Italy is on everyone’s bucket list. No other country in the world contains as many historical sites and artifacts that provide a glimpse at the very roots of western civilization. Where else can you stand and see the place where the basis for modern government was forged? Where else can you see so many timeless and priceless pieces of ancient art and architecture in just a few days?
Natural history, as well as human history, is on full display in this massive peninsular nation with stunning views of the Dolomites and Alps in the north, idyllic Mediterranean countryside along the coast, and broad pastoral landscapes of rolling hills in between. Italians are an incredibly varied and diverse people, but the one constant is their openness and sense of hospitality towards travelers. And, of course, once you have tried true Italian food, there’s no going back to anything else!
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Fly from USA to Milan, Italy.
Upon arrival in the morning, we will board our bus to visit The Last Supper and the beautiful church that sits adjacent. Afterwards we will continue onward to Venice, arriving in time for our first Italian meal of the trip. After a long travel day, we will settle in to our hotel for some much needed rest.
We will begin the day with a walking tour of this unique city. We'll visit Piazza San Marco, have a ferry boat ride in Canal Grande, visit the Palazzo Ducale, and get a feel of the city.
This morning we head to Murano Island, a series of islands linked by bridges dedicated to the manufacture of Venice's world renowned art of "blowing glass," which we will see live. After a delicious lunch, we'll enjoy the views on our way to Florence!
After the beautiful train ride through the Tuscan alps we'll arrive in Florence and start our day with a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and many other piazze and monuments. Then we will head to the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most important art museums in Europe and the world. We'll also make time for the Galleria dell' Accademia, which hosts the original David.
This morning we will have breakfast at the hotel and continue our exploration of the capital of the Rinascimento (Renaissance). We will enter the monuments like Cupola del Brunelleschi, which is the tallest building in Florence and was designed by Giotto and Brunelleschi. We will then visit the famous market, eat some delicious street food, then head to La Basilica di Santa Croce, where people like Niccola Machiavelli, Galileo Galilei, and Michelangelo are buried. Not only will we see the tombs of these Italian greats, but also will view paintings by Giotto. Finally, we will head to see the copy of the David of Donatello, which is situated in front of one of the most beautiful public offices in the world, Palazzo Vecchio, which is actually the city hall of Florence.
We will spend the day in Siena. Our country director, originally from Denver, but a resident of Siena for more than 15 years will start us off with a lesson about Siena's historic Palio horse race. Then w'll tour the city and even get to see some behind the scenes areas where the city is working with students on a service project on a medieval wall. We'll end the day with a dinner at an organic farm located inside Siena's ancient walls.
This morning we'll take the train to Rome. Upon arrival we'll visit the autonomous exclave of the Vatican City, where we will explore the Sistine chapel and the Vatican Museum. We will walk by Hadrian's Tomb, eat some traditional pasta and go for an evening stroll in the Eternal City, in Rome's elegant Prati neighborhood.
Today, we will wake up early and enjoy a full day experience of Rome. We will start with a walking tour of the city before lunch. After lunch, we can either visit a museum or continue our walking tour and see more of the ancient ruins of the city. We will certainly see the Coliseum, The Roman Forum, Trajan's Forum, the Trevi Fountain, the steps of Piazza di Spagna, The Pantheon, il GesÃ_ and finish the day off with dinner as we enjoy a beautiful view of Rome.
We will spend the day in Pompeii today! We'll also see the remains of the Forum and the Teatro Grande. And maybe best of all, you'll eat pizza in the birthplace of pizza! We will head back to the capital after a busy but rewarding day and if we have time we'll visit the Coronaro Chapel.
Today we'll have a discussion about our program and reflect on everything we have seen and learned. We'll start our day by seeing Piazza del Popolo. We will then walk through Villa Borghese park, and up to the Catacombs of Priscilla where we'll explore Rome underground! Afterwards we can take one last stroll through Rome seeing Piazza Navona and the Campo de fiori before our last Italian dinner.
Today we will take a bus transfer to Fiumicino Airport, then say arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the USA! Addio!
Fine Arts Teacher, Pennsylvania
All-Inclusive Program Tuition
$3,290 + International Flight
Program Types in this Destination
Service AdventuresConservation ExpeditionsCultural Journeys
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Walking Tree Travel has developed tools that will help our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging activities are meant to spark discussion, frame the group’s experience, and prepare participants to travel ethically and effectively on our programs now and on their own into the future. Our activities also encourage students to take initiative as leaders in their local communities to make a difference at an immediate level, helping them to understand the impact they can have when they combine cultural understanding with personal and social responsibility.