Ciao Italy: For Younger Teens
$3,595 + Airfare
Jul 10 – Jul 19
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Rome, Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre, Montalcino
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Rome
|Optional group flight back:||
Florence to Newark
This trip is perfectly paced for a younger age group. We have slowed down the itinerary to allow for a more relaxed experience to help younger teens adjust to the culture shock of being abroad. We only stay overnight in two cities (Rome and Florence) to minimize the amount of time we pack up and go. The other cities we visit on this trip will all be day trips to allow these teens to experience everything Italy has to offer without the stress!
For those younger teens looking for their first trip abroad without their parents, check out this taste of Italian culture to experience the best of Italy! Visit the charming city of Florence while tasting some of the best gelato and pizza, climbing the Duomo for incredible views, and catching a postcard perfect sunset over the city. Spend a day wandering the charming canals of Venice and swim in the crystal clear mediterranean in the Cinque Terre. Head to the Eternal City and step back in time to the days of ancient Rome while marveling at the Colosseum and exploring Vatican City. After ten days you will have truly experienced living “la bella vita!”
On This Trip You Will:
- Eat the best pizza of your life!
- Cook Italian specialties with a family at their gorgeous Tuscan home
- Learn about ancient history first hand while going inside the Colosseum
- Climb the Duomo for incredible views of Florence
- Ride a gondola along the canals of Venice
- Hike the famous trails of the Cinque Terre region
- Swim in the mediterranean
- Visit the world’s most famous church, St. Peter’s Basilica
- Conquer our famous gelato tour, how many flavors can you handle?!
- Toss a coin over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
DAYS 2-5: Rome
Our trip begins in the eternal city where we will explore some of the most famous sites in Italy. We will go inside the mighty Colosseum and get a vivid picture of what it was like when gladiators fought here. We will visit the Vatican Museums, stare in awe at the Sistine Chapel, and go inside St. Peter’s Basilica. We’ll hang out at the Spanish steps and see the Trevi Fountain lit up at night and toss a coin in for good luck and to wish for a quick return to this gorgeous city!
DAY 5- 10 FLORENCE, THE CINQUE TERRE AND VENICE
Florence is the city often referred to as an outdoor museum. Every turn in this beautiful city reveals a new statue, fountain or frescoe. In the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance we’ll see Michelangelo’s famous “David,” climb to the top of The Duomo, and visit the Uffizi Museum, which houses the best collection of Italian Renaissance art in the world. Art and culture are not all that are in store for us in Florence, however. You’ll also get a tour of a family-owned chocolate shop and learn the art of making chocolate by hand, as the owners have been doing for generations. We’ll shop in the city’s famous markets and go to an exclusive event at one of the best leather shops in the city. We’ll enjoy the best pizzeria in the city and challenging ourselves to go all the way on TFT’s famous Gelato Tour! During our time in Florence we will take day trips out to both Venice and the Cinque Terre. In Venice we will have the chance to ride a gondola, wander the canals, and enjoy the overall relaxed atmosphere of this quaint city. In the Cinque Terre we will catch some sun at the beach, swim in the mediterranean and hike the trails that connect the tiny fishing villages dotting the cliff side of this region.
HOW MUCH FREE TIME DO THE PARTICIPANTS GET ON THEIR TRIP?
Any time we are outside of the hotel, our counselors are with the group. Participants are allowed to use the buddy system to shop and explore certain restricted areas for activities like shopping during the trip. At no time are students permitted to be exploring on their own without a buddy or counselors. Every day we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants lots of choice and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping in defined areas that we are very familiar with, for example the market in Florence.
WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE IN ITALY?
The food is delicious! Fresh, simple ingredients, homemade pasta, a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and of course, pizza! We always eat at authentic and local restaurants. Food is an important part of the culture so we prefer to allow our students to order off the menu so every meal is exactly what you want! You won’t find any set menus or lack luster buffets on our trips. As on all our trips, vegetarians and vegans and even gluten free can be accommodated.
WHERE DO WE STAY ON THE CIAO ITALY TRIP?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and to be generally well-suited to facilitating group supervision. This means we do not use large, impersonal hotels on the outskirts of cities. We stay away from large hotel chains, preferring to select small, family run places where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
In Rome we’ll be staying at an elegant two star hotel near the central Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, close to both the Coliseum and the main train station. In Florence we stay in a three star hotel only minutes away from the Duomo.
All of our hotels are in safe areas with 24 hour security. Every student will have his or her own bed.
DO I NEED TO BUY FLIGHTS OR DOES TFT BUY THEM FOR ME? WHICH AIRPORT DOES THE GROUP DEPART FROM?
Travel For Teens organizes chaperoned group flights for nearly every trip. You do not have to go on the group flight with us, although there are several advantages to doing so: the group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, a lot of group bonding happens on the trip over, and, on those trips that have group flight contracts, we get preferred group flight prices (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants as they walk to baggage claim, and escort them to where the rest of the group has assembled.
Our group flight departs from Newark, NJ. Please contact us for details regarding flight cost.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THIS TRIP?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas and visa application fees, trip insurance, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters, and the like, personal and medical expenses.