Italy 15 Day Cultural Journey

Italy 15 Day Cultural Journey

Program Highlights

Italy 15 Day Cultural Journey

Dates: TBD   |   Tuition: $5,399 Average tuition with airfare Learn More

On this program...

  • Explore Milan, Venice, Siena, Florence, Rome, Naples, Pompei and Capri
  • Hike Mt. Vesuvius
  • Take boats through the famed Blue Grotto's of Capri

Group Organizer/s: 

Your contact info here.

WTT Contact: 

Brandon Perlow, brandon@walkingtree.org, 847-431-9556

Deadlines: TBD

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SAMPLE PROGRAM PAGE: This is an example of what your private program webpage and itinerary might look like, as you decide to organize a program with us. Please begin by reviewing the suggested itinerary listed under the Pre-Enrollment tab, and then feel free to read through other sections to get a sense of the in-depth information and support we provide for all programs.

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Sample Itinerary

DayLocationActivityLodging
1USA - Milan, ItalyFly from USA to Milan, Italy.In Flight
2MilanWe will arrive in Milan, drop off our luggage, and enjoy a light guided tour of the city, with a peaceful walk through the center of Milan. We will see the Castello Sforzesco before we finish with a visit to the roof top of the Duomo with time to savor some amazing street food. We will then head home for a pizza dinner and an early night, so we can be ready for the early fast train to Venice in the morning.Hotel in Milan
3VeniceWe'll start the day with a guided tour of Venice where we'll see some the city's highlights and learn a few of its secrets. We'll head to the Doge's Palace for the "Secret Itineraries" tour - 90 minutes of insider information about the Venetian Republic - and we will visit the prisons of the Palace. We will then catch a ferry that will bring us to the Islands of Venice, including Murano known as the Island of Glass. Once back in Venice we will spend the evening tasting some Venetian delicacies for dinner.Hotel in Venice
4FlorenceToday, we'll head to Florence on the fast train arriving in late morning. Our tour will start with Brunelleschi's Duomo; one of the most important in all of Italy. After taking in the majesty of the city from the Dome, we'll head to the adjacent baptistery to look at the mosiacs. After lunch we'll head to Piazza della Signoria, filled with statues and lined by buildings that the Medici would still recognize if they were alive today. We'll spend the rest of the day at the Uffizi Gallery - gazing at works by Giotto, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Titian.Hotel in Venice
5FlorenceToday, we will walk around Florence to Piazzale Micheangelo to get a view of the entire city. We will then head to Palazzo Pitti and visit the beautiful gardens with free time for shopping! Hotel in Florence
6Florence/SienaToday, we will wake up early and head to Murlo, Le Verzure which is a Villa surrounded by the Tuscan hills where organic wine and olive oil is produced. The owners will show us around and we will have time to soak up the amazing views in one of Italy's most beautiful landscapes. We will end the day with a lovely and delicious home cooked meal.Hotel in Florence
7Siena /RomeThis morning we will take the train to Siena and have a guided tour of the city. After, we will catch the train to Rome in time for an early dinner and a stroll around the Eternal City.Hotel in Florence
8RomeWe will wake up in Rome today! We head to the Trevi Fountain followed by the Pantheon, the Piazza Navona and St. Angelo Castle. We will have time for shopping and a leisurely Italian meal.Hotel in Rome
9RomeYou've seen it on TV or in books, and today you'll visit the Colosseum!. We'll enter through the VIP entrance instead of waiting in the general queue; saving us precious hours! Next, we'll head to the Roman Forum and the Imperial Fora before grabbing some much needed gelato. We'll end the day on the Spanish Steps at the Piazza del Popolo and enjoy another delicious meal in this hip part of town.Hotel in Rome
10RomeToday we visit another country! We will spend our morning at the Vatican visiting the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums. We will also visit the Castle of the Holy Angel and Palatine Hill .Hotel in Rome
11RomeToday, we will enjoy a food tour of Rome and we will eat while we learn! We'll eat homemade ravioli, gelato, meats and cheese, fried risotto and lots of pasta! We'll then tour the Testaccio , to try and burn off some of the calories we've consumed! We'll also see the Protestant Cemetery where John Keats in buried.Hotel in Rome
12NaplesWe will catch the first high speed train to Naples for a visit to what is one of Italy's most unique cities. We will have a quick walk around the city and an amazing lunch by the seasideand then have an underground tour of Naples where we will see the city from beneath to help us understand what is above it! We'll finish the day with time to relax by the sea side before heading to have an original pizza! Hotel in Naples
13PompeiiWe will spend the day in Pompeii today! Together we will hike Mt. Vesuvius and contemplate the destruction that occurred when the volcano erupted in AD 79. 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!Hotel in Naples
14CapriToday, we'll head to the island of Capri enjoying the Roman countryside and taking in sites like the Abbey of Montecassino . We'll board small boats on a guided journey along the shoreline to see the Blue Grotto. On the island we'll visit Anacapri, Castel Nuovo, Certosa di San Martino and Palazzo Reale. We'll head back to Rome tonight for a final dinner before we depart the next morning.Hotel in Rome
15PlaneSay arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!Home

