Welcome to Summer 2023!

Welcome to Summer 2023!


Most of our students and teachers arrived at the airport in Rome last Sunday. They were greeted by other staff members then rode our bus to Lanciano. Other families made the journey to Lanciano on their own - some traveled quite a distance!

Our orientation started that evening with a welcome dinner prepared by Chef Speranza. We then went on a short walk followed by a tour of the school.

For most, it was a long day of travel, so it was straight to bed after a safety meeting in residence and a bit of unpacking.

On Monday morning, we had a longer tour of Lanciano where students learned about some of the rich history and culture of the town. In the afternoon, teachers introduced their courses and got to learn more about our students.

After school, we visited our friends Johnny and Nico at their agriturismo. Agriturismi are working farms that operate as B&Bs and restaurants. Nico gave us a tour of the farm, highlighting some of their organic practices, and spoke about how the family home had been occupied by the Germans during WWII. We then had a tasting of the food grown and produced on the land. 

Classes continued over the next few days, with a visit to San Vito beach day Tuesday afternoon and pizza night on Wednesday. Fresh pizzas were prepared by Chef Speranza and Lula using our own wood fired oven. 

Overall, it was a great first few days leading up to our three-day trip to Florence, which you’ll learn about in my next blog.