Educational Tour: Highlights of Italy – 9 Days

Nine days exploring Rome & Florence with Assisi


Program Summary

You’ll start your faculty-led tour in Rome, known as the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans because they believed that no matter what happened in the rest of the world, the city of Rome would always remain standing. You’ll then head to Florence, known as the capital of arts, with its countless sculptures, piazzas, civic and religious buildings, palaces, markets, and museums which make it a unique destination.

Program Highlights & Inclusions

  • Professional ETA Tour Manager throughout your trip
  • Transportation throughout your trip
  • Visit the Basilicas of St. Francis & St. Clare
  • Visit the Piazza del Comune
  • Free time in Florence
  • Guided walking tour of Florence
  • Visit the Duomo
  • Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce
  • Visit the Piazza della Signoria
  • Visit the Ponte Vecchio
  • Admission to the Uffizi Gallery
  • Visit the Boboli Gardens & Pitti Palace
  • Guided city tour of Rome
  • Visit the Roman Forum
  • Admission to the Coliseum
  • Visit Piazza Navona
  • Visit the Pantheon
  • Free time in Rome
  • Free time in Trastevere along the Tiber River
  • Admission to the Vatican Museums including the Sistine
    Chapel & St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Visit the Trevi Fountain & the Spanish Steps

Daily Itinerary

You’ll start in Rome, known as the “Eternal City” by the ancient Romans, then make your way to Florence, the capital of arts, and end your tour in Venice, the city of water.



Today you’ll start your adventure to Italy to make unforgettable memories.


Arrival, Rome, Florence

You’ll arrive in Rome and then board your bus for the drive to Florence with a stop in Assisi to visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare and the Piazza del Comune. After your stop in Assisi, you’ll continue the drive to Florence.



Today you’ll take a walking tour in Florence, a city famous for its art and architecture. The city was the center of the Florentine Republic founded in 1115 AD and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance during the Middle Ages. It was also home to the Medici, one of history’s most important noble families. During your tour you’ll see the famous Florence Cathedral and Baptistery known as the Duomo. This magnificent gothic structure built in the 1300’s includes artwork by Giotto and engineering by Brunelleschi. The impressive brick dome was the largest ever constructed. You’ll also see the Basilica of Santa Croce which is the burial place of famous Italians including Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli.

You’ll also visit the Piazza della Signoria, the Ponte Vecchio and other sites during your tour. After the tour you’ll take a break for lunch and then have the afternoon free. In the evening you’ll participate in a hands-on cooking class and dinner.



This morning, you will visit the Uffizi Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous museums of the western world and home to famous works by Michelangelo and Da Vinci. Next, you’ll continue to the Boboli Gardens, one of the largest and most elegant Italian style gardens. Located behind Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens offers a welcome respite for travelers looking to escape from urban life.



Today you’ll have a free day or if you prefer, we can arrange an excursion in advance. Options include a day trip to the Cinque Terre, Pisa or Lucca or a trip to one of the charming Tuscan hilltop towns of Siena, San Gimignano, or Volterra.



After breakfast, you’ll head to Rome by train. Here you’ll learn about the history of a thriving civilization that began as early as the 8th century BC and grew to become one of the largest empires in the ancient world. Your first stop will be the Roman Forum which served for centuries as the center of Roman public life. Throughout the years it served as a venue for public speeches and criminal trials, a market place and as the site for ancient government buildings. You’ll tour the site and then continue to the Coliseum, an elliptical amphitheater in the center of Rome and the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. Its construction was completed in 80 AD and is a 50,000 seat stadium used for gladiator battles and other public performances.

After your tour you’ll head to Piazza Navona where you’ll take a break for lunch. After lunch you’ll see the Pantheon and then have some free time before dinner. In the evening you’ll have dinner and then take a walk along the Tiber River in the trendy area of Rome known as Trastevere.



Today you will have a free day or if you prefer, we can arrange an excursion in advance. Options include a visit to the Catacombs in Rome, the Borghese Gallery or other museums. A day trip to Pompeii is also an option.



You’ll visit the Vatican, usually referred to as a City State and often called “The Holy See”, Vatican City is home to about 800 residents. And it’s the world’s smallest country. A unique collection of artistic and architectural masterpieces lie within its boundaries. At its center is St Peter’s Basilica, with its double colonnade and a circular piazza in front and bordered by palaces and gardens. The basilica, erected over the tomb of St. Peter the Apostle, is the largest religious building in the world. Today you’ll see the Vatican Museums including the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. You’ll have the afternoon free. After dinner you’ll see the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.



Today your Italy adventure will come to an end as you start your journey back home.

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Fees and/or tickets are covered if included in your itinerary.

Paid Meals

You choose which meals are included in your program.