Romantic but educational travelogue around Italy seen through the lens of a schoolgirl's camera.
Rome, Naples and Sorrento, Italy.
Exterior. Aerial view of a mountain range in the French Alps and blue sky taken from inside an aeroplane - the wing tip is in shot. Aerial shot of a mountain range without the wing in vision.
Interior. M/S of the silhouette of a little girl looking through a porthole inside the aeroplane.
Exterior. Low angle panning shot of the Coliseum in Rome and the road beside it. L/S of the inside of the Coliseum. The narrator explains "the reason for our visit is to share in a new short term history and geography lesson with a twelve year old schoolgirl". The little girl, Gay, is in the foreground taking a photograph of the Coliseum while nearby sits her chaperone, Mrs. Ashwood. M/S of Gay looking through the camera. Panning shot from Gay to reveal the subject of the photograph - the amphitheatre of the Coliseum. Various shots from the inside of the Coliseum.
L/S of the "romantically famous Trevi fountain of modern Rome". Tilt down to reveal Gay standing at the edge of the fountain dipping her hands into the water. M/S of Gay taking a photograph of the fountain. C/U of the horse statue on the fountain. The narrator explains the fountain is based on a sketch by Giovanni Bernini. M/S of Gay winding her camera and walking away. M/S of Gay talking to an elderly man dressed in a white sailor's cap and holding a wooden case. He puts down the case and places a coin into Gay's hand. C/U of the old man demonstrating how to throw the coin into the water to Gay - "according to legend a traveller departing from Rome who throws a coin in the fountain is bound to return".
M/S of Gay and the old man shaking hands. The old man departs through the crowds of people milling around beside the fountain. M/S of Gay watching the old man as he departs. She then reaches into a pocket in the front of her skirt and pulls out a coin. She closes her eyes and throws the coin over her shoulder and turns to watch it land in the water. C/U of Gay's coin in the water.
L/S of a square in Rome. In the background is a large cathedral and a fountain, in the foreground cars and horses and carts drive by.
M/S of Gay standing on the steps of an 'Air France' aeroplane. She is posing for a photograph which is being taken by one of the air hostesses. She runs down the steps to reclaim her camera. M/S of Gay and the air hostess as Gay hangs the camera around her neck. In the background airport buildings are visible. Gay holds the air hostess' hand and they chat amiably as they walk up the steps onto the aeroplane.
L/S of a impressive Roman arch - part of the ruined city of Pompeii. Tilt down to reveal Gay wandering under the arch, looking up in awe. Low angle L/S of three Roman columns. Various L/Ss of the ruined city of Pompeii bathed in summer sunshine with mount Vesuvius in the background. Low angle shot of Gay walking up a stone staircase. At the top of the stairs are the remains of several columns.
Panning shot of the picturesque bay at Sorrento - "with its luminous serenity, truly a setting of which dreams are made". M/S of a beach filled with small fishing boats. In the background is a beach side cafe. A fisherman is unwinding a coil of ropes. Gay approaches him and asks to take his picture. C/U of the fisherman dressed in a blue fisherman's cap which he adjusts as he poses for Gay's photograph. Low angle M/S of the sea and the cafe with two raffia fishing baskets in the foreground. The fisherman's legs walk past. The narrator comments that perhaps one day this kind of travelling history lesson will be taken for granted.