Trip Overview

The ancient splendor of the Colosseum; the view of rolling green hills in Tuscany; getting up close to priceless masterpieces by Michelangelo…There’s no better way to introduce young travelers to Italy and Italian culture than in the heart of where it all began. On this discovery program, ideal for any age group, show your students the best that Italy has to offer. Bring culture to life as we savor authentic cuisine, walk in the footsteps of history, and live like locals.

Our mission is to provide an authentic experience rooted in “teaching teens to be travelers, not tourists.” Language students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian and practice what they have learned in the classroom. Students can order their own food at meals, chitchat with shopkeepers, and haggle with street vendors. Our staff members will help students discover that foreign languages are an exciting tool they can use wherever their travels might take them.Our years of experience bringing students to Italy means that we know exactly how to educate, excite, and inspire. Join us for the chance to immerse your students in the best of Italy and leave them with memories to last a lifetime!

Price

Starting at $2995

Days

8 Days

What's Included
  • Accommodation
  • Airfare and transportation
  • Authentic local meals
  • All listed activities and entrances
  • Full-time trip director
  • Expert local guides
  • 24/7 support and marketing materials
  • A TFT representative to host an informational and pre-departure meeting
Countries

Italy

This Trip is Ideal For...

Art, Geography, History, Language, Literature

During this trip, you and your students will…

  • Walk in the footsteps of history at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Marvel at Michelangelo’s impressive paintings on the Sistine Chapel ceilings
  • Wander through ancient Roman neighborhoods, like Trastevere
  • Step back 2,000 years into the Pantheon
  • Catch the best views of Rome from atop the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument
  • Toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain, guaranteeing your return to the Eternal City
  • Take an Italian cooking class to learn how to make homemade specialties yourself
  • Climb to the top of the Duomo in Florence
  • Gaze in awe at the best Renaissance art in the world at the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia
  • Browse for treasures in the famous Florence leather markets
  • Savor the best Italian food of your life, including fresh pasta, juicy tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, and of course pizza!

Trip Itinerary

DAY 1: Depart for Europe!

Flight from your preferred airport to Rome.

DAY 2: Buongiorno Roma!

Upon your arrival in Rome, you’ll be greeted at the airport by your Travel For Teens guides, who will accompany you for the duration of your journey. After getting settled into the hotel, we’ll have lunch and head down to the Colosseum, perhaps one of the most famous sites in all of Rome. Tour this incredible structure that has been standing for millennia, and learn about the battles that Gladiators fought here. Then visit the Roman Forum to learn about ancient Roman government. We’ll top off an exciting first day with your first taste of authentic Italian cuisine at one of our favorite local restaurants.

DAY 3: The Vatican & Trastevere

Cross another country off your bucket list today as we visit Vatican City. Begin in Saint Peter’s Basilica, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, before continuing to the Vatican Museums to marvel at the archaeological treasures in the Church’s collection. After a lunch of pizza al taglio, we’ll explore the beautiful neighborhood of Trastevere. See the Basilica di Santa Maria and wander the ancient cobblestone streets. We’ll enjoy dinner in Trastevere tonight at a traditional trattoria.

DAY 4: Discover the Emerald City

Start the day with a visit to the market at the Campo di Fiori. Browse the stalls and see all the delicacies on offer, from farm-fresh cheeses to bread fresh out of the oven. Pick up the makings for a picnic lunch here and enjoy lunch al fresco just as the locals do. This afternoon, climb the Vittorio Emanuele II monument for some of the best views in Rome and explore the secrets of the Pantheon. Have some time for souvenir shopping on the Via del Corso and enjoy a delicious dinner in Piazza Navona, one of Rome’s most beautiful squares. Of course, no trip to Italy would be complete without enjoying a homemade gelato for dessert every night!

DAY 5: Off to Tuscany!

Today we say arrivederci to the Eternal City and depart for the rolling hills of Tuscany. En route from Rome to Florence, we’ll stop in the beautiful hillside village of Montalcino, where we’ll be hosted by a local family on their award-winning vineyard and estate. They’ll treat us to a tour of their winery and host a private cooking lesson for us. If the weather is warm enough, you’ll even be able to swim in their pool overlooking the countryside. After an incredible day, we’ll continue onwards to Florence for dinner.

DAY 6: Discover the Renaissance Capital

Florence is best known as the cradle of the Renaissance, and today we’ll get a feel for the incredible art and history that has shaped this beautiful city. Begin the day with a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s statue of David. No other statue will look the same after you’ve seen this! Have lunch and time to browse for treasures in the famous Mercato di San Lorenzo, where they sell everything from fresh panini to beautiful notebooks and leather goods. This afternoon, visit the elegant Boboli Gardens before heading up to Piazzale Michelangelo for a sunset photo shoot with the best view of Florence.

