We have been receiving several summer stories from our children, and we are thrilled to bring them to you. Here is Ayush Murthy, from Grade 3 of Ekya School BTM Layout, taking us through his Italian summer.
My Trip to Italy
On 21st April, we took a flight from Amsterdam to Rome and rented a car there. On the way to Pompeii, we kept singing and dancing to the song ‘Despacito’ in the car. In Pompeii, we stayed at a beautiful resort.
The next day we went to see the ruins of Pompeii. Pompeii was a city built by the Romans and was destroyed by the eruption of the volcano on Mount Vesuvius. They have excavated some parts of the city and restoration is still going on. I saw a big amphitheatre where they would play games. There was a gym from the Roman era which had a swimming pool and other activities. There were some street food restaurants called Thermopolium and I saw some bread smashed and fully covered in ash. I also saw some houses and temples.
We spent the next day visiting the beaches of the Amalfi coast. I brought back stones from the beaches as souvenirs. We also trekked up Mount Vesuvius for 7.5 kilometres to see the crater of the volcano. We saw fumes coming out from a hole in the mountain. I found a very interesting piece of volcanic rock.
We returned to Rome the next day. On the way, we saw a place called Tivoli. It has a very big villa which had 1000 fountains and very big gardens. Then we returned the car and came to our hotel by metro and checked-in.
The next day we took the tourist hop-on/hop-off bus and saw all the important places in Rome and reached a place called Villa Borghese. It is a very big house with a huge park. We rented a cycle called Electric Quad bike. It is a cycle with four wheels and 2 seats to drive, but only one seat’s steering wheel works. But both the pedals work and there is also a brake.
After a night’s rest, we went to the Colosseum. There, I had an audio-guide, which is like a phone with a normal and a favourite audio. And it can show you the map of the area and you can get to know where you are. You listen to it to understand. We also had a person to show us around the place. The Colosseum is where they would bring slaves and the slaves had to fight an animal or a gladiator. It had a big stage and could seat 70,000 people. From there we went to see the Roman Forum. There I learnt a lot of Roman history from my Dad.
On the final day of my trip, I went to see St. Peter’s Basilica. There, I climbed up 551 steps to the top of the dome. We went inside the Basilica and saw sculptures of popes, paintings and a pope in a coffin. Then we returned back to Amsterdam.
The best thing about my trip was that I ate a different pizza every day!
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