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Educational tours to Italy for schools

Italy

Educational tours to Italy for schools

Steeped in history and culture, Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country on earth.  Drenched in history, romanticism and spectacular architecture; A tour to Italy is bound to inform and enchant. Step back in time to see a country of historical and artistic treasures, a legacy of the grand days of the Roman Empire.  Rome, famous for its fine buildings and Florence’s cultural wealth as home of the ‘Renaissance’ are an essential part of any tour.  Take a tour off the beaten track and visit the typically Italian town of Sorrento or visit the gripping Pompeii.

Language
Art & Literature
Culture
History & Classics

HISTORY & CLASSICS

To see the evidence of a once-great civilisation that no longer exists is an unforgettable experience for any history student.  Gain a unique insight into ancient Roman daily life in Pompeii; Explore the sites of the iconic Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine and the Roman Forum; Experience Florence, known as the “cradle of the Renaissance’’ and home Michelangelo’s ‘David’ or discover the myth of Venice and how Venetians adapted to their physical environment throughout history.  These are just a small selection of the illuminating experiences Italian history has to offer.

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Speaking and listening to the local language provides students with key skills that need to be encouraged throughout any language-focused tour. Markets in Italy are the heart of most towns and cities.  A visit to a local market is an exciting way for students to throw off a lack of confidence in their language ability than by the power of shopping.  Cooking lessons can also be arranged which will give students an insight into the culinary history and culture of Italian life. Varying locations can be organised for the language lessons, depending on the nature of the experience you are looking for.

Experiencing the daily activities, customs and way of life of a community and not just the historic attractions and scenic sites, will enable students to gain a deeper insight into their host country. See what activities your students can do to make the most out of their tour:

  • Farm stay with activities including working with farm animals and local produce visits
  • Visit to the Monash University Prato centre
  • Roman Gladiator School
  • Venetian mask making

Suggested itinerary

Day 1 – AUSTRALIA – TRANSIT

  • Depart Australia – Board overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 – ROME

  • Arrive Rome: The ‘Eternal City’ and the capital of Italy. Greeted at airport by Travelbound Education representative
  • Private transfer to Sorrento via Mt Vesuvius
  • Mount Vesuvius
  • Arrive Sorrento

Day 3 – SORRENTO

  • Enjoy a day of free time to explore

Day 4 – SORRENTO – CAPRI (RETURN)

  • Water transport to Capri Sightseeing day tour

Day 5 – SORRENTO

  • Free time in the morning
  • In the afternoon, depart Sorrento on a private transfer to Amalfi Coast
  • Amalfi Coast

Day 6 – SORRENTO – ROME (via BAIAE)

  • Private transfer pickup to Rome via Baiae – also known as “Little Rome”

Day 7 – ROME

  • Vatican City: Explore the Vatican City, including a guided tour of Sistine Chapel
  • Meet a Swiss Guard: Learn what it’s like to guard the Pope
  • Afternoon Sightseeing: Colosseum  – Roman forum – Pantheon

Day 8 – ROME

  • Sightseeing Tour of Catacombs of St Callixtus
  •  Suggestion! Afternoon workshop Cooking lesson “Making pizza”

Day 9 – ROME – SIENA OR SAN GIMIGNANO – FLORENCE

  • Private coach transfer to Florence via Siena and San Gimignano
  • Suggestion! Free time to explore San Gimignano
  • Private coach transfer to Florence
  • Arrive Florence

Day 10 – FLORENCE

  • Suggestion! Sightseeing: Orientation of Florence Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral, The Bell Tower and the Baptistery.
  • Ponte Vecchio

Day 11 – FLORENCE

  • Sightseeing: – Galleria dell Áccademia – Uffizi Gallery

Day 12 – FLORENCE – BOLOGNA – MILANO

  • Private transfer to Bologna
  • Bologna sightseeing:
    • Suggestion! Visit Parmigiano Reggiano factory
  • Private transfer to Milano

Day 13 – MILAN – TRANSIT

  • Private transfer to airport – Depart Milan Airport –  Arrive – Depart transit
  • Overnight flight

Day 14 – TRANSIT – AUSTRALIA

  • Arrive Australia

The Highlights of Italy Trip!

ROME

The ‘Eternal City’ and the capital of Italy. Rome’s history spans more than two and a half thousand years, since its legendary founding in 753 BC. In ancient times, it was the capital city of the Roman Kingdom, the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire, and is regarded as one of the birthplaces of Western civilization.

Pantheon

One of the best-preserved of all Ancient Roman buildings. It has been in continuous use throughout its history, and since the 7th century, the Pantheon has been used as a Roman Catholic church.

Piazza Navona

A beautiful city square in Rome. It is built on the site of the Stadium of Domitian. The Piazza is also home to the Fontana de Quattro Fiumi.

