SYA Italy is currently on a 10 day trip to Sicily. Students will have the opportunity to explore the magnificent, historical blend of cultures reflected in the island's architecture, art, historical sites, food and people. The food will certainly temp students' taste buds as they will get to discover firsthand why Sicily served as the bread basket of the Holy Roman Empire.
While they've been enjoying this beautiful island they've also been participating in several school assignments. While in Catania Province they visited its capital, also called Catania. This is an ancient port city on Sicily's east coast that sits at the foot of Mt. Etna, an active volcano, where students were instructed to use their Italian language skills to bargain in the local market and buy the most items for 5 Euros.
The class then made their way to Vizzini, a town and municipality also in the province of Catania, where the students took the time to visit a migrant center and spoke in small groups with adolescent migrants to hear their humbling stories. Next stop was Agrigento, where a couple of students in the Ancient History class presented information to the assembled class about three temples from The Valley of the Temples. Agrigento is a hilltop city on Sicily's southwest shore. It's known for the ruins of the ancient city of Akragas and the Valley of the Temples, a vast archaeological site with well-preserved Greek temples.
We will be sure to keep you updated with more activities and assignments as their trip continues!