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Trinity seniors travel to Italy

Posted: May 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The Trinity Classical Academy senior class takes a break from hiking in the hills of Tuscany above the 8th century seaside village of Vernazza, in Cinque Terre. The students recently travelled to Europe as part of their education in classical art, literature and culture.

The Trinity Classical Academy senior class recently traveled to Italy for the first-ever Trinity Senior Trip that was led by Trinity Humanities Chairman Grant Horner.

Since joining the Trinity faculty, Horner has championed a senior trip as a way to crown the private Christian school’s classical studies.

Florence, Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance, was chosen as this year’s destination.

“A classical education gives depth and context to our understanding of the world in general, and it is of specific benefit in a magnificent city like Florence, much like reading the Bible gives context to a trip to Israel,” Horner said.

The students were treated to a week walking the streets once traveled by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Galileo, Machiavelli and Dante.

Students said they felt like they were wandering through a vast outdoor museum, where everywhere one looked, there was rich history and exquisite architecture, art and beauty.

“What an incredible trip,” Trinity senior Kaeli Massetto said. “Visiting Florence was like seeing our classical education come alive right before our eyes. Being able to translate all the Latin inscriptions that we saw was also very special.”

Following their time in Florence, the group spent a few days enjoying the beauty of the 8th century seaside village of Vernazza in Cinque Terre. With no roads or cars available, students hiked along the 1,500-year-old terraced vineyards that drop into the Mediterranean Sea.

This international Senior Trip will become an annual event at Trinity, which will be a highlight of the school’s classical education approach. 


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