The teams got to Italy on Sunday, May 7th. In the evening some of the Italian teachers joined the teams for dinner at a local pizzeria.
On the following day, May 8th, the scheduled activities started at 10,30 with a general presentation of the school staff and the welcome speech of the Headmaster. After that, the students were shown a short video featuring the pictures taken during the previous journeys in Portugal, Bulgaria and Turkey. Lunch was served at Cascina Grande, an outstanding example of our local rural architecture.
In the afternoon everybody enjoyed the beauty of the city with a visit to Milan Cathedral, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Theatre La Scala, Brera Museum, Sforzesco Castle, Parco Sempione. Later in the evening, students and teachers shared a great view of the Navigli while sipping on an Italian aperitivo.
On 9th May, at Cascina Grande activities started at 9,30 with students engaging in a digital storytelling activity in the library. After lunch, our psychologist Dr. Gamba took a very interesting lecture at school about teenagers and the issues connected to relationships with their peers.
Cascina Grande di Chiaravalle appears to be, in the Libro de li Prati del Monasterio di Chiaravalle, a grange of Chiaravalle Abbey since 1570.
The Cascina appears in the maps of the Catasto Teresiano along the road from Nosedo to Chiaravalle and consists of a courtyard open on three sides. Between 1722 and 1865 it was enlarged and assumed the plan of a farmstead with a courtyard closed on four sides. In the Cessato Catasto maps from the early twentieth century, Cascina Grande appears to have been further enlarged with the enlargement of the central courtyard, which occurred with the construction of new buildings on the northwest side in place of the existing ones.
At present, the Cascina retains its early twentieth-century conformation, despite some modifications of the existing buildings, which, however, respect the traditional architecture of the rural core.