Italy Discovery 2B – Update #1

Hello from Venice!

We have had a fantastic two days in Italy thus far! We arrived from JFK on Wednesday morning and met our tour guide, Anze (we call him Andy), and the teens who arrived on earlier flights. We exchanged money and boarded our bus for the first time. Yes- all 39 teens’ luggage did fit under our bus! We went straight to the massive Duomo and Milan castle where we had our first lunch. Many of us had pizza, naturally, and explored some of the well known fashion stores like Gucci and Louis Vitton. Milan is one of the fashion capitals of the world and it didn’t disappoint!

After lunch and gelato, we headed to the castle to learn about the Milan’s historical significance. We checked into the hotel a few hours later, unpacked, had pasta and lasagna at the hotel for dinner, and played a few ice breakers to get to know each other a bit better.

After a much needed night of sleep, we traveled to Verona where we saw Juliette’s balcony from Shakespeare’s infamous Romeo and Juliet. After a short stop for lunch, we took the quick train ride to Venice over the Venetian Lagoon that connects Venice to Italy’s mainland. It was quite a view stepping out of our train and seeing the city. We saw gondolas and canals as we checked into our hotels. We found an area right by one of the bridges to continue getting to know each other. As we were sitting, boats were passing us, honking and waving back at us. It was a perfect place to people watch and see the city. We then joined the Italy 2A bus for dinner where we had pizza surrounded by images of Disney characters and enjoyed each other’s company.

We are so excited for the next few days in Venice! We are going on a gondola ride in the morning and then heading to the beach for some sun and relaxation. We are also looking forward to welcoming Shabbat in this truly fairytale of a city.

Brad, Nina, and Hannah and the Italy 2B Bus

More updates soon!

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