Educational travel blog
April 26, 2017
Overflowing with history and abounding with art and architecture, Italy is the ultimate educational tour destination for you and your students!
Visit some of the best known monuments of Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Once the heart of a vast empire, the Forum was filled with extravagant buildings and crowded with people from all over the known world. Don’t miss the often overlooked remains of the Temple of Caesar, located in the Roman Forum, where Julius Caesar was cremated over two thousand years ago.
Pompeii and Herculaneum
See how well-to-do Romans lived 2,000 years ago, until Mt. Vesuvius erupted, both destroying the cities and preserving them for all time.
From Roman frescoes to Michelangelo’s David in Firenze at the Accademia, to the statues dotting the rooftops of the Vatican, and, of course, the famous ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Italian art is sure to impress.
While not as enormous as the buildings in Paris, or as quaint as that in London, Italy’s architecture does not disappoint. There’s the Rome’s Colosseum and Forum, the Vatican itself, Ponte Vecchio in Florence, and dozens of bridges and basilica everywhere you look. The Spanish Steps are a popular gathering place, with magnificent views of Rome. Just north of the city center of Pisa, discover the Campo dei Miracoli and its trio of remarkable Moorish-style religious buildings. The most famous of the three is the Leaning Tower, now tilting nearly 13 feet from its vertical axis. Off the beaten path, Tuscan villas and farms, built brick-by-brick and stone-by-stone, are just one of Italy’s many architectural treasures.
Whether you base your tour in Rome, or venture forth into Venice, Florence, or parts beyond (the Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy, for instance), authentic Italian cuisine is incomparable. After all, it’s what Italy is known for! Pizza Margherita is the quintessential Italian staple. This single-serving ultra-thin-crust pizza (the topping known to Americans as “plain” or “cheese” pizza) is available everywhere in Italy. Expand your horizons and add other toppings, or learn how to pronounce the ingredients in Italian. And for dessert – gelato, of course. Buon appetito!
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built with ease and convenience. It’s hard to get lost in Rome or Florence. Each city is small enough to see the sights within a full day, or an afternoon. Venice is a bit trickier, with all its identical-looking streets, alleys, waterways and bridges.
History, art, food and much more – it’s no surprise that travelers to Italy usually want to return to Italy, again, and again. Therefore, don’t miss the opportunity to throw your coin into the Trevi Fountain, which legend says will guarantee your return.
Category: For Teachers, Travel Inspiration
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