Trevi Fountain

Arguably the most famous fountain in Italy and even the world. The Trevi Fountain is a must see on your tour to Rome. Keeping with tradition, coins are thrown using the right hand over the left shoulder.

Colosseum and Roman forum

The Colosseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world. It was home to some of the most infamous gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. Just outside of the Colosseum, you can find the Roman Forum; the teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history

Theatre Of Marcellus

Built in a grand style during Augustus’ reign, with three distinct columned levels, it is believed the Theatre of Marcellus could originally hold as many as 11,000 people.

Vatican and Sistine Chapel

The Vatican museums are composed of several sections. Gregorian Etruscan, Pinacoteca, Missionary-Ethnological, Raphael Stanze and the Sistine Chapel. Works of art from every conceivable Renaissance artist adorn the rooms and corridors and there is far too much to appreciate in one visit. The ceiling of the Sistine chapel was created by Michelangelo and features 9 scenes from the book of Genesis. You can visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica, with an opportunity to climb the Dome (Cupola di San Pietro) or visit the Papal Tombs.

SAN GIMIGNANO

a UNESCO World Heritage site and is often called the ‘Town of Fine Towers’ due to the preservation of a number of impressive ‘torre’ or tower houses within its walls.

FLORENCE

Galleria dellÁccademia

TheGalleria dell’Accademia belongs to the most famous galleries in Florence. The exhibition contains numerous famous paintings and sculptures. The latter in particular, as the statue of David by Michelangelo is part of the collection.

Uffizi Gallery

One of the oldest and most famous art museums of Europe. It is home to works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, amongst others.

Piazza Del Duomo

The piazza gathers a series of undeniable objectives with great historical, religious, architectural, artistic and cultural charge, and these landmarks refer to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, to the Baptistery of St. John, to the Bell Tower (Campanile), to the Cathedral Museum (Museo dell’Opera del Duomo), as well as to Loggia del Bigallo.

Tuscan Cooking School with market visit

A truly memorable experience: cooking classes allow visitors to discover Tuscan and Florentine culture through its celebrated gourmet tradition. In equipped kitchens of typical Florentine old “palazzos”, or in typical restaurants, all located in the town centre, our guests, guided by skilled chefs, students will be taught how to prepare a full Tuscan menu, or a single specialty such as home-made pasta, pizza or ice cream. We can combine cooking class to a visit to the food market to buy fresh products with our chef.

VENICE

A city in the north east of Italy situated on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Venice is renowned for its beauty, its architecture and its artworks.

St Mark’s Square

This famous principal piazza is busy with crowds enjoying the backdrop of the Basilica of San Marco.

St Mark’s Basilica

Nestled at the Eastern end of St Mark’s Square. The cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, it is one of the best known examples of Italo-Byzantine architecture Climb the bell tower for splendid views over the city.

Bridge of Sighs

The enclosed bridge passes over the Rio di Palazzo and connects the New Prison (Prigioni Nuove) to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace.

Murano and Burano Islands

The island of Burano is famed for its lace work and colourful house exteriors and the small community has managed to retain its traditional charm despite the influx of tourists. Buranese women appear to spend most of their time sitting outside point stitching however, many lace items on sale have been machine made. Burano, like the other islands of the lagoon is best reached by water bus. The island of Murano can be reached by water bus and is home to many workshops, shops and galleries displaying the famous Murano glassware. The island is pretty compact and can be navigated on foot which is great for exploring the alleyways and narrow streets.

Venetian Mask Making

Visit a traditional artisan work place where student will learn all about the ancient techniques used to make a Venetian papier-mâché mask. The aim of the mini course is to explain the use of the mask in Venice during past centuries and for student to take part in the decoration of their own choice of papier-mâché mask.

Language Lesson Walking Tour of Venice

See the main sights of Venice whilst enjoying an interactive language based walking tour where students will be challenged to use their language on the go Dinner at leisure

NAPLES

Herculaneum (with archaeological guide)

The ancient city of Herculaneum was, like many others, situated on the fertile slopes of Mount Vesuvius. When the volcano erupted in 79AD the whole city was engulfed in an avalanche of mud that preserved the buildings, streets and residents practically intact. Thanks to excavations that began in the 18th century the city today can be explored on foot giving students a fine example of Roman lifestyles and architecture. A lot less busy than the more famous Pompeii.

Pompeii (with archaeological guide)

Probably the most famous archaeological site in Italy is located just 25km away from Naples. The excavations are visited by millions of visitors every year and offer one of the world’s most important examples of the past. Life in this rich and prosperous city was dramatically and brusquely interrupted in 79 A.D. when Vesuvius erupted and totally buried it. The city and its inhabitants were wiped out in moments. A visit to the excavations gives you a pretty good idea of what life must have been like here two thousand years ago.

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