2023 Alameda International Italy Program
March 17, 2023 -
March 26, 2023
Dates are tentative
Airfare not included in program tuition
There are two options for payment, including an interest-free installment plan. Follow whichever works best for your family.
Program Tuition: $2,590
Pay in Full
All prices in United States Dollars.
Italy Cultural Journey
Italy is a traveler’s dream and an item 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 root 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 the 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!
Cultural Journeys allow travelers to gain insights into the heritage, history and modern realities of their destination by offering a broad diversity of experience. We rely on the expertise of our local staff to plan itineraries which not only explore the prominent sites but also make time for the lesser-known local gems and are intentional about regular interaction with local people.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Visit Siena's world-renowned cathedral and crypt
Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class
Get to know regional Italian delicacies bite by bite
Visit Mt. Vesuvius and tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii
Wander through the Roman Colosseum
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|1||USA -Rome, Italy||Fly from USA to Rome, Italy.||In Flight|
|2||Arrival in Rome||We’ll arrive in the Eternal City by late morning. Today we'll get our bearing in Rome by exploring on foot. We'll see the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona as we meander through Rome's Centro Storico. Of course we'll also grab some much needed gelato as our snack- the first of many.||Rome Garden Hostel|
|3||Rome||Today we'll dedicate our day to the archeological treasures of ancient Rome. Guided by an actual archeologist, we'll explore the Coliseum, The Ancient Forum, and Palatine Hill. We'll also see a number of lesser-known sites, hidden in the narrow streets such as the very spot where Julius Caesar was killed. How about real Italian pizza for dinner?||Rome Garden Hostel|
|4||Rome||Today we’ll explore Rome’s Jewish Ghetto stopping by the Campo de’Firori, translated literally from Italian the “Field of Flowers Square” . We'll also visit the Piazza Navona; crowned by the Fountain of the Four Rivers by Bernini, as well as by an Egyptian obelisk and two other fountains. We’ll head over to the Testaccio Market for lunch to savor homemade ravioli, gelato, meats and cheese, fried risotto and all kinds of pasta! We'll also work off our food as we continue to see sights in both Testaccio and in the Jewish Ghetto on foot.||Rome Garden Hostel|
|5||Pompeii||We’ll head down to Pompeii today to discover the secrets held by the ancient Roman city destroyed by the nearby volcano, Mt. Vesuvius in 80 AD.||Rome Garden Hostel|
|6||Rome||We’ll start the day on the Spanish steps and continue into the Villa Borghese park to get a view from Rome from the terraces that overlook the city. After a picnic in the park, we’ll have a short lesson on olive oil! We’ll learn how to tell the quality stuff from the imposters and we’ll get to taste some unique things including chocolate made with olive oil! Before dinner, we’ll go underground into the Catacombs of Priscilla.||Rome Garden Hostel|
|7||Rome - Siena||Next up, Siena! Here we'll engage with "Le Mura" association which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the city's Medieval walls. A local leader will take us on a walk through the city's lesser known areas and will give us a short lesson on SIena's remarkable past and present.||Siena Hotel|
|8||Siena||Today, we'll roll up our sleeves and get to work on a section of the Medieval walls in Siena that need some serious help due to a number of invasive plant species. Most of the setions where the group works are in ares that aren't normally accessible to the greater public. We'll work in the morning alongside local volunteers before it gets too hot and then break for lunch. In the afternoon Mike will explain more about the past, present and future of the city's walls and how the "Le Mura" wall organization's work has impacted the city.||Siena Hotel|
|9||Siena - Rome||Today, we will wake up early and get a bus back to Rome. We will have the afternoon to explore the Vatican city and St. Peter's Basilica. In the evening, our last Italian meal will be our best yet!||Rome Garden Hostel|
|10||Rome Departure||Arrivederci Italia!!!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Rome Garden Hotel
The Rome Garden Hotel is the perfect accommodation that marries peace and relaxation, characteristic of a reserved and suggestive location, with the commodity of a central position, in the heart of the bustling metropolis of Rome. The hotel is located in the vicinity of Porta Pia on Via Nomentana, in the elegant area of the consular and diplomatic premises. It’s a Patrician villa of the XIX century, entirely modernized and surrounded by a private garden and only a few steps from the splendid frame of Villa Torlonia. It is also the perfect location for art lovers, with the nearby park of Villa Borghese and its prestigious gallery, which houses the famous sculptures of Bernini, being easily reachable on foot from the hotel.
Hotel Moderno a Siena
Hotel Moderno is a family run hotel located in the center of Siena. The hotel is located just steps away from the historic center of town and students will feel transported back to old-world Italy. Students will be grouped by gender in double or triple rooms based on availability. Each room has Wifi and air conditioning. Breakfast will be provided at the hotel each morning.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
This being my first experience with an international trip for my child I have nothing to compare it to. However I feel Walking Tree did an excellent job from conception to completion with informing me on costs, what to expect, safety concerns, and sharing the experience through their blog. While I was worried about how safe my child would be on a trip… on the other side of the world, she told me that she felt safer than school safe.
Parent of Brigid, traveler on Japan Cultural Journey
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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