Students in Gwynedd took an "unforgettable" trip to Italy and learnt their skills will get them work "anywhere in the world".

The group of 12 students from Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor recently returned from a two-week trip to the Tuscany region as part of a European Erasmus student exchange programme.

Among the group were students enrolled on catering and business courses who worked in five-star hotels as part of the trip.

Sports students meanwhile experienced and observed management and coaching methods in a professional environment at the semi-professional Montecatini who play in the Serie C football league.

Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor programme area manager Eifion Owen said:

After going through a formal application and interview process, these 12 students fully deserved their places on the trip with everyone having unique opportunities in their work placements.

Travelling in Italy was a new experience for everyone.

As they were out for two weeks, most of the students saw it very challenging to be away from home and three of them were getting a passport for the first time.

One student, Damien Czerniak, of Penrhos, worked under the head chef at Hotel Montecatini Palace in the town of Montecatini Terme, Tuscany.

Other students, Ffion Jones, Amy Griffiths and Pippa Rowlands, were involved with a small team of staff serving the Ex-President of Ukraine, who was staying at the hotel Grand and La Pace Montecatini.

Kelsey Lloyd from Barmouth gained great experience as part of the concierge staff.

In order to boost the value of the trip, the Erasmus exchange fund invited students to incorporate some cultural elements into their itinerary.

The students took the chance to walk to the top of the leaning tower of Pisa - with one or two overcoming their fear of heights to do so.

The group also reached another architectural summit - they went to the top of the Duomo Florence Cathedral, as well as taking in a visit to the Uffizi gallery, also in Florence, which is home to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci.

Mr Owen added:

During a memorable fortnight, the students had unforgettable experiences and realised that the skills they've learnt will enable them to get jobs anywhere in the world.