Italy 22 March: Lecco - Chiavenna

Up into Valchiavenna

Our first school was the Primary Tarelli.

The kids joined us in some dancing...

The artwork says: "The circle of peace". A thank you to all the teachers that contributed to the event.

...we started in Bulgaria...

Next school was the school Maria Ausiliatrice

The welcome was quite astonishing, we kept giving "high five" for at least two hundred meters!

The whole school participated in the event.

Reading from the smaller...

...and a dance from the bigger ones!

I am feeling peace...

We lighted a candle with the Peace Run torch as a symbol of a peace that spreads.

Then they gave us all some very cute presents! A handmade necklace and a hat...

...and we also signed their t-shirt.

And finally the torch passing!

On our way to Chiavenna the scenery was at its best....

...the beautiful Como lake, and Bellagio, in the background.

We finally could take a picture of our photographer, which usually is on the other side of the camera, untiringly working to document our day!

The last day of run for Luiza...

Some say he can average 15 km on a liter of soft drinks...

Approaching our final destination for the day, Chiavenna.

Runners from the Gruppo Podistico Valchiavenna escorted us into the beautiful old town of Chiavenna.

Kids of the local schools joined us on the way...

...and we finally reached to main square!

There the mayor Luca Della Bitta, together with a big crowd, welcomed us.

We entertained the kids and shared with them some thoughts on peace.

The mayor officially welcomed the Peace Run torch and spoke of how important it is to work together and put effort into achieving peace.

Thank you Chiavenna! This was the Grand Finale of the italian Peace Run tour!

...and finally ice cream!

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One for all...and all for one (ice cream) !

The Acquafraggia waterfalls.

The serbian delegation untiringly powering on. They are definitely our core runners!