Inspiration for learning outside the classroom

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Food from around the world – Bay of Naples & Sorrento

The Bay of Naples & Sorrento is renowned for its exquisite cuisine. We highly recommend this area for a food technology trip as students can partake in visits to an Ice Cream, Coffee, Chocolate or Olive Oil factory as well as a Mozzarella Farm. You can also watch authentic pizza and pasta making demonstrations. On a trip to Sorrento and Positano last year I found this area is famous for... Lemons Beautiful, yellow, large lemons are grown throughout this region. Most famously used in Limoncello, of course, this isn’t too exciting for the students but that doesn’t mean teachers can’t bring a few bottles back to the UK. Also – the lemon ice drinks available on the back of carts and stall is a great way to refresh in the Italian heat. Tomatoes Sweet, tear drop tomatoes called the Piennolo del Vesuvio are grown at the base of Mt Vesivius, while the tomatoes grown on the isle of Capri, a short boat trip from Sorrento, are an heirloom shape with lots of ridges. Gelato The streets of Sorrento are streaming with Gelaterias offering every flavour you can think of. My favourite flavours are Nutella and Caramel.

Today on this day: the creator of Pinocchio was born

Today, in 1826, Carlo Lorenzini, better known by his literary name Carlo Collodi, was born. He was famous for writing The Adventures of Pinocchio. We all know Walt Disney’s animated version, but the original story was completed as a book in 1883 and is amongst the most translated and widely read books ever written. Collodi is a village in Tuscany and Carlo took this name making it internationally renowned for its associations with the book. The Pinocchio doll is amongst the most popular souvenirs bought in Italy and can be found all across the country. There is a giant statue of Pinocchio in the Parco di Pinocchio, Pescia.