Venice, Florence, Rome, and Cinque Terre
A maze of canals and bridges, Venice is completely inaccessible by car and must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Explore the San Marco Basilica and take the steep staircase up to the roof to see Piazza San Marco below. What’s a visit to Venice without a Gondola ride? Take your class on a fleet of gondolas for a tour of the city on the waterways it was built upon.
In Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, and become mesmerized by Brunelleschi’s Duomo in the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. Visit the medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, and shop at the jewelry stands that have been there since the days of the Medicis. Study the masterpieces of the Galleria delgi Uffizi by the greats such as Michelangelo, Boticelli, and Leonardo da Vinci, or head over to the Galleria dell’ Academia to visit David. Learn how to create an authentic Florentine pizza, finish off with real Italian gelato and then work off that meal with a bike ride through the Tuscan countryside.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, so spend a few in the historic city! Visit the Pantheon and the Colosseum, and follow a guided tour of the largest remaining Roman amphitheater, which once hosted the Gladiators. Explore Vatican City and crane your neck to see Michelangelo’s The Last Judgement on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Hang out on the Spanish Steps with gelato in hand, and, before you leave the Eternal City, make sure to toss three coins into the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return!
Fall in love with the beautiful coastal villages of Cinque Terre. Undisturbed by the noise and pollution of cars, all five fishing villages are accessible by walking trails and inland trains. Breathe in the scent of Mediterranean herbs mixed with the sea’s salty spray. Experience the Italian lifestyle in any of the five fishing villages tucked away on coastal cliffs.
On August 24th, 79 thousands of Romans met their fate in under a storm of ash and soot during the eruption of the great Mount Vesuvius. The natural preservation of the ancient city of Pompeii offers us a unique and rare opportunity to peer into the lives of those who lived two thousand years ago. Everything from pots and pans to paintings and people were engulfed in ash, frozen in time, waiting to be excavated from an impromptu burial. So, satisfy the anthropologist in you and explore the ancient Forgotten City from its gladiator Amphitheatre to the Temple of Apollo, and everything in between.