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Events Pizzoferrato

Events Pizzoferrato

The Children from Talgarth went on an exchange trip to Pizzoferrato in October 2017

My highlights of Pizzoferrato Twinning Trip – by Ciaran Dierikx Aged 11

My favourite part was going up to the top of the mountain next to Pizzoferrato it was really stunning at the top. I liked that part the most of our trip because I’m really into history and at the top of the mountain there was a lot of history about how the Germans shot all the poor people who were trying to free Pizzoferrato from the occupation. But during the fight then they shot and killed most of them but some tried to escape by jumping off the cliff, but they did not make it sadly.

As well as the history of the place, I really enjoyed seeing all the kind children in the primary, kindergarten and secondary schools. We did lots of activities together like make mask and make skeletons out of cotton buds also with the secondary school we made apple faces which were inspired by the ancient Papa New Guinea religion which they used fill the heads with sand then their heads shrink. The highest temperature was 18 degrees. I have made lots of new friends in Pizzoferrato and I hope they come to visit me in Wales. I liked lots of the food, like the pasta, pizza and waffles, but not the fish with heads on them! But it was good to try new things. I also found a football at the beach in Pescara which my friend Lucy helped me get. It is now in Wales so when I play with it I will think of my holiday in Italy.

My Short Report on my Twinning Experience by Katy Dierix

Saturday: On Saturday, after the beautiful flight to Italy, we drove for a long time in the dark for at least two hours to Pizzoferrato, but every second of the journey was worth it, to see the view in the morning, because driving into Pizzoferrato, the view is amazing and so memorable.

Sunday: We all went to eat our Huge, but lovely breakfast, and agreed we would all walk into Pizzoferrato. We all walked down in small groups, and took in the pretty views as we walked into the quiet town. When we all got to the square, everyone was standing on the stairs taking photos and we met all the Italian Council members who showed up to welcome us. We took the photos with the Welsh and Italian flags. After that we went to eat great food at a restaurant with great views and the kids and I all played outside, admiring the views, while we waited for the many courses which we then consumed.We all took lots of sunset pictures on our phones!

Monday: We woke up and have breakfast, and got driven into Pizzoferrato and were brought outside the two schools. First, we went to the lower level of the school which was looking after all the primary school kids. They were very happy to meet us, and we made some Halloween décor for the celebration. It was lovely to see them trying, because they only usually celebrate the day of the dead and don’t usually celebrate Halloween. After we also saw all the children in the middle school. We did not however see the high school as they had a test. In the afternoon we had a tour to the old church on top of the Mountain at Pizzoferrato, it was really interesting. On the way up, our “Tour Guide” and good friend Andrea, was explaining the whole History of Pizzoferrato in the World War, of how the Germans took over Pizzoferrato because they thought it would be a vantage point because of the height and the gunshots in the church etc.

These were the main highlights for me. The rest of the week we visited a deer park, an ancient Roman settlement and we had a special trip to Pescara organised by the Mayor Palmerino! My friends and I got interviewed by the Italian TV channels and we were all in the papers with our parents and people from the Welsh Twinning Group. I was a bit nervous but it was really exciting too. We also got to see the sea and went to a fish restaurant where we had fish with eyes in them. I did try some but I prefer the pizza and pasta!

I could go on for hours about how I very much enjoyed the trip, and how I would go again if I had the chance, however, here are some of my main highlights:

· Climbing the mountain in the middle of Pizzoferrato which the town spirals up

· Meeting the middle school children

· Eating new food which I tried and enjoyed

· Enjoying the scenery

· And finally meeting the community

I really hope to go to Pizzoferrato again, and also hope that my new friends get to visit us here in Wales. Thanks for a great time everyone!

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