Gondolas, chocolate and marble: From Venice to Carrara

Editor’s note: This is the second story in a three-part series about The Elon School’s recent trip to Italy.

Commentary by Michaela Meredith
Times-News correspondent
teens20@thetimesnews.com

Picturesque Venice is shown in this photo, taken during The Elon School's recent trip to Italy. / Michaela Meredith, Times-News correspondent

   Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and leave our home in Florence for two days to visit Venice. We headed to the train station early in the morning, and after a two hour Eurail ride, we were all stepping onto a boat headed towards our hotel.

  We had the day to kill, and with so much time we were able to truly soak up Venetian history by visiting theDoge Palace, Piazza San Marco and the Basilica di San Marco-Campanile. However, as true art students, we all enjoyed the beautiful scenery inVenice and the many opportunities for photographs. Our group stayed out late that night, enjoying seafood and good company.

   The next morning, we spent our last day inVenicejust roaming the city. We shopped along the famous Rialto Bridge and in the markets, picking up glass jewelry and ornaments for our families back home. Our trip wouldn’t have been complete without a gondola ride through the city. While we lovedVenice, we all felt a little homesick for our villa in Florenceand were excited to return.

      We had just a few days inFlorence before we headed off on a day trip toBologna. The boys and girls split up — the boys headed to the Lamborghini Factory for a tour and lunch, and the girls, less apt to seeing cars, enjoyed a tour through the town and the university. Most memorable, our tour guide ended the trip with a stroll through the food markets. Streets were lined with fruit, meat, cheese shops and best of all, chocolate shops.

   Maintaining the fast pace, we took another day trip shortly thereafter, this time toCarrara, home to the marble commonly seen in the many art museums ofItaly. Mostly a bus tour, we were taken high up into and through the mountains. Looking out the bus window, we could see nothing but the town far, far below us. At one point, our buses stopped at an area fenced off in the mountain, which our tour guide explained to us was where it is thought Michelangelo mined his marble for The David.

    After leaving Carrara, we started heading back to Florence, making a scenic stop in Livorno to enjoy a beachside lunch on our last day trip in Italy.

 Michaela Meredith is a senior at The Elon School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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