Perhaps no other country brings to mind classical culture more than Italy, the heart of the Roman Empire and one of the world’s most important cultural contributors. Bring classical culture to life on this tour designed specifically for students of the social sciences. We’ll begin in Rome, home of such classic sites as the Colosseum and Palatine Hill, but also some off-the-beaten-path relics like Ostia Antica. From Rome we’ll journey south to Naples and Pompeii, without a doubt one of the world’s most important archaeological finds. Top off this trip of a lifetime with a few days relaxing on the Amalfi Coast that makes southern Italy such an ideal travel destination for students and teachers alike!
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. 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!
During this trip, you and your students will…
- Walk in the footsteps of history at the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, and the abandoned city of Ostia Antica
- 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
- Stroll down the streets of Pompeii that were covered in ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
- Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum to see treasures that were unearthed from Pompeii, including the plaster casts of the people caught in the eruption
- Relax on a private boat tour of the Amalfi Coast
- Gaze out over the turquoise Mediterranean Sea from atop the elegant island of Capri
- Snorkel and swim in the clear waters around Sorrento and Positano
- Visit the spectacular temples of Paestum for a glimpse of classical Greek architecture
- Savor the best Italian food of your life, including fresh pasta, juicy tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, and of course pizza!
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: Pompeii
Today we say arrivederci to the Eternal City and depart for the beautiful south of Italy. Before we leave, we’ll stop at the vibrant Mercato del Campo di Fiori to get fresh picnic lunch ingredients. We’ll also visit the Capitoline Hill Museums, one of the most important homes of archaeological remains in Rome. Then we’re off to Pompeii, the city that was buried in ash by a sudden eruption of Mount Vesuvius hundreds of years ago and only discovered by archaeologists in the 18th century. Take a guided tour of the city, walk down streets that were hidden for 1,600 years, and even see the plaster casts of the people who were caught in the eruption. After we’ve seen Pompeii, we’ll spend the night in Naples.
DAY 5: Naples
Naples is one of the most vibrant cities in all of Italy. This morning, we’ll get to know its incredible history at the Archaeological Museum–where many of the artifacts from Pompeii are on display–and even have the chance to explore the city from below on a tour of its tunnel system! Of course, lunch will be classic Neapolitan pizza–this is, after all, where pizza was invented. In the afternoon, board our private coach to the beautiful seaside town of Sorrento. Here, we’ll relax on Mediterranean beaches, savor delicious southern Italian cuisine, and enjoy the perfect views of Vesuvius from across the water.
Day 6: Amalfi Coast
What better way to see the Amalfi Coast then from aboard our own private boat? Today, cruise through turquoise Mediterranean waters from Sorrento to Amalfi and Positano, some of the most beautiful villages in the south of Italy. Stop along the way to snorkel, swim, and explore these quaint towns. Get a fresh lemonade, and lay out and soak up the sun!
Day 7: Capri
On our last day in Italy, we’ll visit the elegant town of Anacapri, located atop the Isle of Capri. Browse the chic boutiques and admire the incredible views of the sea all around you. After lunch, take the chairlift up to the top of Monte Solaro for stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. Upon our return to Sorrento, the group will have time for some last-minute souvenir shopping and packing before returning to the hotel to get ready for dinner. To celebrate the end of an amazing journey, we’ll enjoy an upscale dinner dressed in our finest and reminisce on the memories we’ve made in Italy.
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.
Make Your Adventure Longer - Add a Day Trip to Ostia Antica and/or Paestum
This itinerary can be adapted to a nine-day or ten-day adventure by adding a day trip to Ostia Antica and/or Paestum.
Start the day with a visit to the abandoned city of Ostia Antica for some of the best-preserved ruins in Rome. See ancient temples and learn why residents had to leave the city suddenly. After returning to downtown Rome, 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!
You can also visit the temples of Paestum, a perfect example of classical Greek architecture. These temples are impeccably preserved, which will give students a clear idea of what life was like in the ancient Mediterranean. Return to Sorrento and try your hand at painting ceramics, one of Amalfi’s most important local products.
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!
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."
"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."
"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."