Day 7: Last Day in Florence

On our last day in Italy, we’ll be sure to make the most of the day. Begin with a guided tour of the Uffizi, one of the world’s most important sculpture museums. After lunch, climb to the top of the Duomo, the multicolored cathedral in the heart of the city. Have some free time to explore the many boutiques in Florence, including the traditional shops lining the Ponte Vecchio. For our final night’s dinner in Italy, we’ll enjoy an upscale meal at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate the end of an amazing trip.

DAY 8: Ciao Italia

Your TFT guides will accompany you to the airport and assist you with check-in for your flight. Wave goodbye as you head through security and sit back and relax on your flight home.

The TFT Difference

We Never Combine Groups

Your tour should be special and just for you and your students! We will never combine two or more groups on the same bus or tour. We will lead a trip with as few as six people and a teacher. Your Trip Director travels with you for the duration of your program.

Stress-Free Planning and 24/7 Support

We are there for you every step of the way, and our support begins the moment you decide to do a TFT trip! We will provide you with a team member who will help bring your tour to life, along with everything you need to help get students to sign up for the adventure! On the tour you will have 24/7 dedicated staff with you to ensure everything runs smoothly and because we know travel is full of surprises, solve anything that may pop up along the way.

Photos and Email Updates

Your trip is special and you and your students should have those memories captured forever! Expect frequent personal email updates and hundreds of photos from your TFT staff shared with you and your students’ families so everyone can follow along on the journey. We are the only teen travel program to offer this in-depth trip communication and it truly makes all the difference!

Central Accommodation and Local Meals

Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. We stay at locally owned accommodation in the city center so you don’t waste your valuable time commuting. We dine at charming authentic restaurants to get a real flavor (literally!) for the local culture. The best way to travel is like a local. So ditch the tour bus and have a real traveler’s experience with us!

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Authenticity is engrained in everything we do. Eat, stay, and travel like a local.

Check out what past travelers have to say about TFT and discover why we are consistently winning awards for Top Youth Travel Organization.

 

"I had never done an overnight camp before and I decided to go big and go to Scotland and Ireland with TFT! It was the best experience I ever had and I made so many memories. First off, the staff is incredible and they always take care of safety first, they are very fun and very supportive. One of the best adventures I remember was when we went rock climbing on the cliffs and rocks on the coast of Ireland, we got to jump off from the cliffs and into the ocean and that was such a blast. We also got to visit a castle and learn about falcons and even hold them as they would fly back and forth off our arms. The food was also incredible, as we got to try typical meals like a full English breakfast and haggis. The accommodations were very good too. For two of the three places we stayed at, we stayed at a hostel. They were quite small, but with all the new friends you meet there, it does not feel weird to be within such close proximity with others. The third place we stayed at was at an outdoor activity center on Achill Island and that was the most fun since every day there was a new activity such as surfing, canoeing, coasteering (climbing the rocks by the ocean), archery, and so many more. I have traveled a lot before, but with TFT, they are always on the move and you are trying new activities and trying new food while taking in the breathtaking scenery."

Annabeth White

"I was given the opportunity of a lifetime: to travel across Europe with amazing kids my age and outstanding counsellors. This trip showed me beautiful parts of the world I longed to see since I was a little girl. Not only were the people, accommodations and food incredible, but also the activities. Like canyoning down a mountainside in the middle of the Swiss Alps, paddle boating in the canals of Amsterdam and riding my bike on a beautiful trail just at the foot of Neuschwanstein Castle to a lake where we could swim to the middle and face the German hillside with two beautiful castles as the backdrop. After going on this trip, I can now tell my friends that I’ve travelled across Europe and I’m not even finished with high school yet. It was truly an incredible experience and I would totally recommend it to any teenagers aspiring to travel."

Sydney Johnson

"I have traveled with TFT for four summers now, exploring Costa Rica, Croatia, Fiji and Greece. These trips have been the highlight of my summers. They have broadened my horizons and strengthened my confidence. Going on these trips and meeting new people changed how I view the world. I love having conversations with locals and people I meet along the way. The small TFT groups and the knowledgeable and enthusiastic group leaders make for a fun and eye-opening experience. What sets TFT apart is that we immerse ourselves in the culture and we are not just tourists. We meet locals, hear stories about their lives, and it is truly invigorating. Travel For Teens has given me so much more than fun memories over the summer. They have given me the ability to be comfortable talking to anyone, being in new places, having a widened perspective on other cultures, and to be independent. On my Costa Rica and Fiji trips, we volunteered with school children. In a very short time we made deep connections that I will always cherish. I feel so fortunate to have had my eyes opened through TFT to so many beautiful places and memorable people."

Anna Fox

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