Philosophy Of Travel

Our mission is to inspire the next generation to become global leaders by taking an active interest in the world around them. With a dedication to learning, along with an enduring passion for exploring the world, Walking Tree Travel designs transformative and meaningful travel programs that uncover the authentic culture of each destination and inspire students to take action in their local and global community.

Walking Tree Travel stands for a more open, curious, and compassionate approach to travel. We partner with select schools around the world to provide memorable small-group experiences, and invest in cultivating and maintaining longterm relationships with our partner communities. If you are interested in our organization and philosophy of travel, click here to learn more about us.

Accommodations

In order to provide a safe and memorable experience for our students, teachers, and staff, Program Leaders and Country Directors follow strict guidelines when deciding on lodging, making reservations, and assigning program participants to rooms.

Students will always be grouped in rooms and/or sleeping areas by gender, and will never share rooms with people who are not associated with Walking Tree. Group Organizers and Program Leaders will be roomed separately from each other and from other students. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three star or equivalent hotels that are centrally located, clean, safe and wifi-enabled.
Below are a few examples of our partner hotels. Although these are our preferred providers, they are subject to change based on availability. Your final itinerary will provide complete information on your accommodations in the cities you will be visiting.

Venice: www.airbnb.com/rooms/383281

Rome: http://oasiverdeasanpietro.it/en/

Florence: http://www.bbfirenzegigliorosso.com/

Naples: www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187785-d2422087-Reviews-Bed_and_Breakfast_Le_Terrazze_di_Neapolis-Naples_Province_of_Naples_Campania.html

Turin: www.fruttopermesso.com/

Bibiana: www.fruttopermesso.com/?lang=en

Milan: www.booking.com/hotel/it/palazzo-delle-stelline.nl.html

Murlo: http://leverzure.weebly.com/

Tuition & Fundraising

Tuition Includes:

Tuition Excludes:
Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

We believe that cost should not prevent enthusiastic students from having the opportunity to join an WTT program. We are pleased to offer opportunities for fundraising and payment plans to help make this goal a reality. Please visit our Tuition and Funding page to find out more about tuition, fundraising, payment options, referral discounts, and more.

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Standards of Behavior

WTT provides fun, safe, and meaningful programs for our travelers. In order to achieve this goal, it is important that we create an environment of trust, security and respect. All individuals participating in our programs are required to take responsibility for their actions and adhere to a high standard of behavioral conduct. Any of the following are grounds for early dismissal or in-country consequences at our discretion.

ABSOLUTE DISMISSAL

  1. Possessing, consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  2. Associating with participants while they are in possession of or are consuming or distributing alcohol or illegal drugs
  3. Behaving in a way that consistently damages the group dynamic or jeopardizes personal or group safety. This includes consistently displaying a negative attitude, intimidating or excluding other participants, sneaking out, disobeying group leaders, and any other behavior that is not conducive to an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect.

GROUNDS FOR DISMISSAL OR IN-COUNTRY CONSEQUENCE

  1. Getting a piercing or tattoo
  2. Stealing, or deliberately damaging or defacing any personal property, buildings or materials
  3. Threatening with or using weapons such as firearms, knives, explosives, etc.
  4. Riding mopeds, motorcycles, or any other type of unauthorized vehicle
  5. Being out of designated area or accommodations after curfew
  6. Breaking group rules

These standards of behavior are essential for the successful completion of a travel program. Please take the time to review these rules as a family and make sure everyone understands and agrees to them before choosing to travel with WTT.

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Passport & Visa Check

Passport & Visa Check

US CITIZENS
Passport must be valid for six months after the final day of your travel program, including one open visa page.
No Visa Requirements for US Citizens traveling to Italy.

