What could be better than a sunny day walking the streets of Rome eating gelato and pizza? How about saving the massive airfare and doing it all right here in Sydney – Leichhardt to be precise!

Year 9 Italian were treated to a walking tour of the cosmopolitan Norton Street where so much Italian history is evident – the first fully-imported coffee machine, the travel agency that has been serving the community for over 40 years and the Italian Forum which was given as a gift by the NSW government to the Italian community in recognition of the contribution they had made to the country since they first migrated to Australia in the late 1800’s.

The students were informed about the hardships experienced by the Italians, particularly during the post-World War II period. What we take for granted today: buying petrol, accessing the radio and deciding where you lived and worked were denied to the Italians during this period because of the uncertainty present at that time. History has the ability to allow us all to appreciate what we have now, and what many had to overcome in order to achieve it.

The thinking caps came off and the gloves came on – students created their own pizzas under the watchful eyes of Lily our own masterchef and owner of Sweet Lily’s at the Forum. Needless to say the pizza, pasta AND gelato left everyone with a real taste of Italy in their mouths. A great way to end our short day trip through Sydney’s own “little Italy.”

Marco Gianni

Teacher-in-charge LOTE.