Beverly and Bob Card of Merigold journeyed to Italy along with friends, family and students to expand upon their horizons for eight days.
"Twenty-one people went with us this year and I believe they all learned a lot about other foods, customs, cultures, etc., but also had fun while learning. That is always our goal; learning through having fun," said Beverly.
She said the purpose of their visit to Italy was to expand their horizons, both educationally and culturally.
"My husband and I have been taking groups to England and/or Europe during Spring Break for 21 years, and this year we chose Italy for eight days, where we visited Rome, Florence, Sorrento, the Isle of Capri, the Amalfi Coast and the ruins of Pompeii. My husband and I always enjoy Italy and we knew there were people in our area who would enjoy the adventure," added Beverly.
"While in Florence we had a walking tour of the town, where our tour guide pointed out places we could visit in our free time. With our group we toured Sante Croce, the Academia, Ponte Vecchio, among other sights, while leaving ample time for shopping in the leather markets. We also went to the Piazzale Michelangelo, where we saw the famous views of Florence," continued Beverly.
Beverly said while in Rome, they had a Vatican City tour and walked through St. Peter's Basilica.
They also toured the Sistine Chapel, San Pietro in Vincoli, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
"Everyone browsed the artists' stalls, enjoyed the street entertainers and ate supper. We definitely enjoyed touring the ruins of the Roman Colosseum, shopping and eating gelato," said Beverly.
She said the Amalfi Coast is an incredibly beautiful place and they were blessed to have spent a few days in the area.
"Sorrento is a small town with many shops famous for scarves, carved wood, gelato, of course, and Limoncello. From Sorrento we took a ferry to the Isle of Capri for a day trip and enjoyed beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. The ruins of Pompeii are a testament to the genius of the engineering of the Italians centuries ago, before Mt. Vesuvius unleashed the molten ash and destroyed the town," said Beverly.
"Bob and I hope to go back to Italy in a few years, but next year we are planning to travel to England and Wales for Spring break," she added.
Beverly said their yearly trips are usually planned by Educational Advantage Tours of Brooksville, Fla.
According to EA Educational Tours, the company specializes in educational tours and diverse groups to Europe, Asia, Central and South America, and the United States. Every educational tour operated by EA Tours is designed exclusively for you and entirely custom priced.
"The tour company has taken care of the details of our trips since 1994, and we are so very pleased with the attention they show. We would recommend this company to anyone who wants to travel overseas," she continued.
Bob said it was gratifying to see people, students especially, enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective.
"Many of my students have told me over the years that the trips were the highpoints of their school years and several have said that they changed career objectives because of them," Bob added.