Italy Pre-College Enrichment: Archaeology
$6,995 + Airfare
Jul 11 – Aug 1
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Rome, Pompeii, Tuscany, Viterbo, Orvieto, Florence, Fiesole, Siena
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Rome
|Optional group flight back:||
Florence to Newark
Explore the multilayered ruins of Rome, do a week of field work at an Etruscan archaeological dig in rural Tuscany, and understand the science of modern restoration techniques in Florence. This fun, educational experience is for teens who want to dig deeper and get college credit while visiting some of the most important historical sites in the world. In addition to 45 hours of classroom time, the learning continues in the Colosseum, the ruins of Pompeii, the Roman Forum, a real archeological dig in Tuscany, and the Renaissance wonders of Florence.
On this trip you will:
- Attend class in Rome’s Colosseum and Roman Forum
- Earn College Credits with 45 hours of classroom time in Rome, Tuscany, and Florence and remember that your college credits are included in tuition!
- Taste heaven on our inimitable Gelato Tour and visit an artisanal chocolate shop in Florence
- Hands on, engaging college level courses in Archaeology through our partner, the prestigious Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute
- Participate in an archaeological dig at an Etruscan tomb
- Relax at a beautiful Italian beach on the Tuscan Riviera
- Marvel at the Renaissance wonders of Florence in the Uffizi and Accademia
- Walk the ancient streets of Pompeii and Ostia Antica
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
DAYS 2-8: ROME (Becoming an Archaeologist)
Your adventure begins in the Eternal City of Rome, where your classes will focus on the history and awesome ruins of the Ancient Roman Empire. Classes are held at the Rome campus of the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute. In addition to classroom time, professors will lead you on entrancing walks through the past, following in the footsteps of Ceasar and Augustus in the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. Visits to other lesser-known archaeological gems hidden in the heart of Rome will take your breath away. Take a day trip to the most incredible archaeological site in the Western World, Pompeii, and wander the golden rooms of Vatican City before heading north to Tuscany.
DAYS 8-15: TUSCANIA (Archaeological Field Work)
Have you ever wanted to participate in a real archaeological dig with trained archaeologists? Now’s your chance. During the field work phase of this trip, get your hands dirty at this exciting dig at an important Etruscan ‘necropolis’ (city of the dead, AKA cemetery) located in the heart of Tuscany. Your mornings will be spent working alongside trained archaeologists, digging, cataloging, and describing the objects that we find together. Side trips include visits to nearby Viterbo and Orvieto, as well as a beautiful Tuscan beach!
DAYS 15-22: FLORENCE (Conservation Laboratory)
Spend the last week of your adventure in Florence, learning about the modern restoration techniques that archaeologists and art historians employ to safeguard ancient artifacts and masterpieces. You will also visit the world renowned Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David. Field trips from Florence include Siena, Pisa, and an optional excursion to Montalcino.
TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT AND COLLEGE CREDITS?
This trip has an educational focus and includes a total of about 45 hours of classroom time, in addition to on-site lectures at monuments like the Colosseum in Rome or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Classroom time will be supplemented by the archaeological field work done at the Etruscan tomb site in Tuscany. Students will attend class from 2 to 4 hours per day, with the remainder of the day devoted to fun, engaging activities and sightseeing. The trip is divided into three (steps?) roughly equal portions: theory and methods of basic archaeology in Rome, field work in Tuscany, and a hands-on conservation laboratory in Florence.
Students should expect to follow the syllabus and complete assignments and exams on time. Upon successful completion of the final exams, students will be awarded college credits from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.
DO I NEED TO BRING ANYTHING SPECIAL ON THIS TRIP?
Yes, in addition to our standard packing list, please bring the following items on this trip:
- Hat to give you shade at the dig
- Work gloves
- Water bottle (something reusable, like a Nalgene)
- Appropriate footwear for an archaeological dig
- Notebook with pens/pencils
- Long pants
HOW MUCH FREE TIME DO THE PARTICIPANTS GET ON THE TRIP?
Our counselors tend to stay with group nearly always. 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, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with, such as the Via del Corso in Rome or the San Lorenzo Markets in Florence.
WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE IN ITALY?
Italian cuisine is all about fresh, local ingredients. We’ll be eating Italian pizza, pasta, meats and vegetables. One great thing about this trip is that we get to experience first-hand the regional differences in Italian cooking – we’ll eat Roman delicacies down south in Rome and in Tuscany we’ll munch on traditional Tuscan country food.
How Do Flights Work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. Our Team arranges chaperoned group flights on almost every trip. In the few instances that a chaperoned group flight is not available, we pick non-stop group flight paths for ease of travel. 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. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.
WHO ARE THE COUNSELORS ON THE TRIP?
The Trip Leader for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Leaders often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
WHERE DO WE STAY ON THE ITALY PRE-COLLEGE ENRICHMENT ARCHAEOLOGY TRIP 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. We do use hostels on some of our trips, only when they are exceptionally clean, safe, and have some other especially favorable characteristic.
In Rome we’ll be staying at an elegant hotel near the central Piazza Santa Maria Maggiore, close to both the Colosseum and the main train station. In Tuscany, while working at the archaeological dig, we will stay in a charming local accommodation in the center of the small town of Tuscania. In Florence, we will stay in comfortable accommodations in the heart of the ancient city.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE TRIP?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, (lunch included only during the week in Tuscany), 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 & visa application fees, lunches in Rome and Florence, 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.