STUDENTS from Italy experienced Australian history first-hand when they toured the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum during a visit to Australia.

The 16-year-old high school students spent three days in Hervey Bay as part of a 10-day exchange program.

Having hosted Australian students in their home town of Siena, Tuscany, it was their turn to experience life in a different culture.

Liceo Scientifico Statale School students Flavio, Elia, Matilde, Sofia and Pietro from Siena, Tuscany, visiting the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum.
Liceo Scientifico Statale School students Flavio, Elia, Matilde, Sofia and Pietro from Siena, Tuscany, visiting the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum. Jodie Callcott

Liceo Scientifico Statale school student Sofia, 16, said she loved the Australian accent and the food.

"I really like Vegemite. Avocado and Vegemite," she said.

"The first day I was here, I was patting a kangaroo and later that night I was eating kangaroo."

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Fellow student Flavio, 16, said he wasn't as keen on vegemite, but loved the weather.

"I like the weather and the nature because it is different to Italy," he said.

"And the people are very friendly."

The group of 34 students and three teachers ended their Australian visit in Sydney, before heading home to Italy.



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