Happy November, Blog followers! As the winds blow colder, our jackets get thicker, and the leaves fall from the tress, I can’t help but dream of getting on a plane and flying across the world to a warm place. Somewhere with beaches, delicious food, and la bella vita… Today, I’m dreaming of Italy.

Between the shopping streets of Rome, Florence and Venice, the thousands of years of history and art visible on almost every corner, the seemingly endless stream delicious food, and the gorgeous beaches and hillside towns, it is hard to find a person who doesn’t dream of Italy. Photographers, voyagers, food, art, and history lovers, those who want adventure and those who want relaxation all flock to Italy to chase their passions.
If you dream of experiencing as much of Italy as possible, check out TFT’s Classic Italy Trip! On Classic Italy you’ll adventure to three of the most influential cities in Italy, spend time in the Tuscan countryside, and get a chance to eat quintessentially Italian foods from their place of origin. If fashion interests you, this trip gives you time to shop the high-fashion streets of Rome, Venice, and Florence, as well as checking out the famous leather markets! If your heart follows food, you’ll have an opportunity to eat tons of amazing panini, pastas, pizza, and (lets not forget) GELATO from across Italy! Tour the Coliseum, hike sea-side trails, and learn about the history and culture of Italy all while journeying through one of the most picturesque countries in the world!
Night Photography in Venice!
If you’re artistic sensibilities are what draw you to Italy, be sure to check out our Florence and Venice Photography or Rome and Tuscany Photography trips! Work on the basics in photography, develop your portfolio, and let Italy inspire your creative vision with our photography workshop. On these trips you’ll experiment with night photography, landscapes, portraiture, and much more all with picture-perfect Italy as your background!
Hiking the trail in Cinque Terre!
If you dream of Italy, but want to spend your time in the sun helping others, check out TFT’s Cinque Terre Community Service or Sicily Community Service trips! A UNESCO World Heritage site (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), Cinque Terre (literally meaning “five towns”) is a collection of fishing villages born before time was recorded. On this trip, you’ll spend your first few days hiking and maintaining different parts of a gorgeous 7 mile path that connects the five villages together. After your work is done for the day, you’ll spend your evenings relaxing on the beach. This region is birthplace of pesto, and located on the Mediterranean so it has fresh seafood plucked from the Mediterranean, food lovers will be in heaven! After you done your community service, you spend the next few days traveling down the coast to check out Rome, Sorrento, and Capri!
In Sicily, the island south of mainland Italy, you’ll work with an Italian family to help them build a shelter for those in need. Sicily is very different from mainland Italy, having been ruled by over nine different empires, including Arabic, Spanish, and Roman, to name a few. Your love for Sicily will sneak up on you unexpectedly… The rugged beauty of Sicily, combined with the kindness and passion for helping others of the family we stay with makes this trip the kind of experience that deeply changes you, and connects you with your fellow voyagers.
And if Italy is just one of the many places you dream of, check out our combo trips: Discover Europe, Greece and Italy, Ancient Empires, Backpacking for Teens I, Backpacking II, and Croatia and Italy!
So even though summer, warmth, and hopping on a plane all seem pretty far away… One great thing that fall brings is the TFT Early Bird Sale! If you’d like to sign up for a trip (if you dream of Italy, or France or Thailand or pretty much anywhere), go to our registration page and check out what discounts apply to you. If you sign up before midnight on Thanksgiving day you can save 5% on a single trip or 10% off any combination of two or more trips (and it is fully refundable until January 1st 2013)! Let your dreams become reality…