NON US CITIZENS OR THOSE TRAVELING FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE USA
Non US citizens should check with their country’s embassy abroad to verify vaccination and visa requirements.
US citizens traveling from a country other than the United States should check the State Department website (www.travel.state.gov) for more information regarding additional visa or vaccine requirements.

Please contact us for further information regarding vaccination and visa requirements.

Health and Safety

Our in-country staff prepare meticulously for all programs. Walking Tree will register our programs and travelers with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of emergency. In country staff also verify the safety records of our partner organizations, vendors, and transportation providers, thoroughly vet homestay families via in depth interviews and home visits, and keep up on important current events in the region.

Program Leaders are seasoned travelers who are CPR and First Aid certified, undergo thorough training in crisis management, and participate in a multi-day leadership training retreat. We do our best to prepare for any eventuality and have detailed emergency protocols for our leaders, in-country staff and U.S.-based staff.

We receive medical disclosures from all participants to ensure we are able to meet every students’ needs during the program. Please inform us immediately of any additional health issues that you did not list during your initial registration process. Program Leaders will also hold an online information session before your departure, as well as an arrival orientation in-country, in order to give participants important instructions on food safety, hygiene and preventing injury and illness. Leaders and in-country staff always respond immediately to any mental, physical or emotional health issues and follow comprehensive emergency protocols.

VACCINATIONS
Vaccination information and requirements can change frequently. Because of this, and for more information, we suggest that you consult your local travel clinic and/or family physician for specific details.

Travel Insurance

Our experience has taught us that international travel can sometimes be unpredictable. As such, WTT will purchase basic secondary travel and medical insurance for all WTT travelers via Travel Insured International. This service provides the following coverage at no additional cost to our participants:

PLAN COVERAGES

$500 Return Airfare for Trip Interruption
$750 ($150 per day) Trip Delay of six hours or more
$500 (Three or more hours) Missed Connection
$1500 ($250 per article) Baggage/Personal Effects
$300 Baggage Delay – 24 hours
$25,000 Accident & Sickness Medical Expense
$100,000 Emergency Evacuation and Repatriation
Emergency Assistance Non-insurance Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services Included

ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL COVERAGES

The following additional optional coverage upgrades are available upon request for an additional premium charge to the traveler. For further information on the premiums associated with these optional coverage enhancements, please email your inquiry to our travel insurance program administrator, Hayashi Insurance Solutions: travelinsurance@jshinsurance.com

– Trip Cancellation Coverage – Reimburses the traveler up to the trip cost insured up to a maximum of $10,000 per person if the trip must be cancelled for unforeseeable life events including but not limited to; medical/health reasons, bereavement, etc.

– Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) – Reimburses the traveler for 75% of the non-refundable trip cost. Cancellation must be made 48 hours or more prior to scheduled departure. Must be purchased at the same time as initial plan purchase and prior to final trip payment. *This benefit is not available to residents of New York State.

The Plan is administered by Hayashi Insurance Solutions (CA DOI 0F61680) a licensed Insurance Agency authorized to transact this insurance under the express authority of Travel Insured International, Inc. and its representatives, and on behalf of Walking Tree Travel, Inc. The Plan contains insurance benefits underwritten by the United States Fire Insurance Company. Fairmont Specialty and Crum & Forster are registered trademarks of United States Fire Insurance Company. The Crum & Forster group of companies is rated A (Excellent) by AM Best Company 2015. The Plan also contains non insurance Travel Assistance Services that are provided by an independent organization, OnCall International, and not by United States Fire Insurance Company or Travel Insured International. Review the Plan Document for complete terms, including benefits, conditions, limitations and exclusions that apply. Coverages may vary and not all coverage is available in all jurisdictions.

Global Leadership Curriculum

WTT has developed a curriculum that helps each of our travelers mature as global leaders before, during, and after their travel program. These simple, engaging tools are meant to spark discussion, frame their experience, and prepare them to travel ethically and effectively both on our programs and in the future. For more information about student learning objectives and the format of the curriculum, click on the ‘learn more’ button below.

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Language Resources

DUOLINGO

Want to learn a new language and be better prepared for your travel program? Duolingo is the easiest, most entertaining way to start learning and using a new language right away! The more you practice, the more you’ll be able to communicate with locals in your host country and help your fellow travelers navigate a foreign environment.

Tap the Duolingo owl to get started, or download the app to your mobile phone.

duolingo owl logo

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Travel Day Details

Travel Day Details

Program participants will meet the group organizer at the below airline check-in counter three hours before the departure flight. If you have trouble locating the group, please notify your group organizer or contact WTT.

