Since the impossibility, due to the current emergency situation, to live and experience Milan together with the beauty of Italy, we thought that it would have been nice to let our exchange students discover the mysteries, curiosities and amusement of our country in an alternative way.
Another aim of this activity is to increase the interaction between the participants. The majority of our exchange students are stuck in their apartments without the possibility to make friendship and talk with someone, in fact during the tour or at the end of it, we remain there to drink something together, discuss about what we just saw, what they would like to discover next time, or to just simply chat.
Through the use of Google Earth, it is possible to create a sort of virtual tour deciding the path you want to follow and "walk" in the street of the city we are visiting.Moreover it is also possible to insert some pictures or videos during the tour, to better understand and show what we are talking about. Of course it is not like actually visiting a place, but for sure it enlights the curiosity of the students that since they arrived in Italy were not able to travel and see the country.
After a more naturalistic point of view of the tour, we were back to visit the cities. We went through the principal spots in the cities, but also we talked about some hidden places or we gave the participants some tips about food, places to visit or where to hang out. Once again, the students were thankful because also Bologna is not one of the most touristy cities in Italy, but it is really interesting.
All the participants have always been very interested and curious about the places we showed. They really enjoy the activity and they actively participate in the conversations. They think it is really nice of us to give them some tips about our country, and most of all, that it is a good way to chill and talk with someone during these hard months.