Travel with your students through more than two millennia of history, through an unparalleled architectural and artistic heritage. Italy offers you medieval cities, Renaissance gems, remains of the Roman Empire and important religious buildings. Add to that passionate people, a highly delicious gastronomy and landscapes worthy of postcards, you undoubtedly have one of the most beautiful countries in the world to discover!
Flight to Venice
Upon arrival in Venice, you will board a private boat to reach your accommodation. Since there are no roads on the island, you will get around on foot and by boat! Walk to your accommodation to drop off your luggage and enjoy the change of scenery in this extraordinary city. After free time for lunch, discover Saint Mark’s Square and its surroundings: the “Procuracies”, three buildings with a rich historical and architectural heritage; Café Florian, the oldest, famous and most luxurious café in the area; the Bridge of Sighs, one of the most famous bridges in Venice that connects the prison of the wells to the Doge’s Palace where prisoners went to court. After a good dinner, take a guided tour with a local guide under the theme “The ghosts of Venice”. Discover the city differently through the legends and the dark secrets that haunt the Venetians! Meal included : dinner.
This morning, let a local guide show you around the city and see St. Mark’s Basilica, where Byzantine and Western influences mingle. Also admire the Clock Tower, a true architectural and engineering masterpiece. At the top of the tower, the famous Moors, bronze shepherds, have been striking the hours on the bell for more than 500 years. Also visit the Doge’s Palace, a sumptuous palace which was the residence of the doges, built by the best architects and decorated by the best painters. In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the city at your leisure, we suggest you go to the lagoon islands by taking the public boat. You will make other amazing discoveries, including that of the famous Murano glass! Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Start your day by traveling to Florence by coach, the city where Italian genius manifests itself with the most brilliance and the greatest purity. After making a stop at your accommodation, join a local guide for a guided tour of Florence. Visit the Cathedral’s Brunelleschi Dome, the largest man-made masonry dome with over four million bricks! Then visit the Baptistery, one of the oldest buildings in Florence dating from the 4th century. It contains Byzantine frescoes and mosaics and its main gate, described by Michelangelo as the “Gate of Heaven”, sculpted and decorated by Lorenzo Ghiberti and several collaborators. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the ancient city and experience Florentine cuisine. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Board your coach and travel to San Gimignano, a town dating back to the 5th century. In the heart of the rolling Tuscan countryside, where vines and olive trees grow, “San Gimignano della belle torri” by its nickname, stands atop a hill with its many medieval towers. Walk around freely to admire all the beauty of this medieval town. After lunch, take the road back to Siena. Visit Piazza del Campo, one of the most beautiful squares in the world with its astonishing brick pavement, surrounded by a ring of stone. Also visit the Palazzo Pubbluico, a building of rare elegance in Gothic style with multiple triple bay windows. Then, enjoy the superb view of Siena and its countryside from the top of the Torre del Mangia, an 88m high tower rising from one end of the public palace. Return to your hotel in Florence at the end of the day. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Board your coach for a departure to the Campania region. During this half-day on the road, you can relax and admire the scenery. Arrive in Pompei, meet your local guide for a tour of the excavation, an important archaeological site in Italy. Sumptuous city buried in 79 AD by an enormous eruption of the volcano Vesuvius, this place constitutes a capital document on Antiquity. By their size and the beauty of the surrounding landscape, the ruins of Pompeii provide a grandiose and moving vision of what could be a Roman city during the imperial era. At the end of the day, head to Rome where you will stay for the rest of the trip. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Rome, the capital of Italy, inhabited for nearly 3,000 years, is the birthplace of the Roman Empire and the second cradle of Western civilization after Athens, in Greece. Through the centuries and under the influences of leaders such as Julius Caesar, the Eternal City has made its place in history as one of the most beautiful cities in the world and as one of the most important witnesses of Antiquity, from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. Meet on-site a local guide who will first take you to the Roman Forum, reflecting the centuries of history that shaped Roman civilization. Then the Palatine Hill and its ruins, the hill that arouses the most emotions among the seven hills of Rome, because the foundation of Rome would be closely linked to it. After lunch, visit the Colosseum, an unrivaled masterpiece of Roman architecture and engineering dating back to the 1st century. Then, enjoy some free time to live to the rhythm of the Romans and walk the streets of this magnificent city. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
On this second day in the Italian capital, take a trip to the heart of the independent country that is the Vatican. Explore the heritage of the Holy See of the Roman Catholic Church accompanied by a local guide. The Vatican Museums will reveal to students various Etruscan and Egyptian collections, Greek and Roman antiquities, and numerous works brought together over the centuries. The Sistine Chapel, on the other hand, reveals one of the most spectacular and exceptional works of the Italian Renaissance: the fresco of the chapel, painted by Michelangelo, covers the entire ceiling. Then, visit St. Peter’s Basilica, considered the main church of Catholicism. In the afternoon, take part in immersive and fun activities, including a gladiatorial activity by introducing you to the basics of unarmed and sword fighting. Also admire a 5D multimedia show at Time Elevator and immerse yourself in ancient Rome. Finally, take advantage of a free evening to make other discoveries. Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Today, Italy and its capital still have a few wonders in store for you. You will be amazed by Baroque Rome through the discovery of a few small treasures: Piazza di Spagna, one of Rome’s main pedestrian squares with its imposing staircase of 135 steps; Piazza Navona, the largest tourist square in Rome; Piazza del Popolo, rich in architectural jewels; and the Trevi Fountain, the largest and most famous fountain in Rome, a true monumental complex. Then take a tour of the Pantheon, one of the best-preserved buildings of Ancient Rome and built during the reign of Emperor Augustus. It houses the tombs of Raphael and the first kings of Italy. Finally, take the rest of the day for souvenir shopping and stroll around the city. Suggestion: a pizza-making course according to Italian traditions, the country that invented this unparalleled international dish! Meals included: breakfast and dinner.
Return flight home
- Round trip flight as well as airport transfers and taxes
- Coach transportation as indicated in your itinerary
- Local tour guide services
- Activities, visits and meals mentioned on your program
- 2-3 stars hotel accommodation
- 24/7 emergency phone service
What’s not included
- Meals that are not mentioned on your program
- Personal expenses
- Optional activities
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