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Glass Souvenirs – On Tour Backpack France, Switzerland, & Italy

Bonjourno from Italy!

We have arrived in the final country that we will be visiting on our incredible backpacking trip and there couldn’t have been a better place to start than the beautiful La Spezzia. We were also very excited to be able to welcome our new trip members into our trip family as they joined us there. We were all able to enjoy a fantastic day of hiking and relaxing at the beach in Cinque Terre.

We visited Corniglia before hiking the magnificent trail that goes from Vernazza to Monterosso. These three villages, which make up part of Cinque Terre all felt so dainty and adorable! Along the hike were many views of the gorgeous Mediterranean Sea, which Avery was excited to catch a glimpse of for the first time ever. Rachel took some awesome photos and Kayla described the scenery as “walking through a postcard”.

At the end of the hike, we got to enjoy a dip in the ocean. Maria and Julia M. were the first ones in. Marta, Hayley and Jason were not far behind!
We then enjoyed our first taste of real Italian food which definitely lives up to it’s reputation! Sophie brought us to her favorite seafood restaurant in Monterosso that was located on a cliff overlooking the sea. Our new favorite gelato place, Gusto, became our nightly hang out! Where Cori discovered dark chocolate flavored sorbet that quickly became a new trip hit!

Hayley, Ariel and Matt were really into the photo scavenger hunt we did before our final dinner in La Spezzia. Everyone came back with crazy photos including pizza selfies, photos of local chihuahuas and human pyramids!

As sad as we were to leave Cinque Terre, we were equally excited to get to Venice! On our first night there, we cheered on Germany as we watched them win the World Cup from Venice’s largest American pub! Johnny and Matteo have loved being able to keep up with the soccer matches in different
European cities.

We learnt a lot about the history of the Venetian Jews on our guided synagogue tour, which Sophie really enjoyed. We were then all amazed by a glass blowing demonstration that we watched and many of us even got some authentic Murano glass souvenirs! Misha, Matteo and Julia M. discovered secret passageways as they explored Doge’s palace. Taylor and Julia W. had an exceptional time on the gondola ride we took, on which we got a true feel of Venice from its many canals!

As we pack our bags, sad to say farewell to this beautiful city, we eagerly await all that Florence has in store for us!

Ciao for now,

The Westcoast Blogger

Do you want to join this amazing adventure? Get ready for our one-of-a-kind Italy, France and Switzerland tour with a small group of high school students.