2025 Key School Italy Program

Dear Families, Friends, and Travelers – Welcome to the 2025 Key School Italy Program!  To learn more,  you have two webpages at your disposal. The Pre-Enrollment page shares exciting highlights and important info that you will want to know before signing up. Once enrolled, you'll begin using the Post-Enrollment page which offers a greater level of detail.  Please be sure to review the information thoroughly and get excited for Italy!! 
Travel Dates: February 16, 2025 - February 26, 2025
Dates are tentative until flights are secured
Group Organizer(s):
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Program Tuition: $3,490 USD
Airfare not included in program tuition
Estimated Airfare: $1,000

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There are two options for payment, including an interest-free monthly installment plan.  Follow whichever option works best for your family. If we are within 90 days of travel, only the pay in full option is possible.

Program Tuition: $3,490

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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

Cultural Journeys

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.

Program Highlights

Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!

Witness your classwork come to life!

Wander the streets of Florence, one of the most charming cities in the world!

Explore the world's smallest country, Vatican City!

Learn to make true Italian food in a private cooking class

Visit Mt. Vesuvius and tour the ancient ruins of Pompeii

Wander through the Roman Colosseum

The Itinerary

We do everything possible to abide by  itineraries as originally planned, but decades of experience teachers that we must flexible in our planning. Changes to a trip’s schedule are uncommon, but Walking Tree reserves the right to make adjustments to programming in the best interest of the group. 

February 16USAToday the group will take their overnight flight to Florence.Airplane
February 17USA - FlorenceWe will arrive to Florence today and meet our program leaders at the airport. We will check into our accommodations, get settled and talk about the upcoming days with more detail during our orientation meeting. We will then have a guided walking tour of Florence where we will see some of the most iconic spots of the city, including the Piazza Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. If we have the energy, we will finish the day with a visit to Piazzale Michelangelo to get a view of the city from above. We will then head to a local restaurant for our first Italian dinner!Hotel in Florence
February 18FlorenceToday we will visit the Uffizi, one of the most important museums in Italy and the world. We will learn about the history of Florence and the Renaissance, and have the opportunity to see masterpieces from Botticelli, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and many others. We will taste some delicious street food at the Florence market for lunch followed by some free time to do some shopping. The group will then visit the Florence Cathedral and the Florence Baptistery where we will appreciate their astonishing architectural details. With some leisure time to sketch and soak in the beauty of this enchanting city, we'll conclude our day with another delightful dinner, reflecting on the wonders we've experienced throughout the day.Hotel in Florence
February 19FlorenceAfter breakfast, we'll head to Basilica Santa Maria Novella to admire its stunning frescoes. Following a delightful lunch, we'll visit the Museo Nazionale del Bargello to explore sculptural masterpieces from the Early Renaissance. Our journey will then lead us to the iconic Palazzo Vecchio, where we'll delve into the rich history and artistic treasures of Florence, immersing ourselves in the city's vibrant cultural heritage. Well have dinner at a local restaurant before heading back to our hotel for the day.Hotel in Florence
February 20Florence - PompeiiIn the early morning, we'll board a fast train bound for Pompeii, the remarkable Roman city preserved beneath the ashes of Mount Vesuvius. After a satisfying all-you-can-eat pizza lunch, expert guides will lead us through Pompeii's archaeological treasures, enriching our understanding of this ancient marvel. With our minds enriched and our appetites satisfied, we'll take some leisure time to unwind and rest, ensuring we're fully prepared for the adventures that await us on the next leg of our journey.Hotel in Vesuvious
February 21Pompeii - Vesuvious - RomeToday, we're in for an exhilarating adventure as we hike up Mt. Vesuvius, taking in its breathtaking biosphere and panoramic views, while also delving into its rich history.
After our volcanic exploration, we'll enjoy a satisfying lunch before continuing our journey to the Eternal City, Rome. Arriving in time for dinner, we'll have the opportunity to savor the flavors of Roman cuisine before embarking on a magical nighttime walk around the city, soaking in its timeless beauty.
Hotel in Rome
February 22Rome - VaticanToday, we embark on a journey to a different country, the smallest in the world: the Vatican! Our first stop will be the renowned Vatican Museums, home to a vast art collection amassed over centuries. Culminating our museum tour, we'll marvel at the iconic Sistine Chapel. Afterward, we'll have the option to visit Saint Paul's Cathedral or explore the historic Castle St. Angelo, once a formidable fortress of the Pope and now a captivating museum.
Following our Vatican exploration, we'll spend the rest of the day immersing ourselves in the wonders of Rome. And of course, we can't forget to indulge in a delightful gelato as we wander through the city streets.
Hotel in Rome
February 23RomeAfter breakfast, we'll enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Rome, immersing ourselves in the open-air art and history museum that the city offers. Our first stop will be the awe-inspiring Pantheon, an ancient marvel of architecture whose construction still baffles historians to this day. After exploring the Pantheon, we'll have the flexibility to choose between continuing our city tour or visiting the renowned Capitoline Museums, home to a rich collection of ancient artifacts and art pieces. This unhurried exploration will allow us to soak in the beauty and history of Rome at our own pace, ensuring a memorable and enriching experience for all and allowing enough time to do some self exploration or sketching!Hotel in Rome
February 24RomeWe will visit the impressive Galleria Borghese, a small gem in a beautiful park in Rome, which houses many masterpieces from Caravaggio to Bernini. We will then have some time to enjoy the park and its artworks and write our letter to self and work on our sketches. We will appreciate some of the most beautufl views of Rome from the park and we will then head towards the Spanish Steps. We will then head to have a Roman pasta dinner and, of course, some Gelato for dessert. On our way back to the hotel, we will stop by the Trevi fountain to make a wish and take some pictures.Hotel Rome
February 25RomeOn our last day in Rome, we will visit one of the most iconic places in the Italy and the world, the Colosseum and Forum. We will have a guide showing us around and bringing history back to life for us. We will have lunch and then organize ourselves to see what we want to do on our last day and visit the highlights we missed, do some shopping and have some reflection time. We will finish the day with a wonderful last dinner and, once again, more gelato!Hotel Rome
February 26Rome - USASay arrivederci to Italy as we board our flight home to the US!Your own bed, eventually!


In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing group accommodations. Walking Tree partners with hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, locally operated, clean and safe.  We inspect each partner hotel to ensure they meet these standards.

Below are the accommodations we anticipate using on your program, subject to availability. 
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.

PLUS Florence

Located a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Train Station and 1 km from Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Plus Florence offers rooms and dormitories with free WiFi throughout.  Each room and dormitory at Plus Florence features a flat-screen TV, lockers and a private bathroom. Some also boast views of the cathedral. This hostel also counts with a fitness area, and during winter guests can  also enjoy a Turkish bath, sauna and an indoor pool. The shared area is equipped with a microwave, fridge and vending machines. This hostel also has it’s own café and restaurant.  Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender..


Safety and Support


With a previous outfitter [I worked with], the experience was more “touring” and no hands-on contributions and work. Walking Tree surrounds the travelers with amazing professionals who are dedicated to their sciences, travels, and countries. Travelers’ experiences are first-hand, authentic and memorable!

Alumni Group Organizer on programs to Costa Rica and Panama

Your Adventure Includes

Estimated Airfare

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: Travel insurance, baggage fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.


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