an Italian connection with the Venerable Bede was made during a cultural exchange visit to South Tyneside.
Bede’s World in Jarrow has been playing host to students from Mount Amiata in Tuscany.
Their home region housed the famous Codex Amiatinus, the world’s oldest surviving single-volume copy of the Bible in Latin, for more than 700 years.
The book was created at the monastic site of Wearmouth and Jarrow around the time of Bede.
Pearl Saddington, deputy director at the Church Bank museum, said: “We gave the Italian students a taste of the North East’s rich cultural history.
“The students attended classes alongside students at Hebburn Comprehensive School, making a Celtic cross, and visited famous Northumbrian sites and landmarks, many of which have a direct connection to their own cultural heritage.
“As well as exploring the links between Wearmouth-Jarrow and their own abbey, Abbadia San Salvatore, the group also visited Lindisfarne, the Roman wall, Durham Cathedral and the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in Durham.The Italian students were also guests of honour at a civic reception at South Shields Town Hall, hosted by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson.”
On their return to Italy, the students will share their experiences and knowledge with their families and friends.
The visit is the first stage in a European programme which will eventually see the region of South Tuscany become recognised as an official friend of South Tyneside.