High School - Italy, High School Abroad

Crossing Off Another Item On My Bucket List

by Courtney Bettin, CCI Greenheart Travel High School Exchange Student in Italy

I’ve been studying in Italy for a few weeks now, and yesterday, because everyone else was studying, Avery and I woke up early and took the train to Pompeii. Unfortunately my camera wasn’t working so I didn’t get any pictures. But we will be going back in the spring, so if I can get my camera working, I can take pictures then. As we walked into Pompeii there was a sense of awe from all of the patrons. Pompeii is even more beautiful than I ever imagined it would be.

The shops still have marble countertops smoothed down flat, the houses have intricate patterns in one by one tiles, and you can see the wagon ruts in the stone roads. It’s like being transported back in time. We trailed a couple of the tours that were in English but eventually we went off on our own exploring the temples and even getting all the way to their coliseum and theaters. Mr. Guarnaccia told us that Pink Floyd played in the theatre there one time. What I would give to see a show there! It’s beautiful. After leaving Pompeii we decided to take a bus up to Mount Vesuvius. The bus is terrifying because it comes so close to the edge of the mountain; I didn’t think it was going to make it up those steep hills.

Read more about Courtney’s amazing day on her blog…


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CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


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