DEPARTURE FROM USA
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RETURN TO USA
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A NOTE ON FLIGHTS
Air travel is unpredictable. Although we can ensure that our groups arrive to the airport with ample time and follow all airline instructions, there may still be instances when a flight is delayed or cancelled due to weather, mechanical problems, labor strikes, etc. Please note that in such an event WTT is not financially responsible for unexpected costs incurred by travelers. Our programs officially begin and end in our host countries. That being said, our travelers’ well-being and safety is our number one priority, so please know that should flight delays/cancellations occur we will do everything we can to get travelers home in a timely manner and will do our best to keep family members updated on developments.

WTT is not responsible for fees associated with checked baggage. Please also make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the final day in country.

UN-ACCOMPANIED MINORS
Please confirm with your air travel provider as some airlines may require that travelers under a certain age have completed an unaccompanied minor parental consent form. Please consult the airline website to confirm if this is required on your flight.

Leader Profile

WTT will send a minimum of one experienced Program Leader on every program. In addition to this Program Leader, we also have a support staff in our host countries that are available to the group for additional help when necessary. Please read below to see who will be part of the support team on your program.

  • Simone Mangili
    Simone Mangili Italy Country Director

    Bard College – B.A. Community, Regional and Environmental Studies
    Cornell University – M.A. Regional Planning

    Having completed numerous service-learning, travel and study abroad programs himself, Simone has worked at a leadership camp, lead service-learning programs, served as facilitator and mentor in study abroad programs, and taught college-level courses in urban planning and sustainability in cities worldwide. His professional experience is international and ranges from designing participatory planning processes to developing public spaces and green infrastructure. From managing long-term planning to real estate consulting and development. He is currently the Project and Operations Manager at Torino Strategica where he is managing the development of a 10-year Strategic Plan for the City of Turin and its metropolitan area.

    Group Roster

    Please have all travelers check below to ensure their name is spelled exactly how it appears on your passport. For edits, email lacey@walkingtree.org.

     

    Community & Project Details

    This is where your host community information will appear, along with your community project, if applicable to your program.

    Communication & Blog

    The easiest way for students to keep in touch with family and friends at home while traveling will be using Wifi (available at most hotels and some restaurants) via Viber, Whatsapp, Skype, and Wechat for free.

    WTT tries to keep families and friends updated as frequently as possible with text and photo blogs. If parents would like updates regarding the group beyond these blog posts and email updates, they should direct all general inquiries to info@WalkingTree.org. We are always checking this email inbox and will respond promptly to inquiries. You can also reach us by dialing 303-242-8541 from the U.S.

    Here is the link to your blog:

    Packing List

    What follows is a sample packing list, which will be updated for each program. We recommend you bring a larger piece of luggage like a roller, duffel bag, or backpack, as well as a smaller backpack that you can bring on hikes, weekend excursions and shorter activities.

    Most importantly, be sure to remember your PASSPORT and STUDENT ID.

    Italy Packing List

    CLOTHES:

    7-9 pairs of underwear
    6-8 pairs of socks
    6-7 t-shirts, tank tops or work shirts
    2-3 long sleeve shirts
    1-2 sweatshirt/jacket
    2-3 pairs of shorts
    2-3 pairs of jeans/pants
    1 swimsuit
    1 rain jacket
    1 pair of sturdy shoes (appropriate for lots of walking/athletic activity)
    1 pair of sports sandals ie Chacos/Tevas etc. (optional)
    1 pair flip flops (optional)
    1 hat

    TOILETRIES: BRING THE BASIC TOILETRIES YOU NEED PLUS:

    Bring the BASIC toiletries you need plus:
    Sunscreen
    Band aids and Neosporin and other basic first aid supplies
    Hand Sanitizer

    MISCELLANEOUS:

    Sunglasses
    Journal and pen
    Quick dry towel
    Book/s
    Alarm Clock and watch
    Visa/MasterCard debit card or US dollars (we recommend students bring between $100-$200, depending on amount of desired souvenirs, extra items etc.)
    Durable water bottle
    Flashlight/headlamp
    Batteries

    Tuition Details

    Tuition Includes:

    Tuition Excludes:
    Baggages fees, airline minor fees, personal shopping, passport or visa fees, and activities not listed in the itinerary.

    Tuition is an estimate until dates and itinerary are finalized. 

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