Italy

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Italy

Ciao!

Remnants of the Roman Empire, luscious landscapes of rolling hills, glittering Byzantine treasures, unparalleled art collections thousands of years old and of course the glorious food; Italy is an incredible feast of the senses.

Art & Literature
Language & Culture
History & Classics

HISTORY & CLASSICS

To see the evidence of a once-great civilization that no longer exists is an unforgettable experience for any history student. The partial, scattered ruins left from the Roman Empire are among the most overwhelming sights on earth. To walk the Roman Forum and stand in awe of the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Appian Way are among the most memorable, instructive, and illuminating experiences in all of travel.

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Speaking and listening to the local language provides students with key skills that need to be encouraged throughout any language-focused tour. With this approach in mind, we will work with you to ensure that your tailor-made itinerary is a truly engaging, immersive and worthwhile experience for your students. Depending on the experience you are looking for, language schools can be located within the capitals of Italy or in the surrounding towns and villages.

CULTURE

In order to have a worthwhile travel experience, Travelbound believes that students must have hands on interaction with the real culture of a country. 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

·         Overnight flight

Day 2

 

TRANSIT  ROME – SORRENTO

·         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: Accommodation check-in

Day 3

 

SORRENTO

·         Free time to explore – sightseeing

Day 4

 

SORRENTO – CAPRI (RETURN)

·        Breakfast at accommodation

·         Private transfer pickup to marina

·         Water transport to Capri Sightseeing day tour

Day 5

 

SORRENTO

·         AM, free time

·         PM, Afternoon private transfer to Amalfi Coast

·         Amalfi Coast – sightseeing

Day 6

 

SORRENTO – ROME (via BAIAE)

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

·         Accommodation check-in – Dinner in local restaurant

Day 7

 

ROME

·        Sightseeing:

– AM, Vatican City (including Sistine Chapel)

 – Meet a Swiss Guard: learn what it’s like to guard the Pope

·         Sightseeing: Colosseum  – Roman forumPantheon

Day 8

 

ROME

·        Sightseeing:

– AM, 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: Check-in to accommodation

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 – Arrive – Check in

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. Throughout the Roman period the theatre survived in its original form, with occasional renovation, such as that provided by the Emperor Vespasian.
  • 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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