were not prepared to see such an inspiring sight. Anna and Bianca marveled at the intricate designs on the floor, ceilings and  walls.

After watching “Troy” and “The Gladiator,” Jared, Jordan, Ethan, Jeffrey and Evan were ready to see the coliseum where it all went down.

On our way to Sorrento, we traveled to Pompeii to see the ruins. It was unbelievable to see how much was preserved from the original city. Carly and Hailey thought it was awesome to see, and our tour guide was very informative!

In Sorrento we were surrounded by many lemon trees and signature lemon dishes.  Avery loved the smell and even got some lemon products to take home.

Our next day adventure was to Capri. We were greeted by great weather as we took our boat tour of the grottos (caves). Oriella and Corey T relaxed on the boat, but were excited to jump in the water. Harrison, Zach, Daniel C, Corey H and Daniel M were natural swimmers and loved the grotto exploring activity.

We also wished Frankie and Daniel K a very happy birthday! We had cake in their honor at midnight, and that was just the beginning of a very special day. They enjoyed a great dinner and ended the night with karaoke and dancing. They even sang a duet!

Molly and Samantha Sh. rocked the microphone with their rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.” Sam D even sang a song to get the crowd going, with the birthday boy.

Next, it was time to explore Positano, with a black sand beach, a dozen beachside restaurants and a town built on a mountain, the city was anything but boring. Sabrina sat on the beach enjoying the view, while Alexa, Emily and Sydney D collected beautiful colorful stones along the shore to take home as a souvenir.

Firenze or better known to us as Florence, was an exhilarating city to visit that had culture, great food, famous gelato from Vivolis and the giant Duomo that can be seen from anywhere in the city. Melissa and Raimy were up early to take an adventure to the synagogue. It was historic, beautifully adorned and still in use today. Climbing the duomo was a challenge, with more then 400 steps to the top. Jonah, Andrew and Adam made it to the top successfully and the view made the hard work worth it!

At the end of our Florence touring, we broke Color War for the first time in Europe. Everyone applauded and happily got into teams, either Italy or France. Rebecca and Derek were so excited and put on their game faces for our tour directors version of the amazing race. Four teams raced to complete tasks around the square. Italy A got first place, with the two French teams to finish second and third. Stay tuned to see how the battle progresses!

Chow for now.

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