St Patrick's College Strathfield

Benvenuti in Italia!


During the holiday break, thirty-five students from Years 10, 11 and 12, accompanied by four teachers, embarked on a tour through Italy for three weeks of fun and learning. On arrival in Rome, the boys were collected by their host families where they stayed for ten days. During this time, they went to school with their host sibling and participated in classes. Navigating a new school system was daunting but also extremely enjoyable and enlightening – especially the part about not wearing a school uniform!

The boys socialised after school in the local neighbourhood with both their Italian and Australian classmates. They attended gatherings in their honour and enjoyed excursions into the heart of Rome with their host families. From Rome, the group participated on a whirlwind tour of the most iconic cities in Italy: Sorrento, Pompeii, Florence, Milan and Venice. There was a slight detour to Maranello, the home of Ferrari, in which the boys reveled.

The students were mesmerised by the Vatican Museums, the extraordinary art in the Sistine Chapel, the statue of David and Da Vinci’s Last Supper while the ruins of Pompeii left all speechless.