Ms. Rebecca Reed and Fr. Matt Foley led a group of 7 Curley students and 12 adults on a ten-day tour of Italy.
They began their trip in Venice where they saw a glassblowing demonstration and took a ride in the famous gondolas throughout the canals. The group then traveled to Florence by train to see famous artwork of the roaring Renaissance such as Michelangelo’s “David.” The next stop was the medieval town of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. This marks the most spiritual point of the trip where Friar Matt celebrated Mass with the Curley group at the tomb of St. Francis. After roaming the quiet streets of Assisi the group ventured on to Rome for two days in the Eternal City. They toured the Vatican and saw the Sistine Chapel. The group celebrated Mass with Friar Matt in St. Peter’s Basilica and they did a walking tour of Rome to visit the Roman ruins such as the Pantheon, the Roman Forum and the Coliseum. Traveling south, the group embraced the beautiful Amalfi Coast by visiting Sorrento, Pompeii and the island of Capri. In Pompeii the group toured the ruins of the town which was destroyed and covered with ash by the famous volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Lastly, a ferry took the group to the stunning island of Capri where the students swam in the Mediterranean Sea. The group was blessed with amazing tour guides, good weather, delicious food and all returned safely. In the words of one of the students on the trip, Wesley Meadowcroft, “The trip was the best experience of my life and I am eternally grateful for the experience.”