2023 Steward School Italy Program
February 24, 2023 -
March 5, 2023
Dates are tentative until flights are confirmed.
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: $2,790
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!
Wander the streets of Florence, one of the most charming cities in the world!
Explore the world's smallest country, Vatican City!
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Head to Murano Island and witness Venice's famous glass blowing
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.
|February 24||USA - Rome, Italy||Fly from USA to Rome, Italy.||In Flight|
|February 25||Rome||We’ll arrive in the Eternal City by late morning. After dropping our bags and grabbing a bite, the best plan of attack is to head out right away so we're off to explore the Colosseum, the massive stone amphitheater and an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire! Next, we'll head to the Roman Forum and the other Imperial Fora before grabbing some much needed gelato, the first scoop of many. On our way to our first Italian dinner we’ll walk by the Trevi Fountain.||Rome Garden Hotel
|February 26||Rome||This morning we will visit another country! We will spend our morning marveling at the Vatican's Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Vatican Museums. We’ll break for lunch and then head over to the Spanish steps and continue into the Villa Borghese park to get a view from Rome from the terraces that overlook the city. Before dinner, we’ll go underground into the Catacombs of Priscilla.||Rome Garden Hotel
|February 27||Rome||Today we’ll explore Rome’s Jewish Ghetto stopping by the Campo de’ Fiori, translated literally from Italian the “Field of Flowers Square” . We'll also visit the Pantheon and 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! A well-earned feast after a full day.||Rome Garden Hotel
|February 28||Rome to Florence||After a ride on one of Italy’s high speed trains we'll arrive in Florence and start our day with a walking tour, visiting the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and many other piazze and monuments. We'll also make time for the Galleria dell' Accademia, which hosts the original David.||Il Giglio Rosso|
|March 1||Florence||This morning we’ll have a walk through town that will take us to a cooking school where we’ll learn the secrets of Italian cooking and we’ll make our own lunch! Afterwards, we’ll head to the Santa Croce church as well as Piazza Michelangelo to see Florence from above. In the evening, keeping to the theme of food, we’ll explore the “New Market” for dinner.||Il Giglio Rosso|
|March 2||Florence to Venice||We'll be boarding another high-speed train, this time destination Venice! Once in Venice, we’ll get settled and then head out on foot to see sights like the Canal Grande, the Ponte Rialto and the Bridge of sighs. We’ll get lost (but find our way back) in the labrynth of small streets and canals until it’s time for another wonderful dinner.||Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni|
|March 3||Venice||This morning we'll head straight to St. Mark’s Square where we’ll also explore the famous Doge’s Palace. In the afternoon we’ll get a boat to the Island of Murano where we’ll learn about the unique glass blowing techniques that have been used for centuries by the local craftsmen.||Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni|
|March 4||Venice to Rome||We'll speed back down to Rome on the high speed train and have time for one last stroll through the streets of Rome and along the banks of the Tiber river. Among places we’ll pass by is the Largo Argentina, the very spot where Julius Caesar was killed. As a group we’ll take some time to think about everything that we’ve experienced before getting a good night’s rest before the long flight home.||Rome Garden Hotel
|March 5||Rome - USA||Arrivederci Italia!||You 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.
Il Giglio Rosso
Colorful, spacious, and dedicated to the preservation and appreciation of local art, this bed and breakfast in the heart of Florence provides unique accommodations for our students. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni
Located in the heart of Venice, Hotel Ca ‘ Due Leoni is a renovated 18th century building which combines a uniquely Venetian style with modern comforts. The hotel has free Wi-Fi and is located within walking distance of many attractions in Venice. Students will be separated by gender and split between double and triple rooms based on availability.
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EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
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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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