On the 26th of April, 25 pupils and 3 teachers left, for what would turn out to be a great trip to Italy. Before we set off on our travels, we visited somewhere closer to home. We spent the morning at Renishaw, an engineering company, specialising in many aspects of engineering such as measurement probes and 3D printing machines. We had a tour of the facility, followed by some light refreshments, before taking part in a challenging coding activity. It got everyone thinking about apprenticeships and the opportunities available to us and how exciting engineering could be as a career.
We then headed for the airport and after some confusion regarding liquid allowance, we finally took off.
After several hours, we reached the hotel. Everyone was really tired and quickly fell asleep. In the morning we had a lovely breakfast to get us ready for the day ahead. First we went on a tour of the Ducati factory, followed by the museum and shop. Everyone found it really interesting to find out how they make the motorbikes and that all of the bikes were already sold.
Next we went on a walking tour of Florence, guided by our fantastic tour guide, Mario. We learnt so many new things about the city and the culture that we didn’t know before. It is an amazing city with so many beautiful buildings and statues to see and amazing ice cream!
That evening we went for food at a restaurant in the city. Although the food and service wasn’t the best, we all had a good time and enjoyed the rest of the evening in Florence.
On Thursday we started with a tour of the Pagani factory. We were amazed by the detail put into the handmade cars, and the time spent ensuring all of the carbon fibre patterns matched up. The basic model costs over £1,000,000 and any extras are very expensive!
After lunch we went on a bus tour of the huge Ferrari factory complex and visited the museum. The museum was amazing and we could have spent all day there as there was so much to see. They even had the worlds most expensive car on show which is A 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO racer that has been sold for $52,000,000!
A few people even went on the simulator! We spent a lot of money in the shop before leaving to go for food at the hard rock café. The food was delicious with some excellent background music, we had a great evening and bought some great merchandise to take home from our travels.
All too soon it was time for us to leave, there was some sickness on the plane but overall it was a smooth flight. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and would definitely go again, we learned so much about manufacturing and design and saw some amazing things. Everybody on the trip was really friendly and got on really well, but we were all glad to get home and sleep in our own beds.
By Natalie Johns, Emma Long and Abbie Tsim.
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