Educational Italy: Molto Di Più

This 10-day Italy trip offers “much more”!  Starting in the beautiful seaport of Naples with visits to the archaeological and art museums, the journey considers to the ancient ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, considered by some to be even more remarkable than the city buried under the volcano.  Students continue on to explore politics in the eternal city of Rome, with visits to the iconic sites of Rome and an evening performance at the opera. A country on to itself in the middle of Rome, Vatican City offers some of the most exquisite art and architecture in the world.  On the way to Florence, students will have the opportunity to visit Assisi, best known as the birthplace of St. Francis.  In Florence, home of the Renaissance, students will experience the art, architecture, and drama of the city.  Other highlights of Italian experience include the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa and the magnificent La Scala Opera House of Milan.  Finally, the students travel to the mystery and magic of Venice, the city of canals, with an optional gondola ride on the Grand Canal, before bidding arrivederci.

 

DAY 1

  • Overnight flight to Rome
  • Hotel Check-in

 

 

DAY 2

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to Naples
  • Visit Naples Museum of Archeology
  • Lunch
  • Free time in Galleria Umberto
  • Travel to Pompeii
  • Guided Tour Scavi Pompeii—Gladiator’s Barracks, Roman Forum, Porta Marina, Forum Baths, Great Theater
  • Visit other archeological excavation sites of Pompeii—Herculaneum and Oplontis, Stabia, Antiquarium of Boscoreale
  • Travel back to Rome
  • Dinner

 

 

DAY 3

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Guided tour of Ancient Ruins of Rome—Colosseum, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Circus Maximus and Palatine Hill
  • Free time exploring Piazza di Spanga (Spanish Steps) and Piazza di Trevi (Trevi Fountain)
  • Lunch
  • Museum visits to Galleria Borghese and either Palazzo Barberini or Castel Sant’Angelo
  • Optional: Attend a performance at La Voce dell’Opera
  • Dinner

 

 

DAY 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Day Trip to Vatican City
  • Optional: Attend a morning weekday Mass
  • Tour St. Peter’s Square—St. Peter’s Basilica, La Pieta, Cupola, Necropolis, Vatican Grottos
  • Lunch
  • Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums—Stanze di Raffaello, Al Frescoes, Circular Staircase, Vatican Treasury
  • Dinner and free time on Rome’s famed Via Veneto

 

 

DAY 5

  • Breakfast and hotel check-out
  • Travel to Assisi
  • Visit St. Francis Basilica, Museum and Libraries
  • Free time at Terra Umbra
  • Travel to Florence
  • Visit Medici di Castello Gardens
  • Dinner
  • Optional Theater Performance at Pergola Theater
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Self-guided walking tour of Florence—Piazza della Signoria, Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza Santa Croce, Piazza Di San Giovanni: Duomo and Campanile
  • Lunch and free time at Mercato Centrale
  • Visit Museum of San Marco
  • Visit the Academy Gallery
  • Dinner

 

 

DAY 7

  • Travel to Pisa
  • Visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral
  • Lunch
  • Travel to Milan
  • Guided Tour La Scala Opera House
  • Optional: Visit Santa Maria della Grazie: Davinci’s Last Supper
  • Free Time at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 8

  • Breakfast at hotel and check-out
  • Travel to Venice
  • Walking Tour of Venice—Bridge of Sighs, Scuola di San Rocco, Accademia Gallery, Ca’ Rezzinoco, Rialto Markets
  • Murano Glass Factor Demonstration
  • Free time and lunch on Palazzo St. Marco
  • Tour Palazzo Ducale, St. Mark’s Cathedral
  • Optional: Gondola Ride on the Grand Canal
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 9

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to airport
  • Return flight home