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School trips to Italy are always a popular choice with teachers and students. Not only does this vibrant European country offer a fantastic range of educational experiences, but it also offers the opportunity to enjoy them under the Mediterranean sun.

A school trip to Italy can work well for a number of subjects, including art, classical studies, maths, food technology, religious studies, geography and, of course, the Italian language.

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Why choose a school trip to Italy?

1. For the rich history & culture

Along with Greece, Italy is considered one of the cradles of Western civilisation and is widely recognised as a cultural superpower. The Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the Renaissance all began here and continue to have a major influence over much of modern society.

It’s no surprise, then, that Italy is such a popular destination for an educational tour. Art students, for example, will love the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous works in the museums and galleries of Florence, Rome and Venice.

Meanwhile, there's almost too much to pack into a history trip. From famous ancient ruins to the Vatican City, Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. 

Plus, our bespoke school trips to Italy are the perfect opportunity for language groups to sharpen speaking, listening and reading skills in a real-life setting, all while soaking up the unique culture on offer.

2. For the spectacular landscapes

Italy boasts an incredible variety of spectacular landscapes, from Alpine mountains and lakes to the volcanoes of Campania and Sicily.

The opportunity to visit the Campanian volcanic arc, which includes Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, makes educational trips to the Bay of Naples an excellent choice for those interested in physical geography. Your students will see the dangers of living in the shadow of an active volcano, while also discovering some of the benefits.

Students can also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, including its two active volcanoes – Mount Etna and Stromboli - for a practical learning experience.

3. For the unbelievable food

Italy is famous for its cuisine so, of course, it’s a fantastic destination for a food technology group, especially if you want to show your students the importance of using good produce. That’s because many Italian dishes are actually quite simple and are created from only a handful of ingredients – meaning the quality of the dish relies on the quality of those ingredients.

If food is the main focus then most school trips to Italy will opt to base themselves in Naples and Sorrento. The fertile land around Vesuvius means the produce here is unbelievable. Moreover, in Naples, your students will discover that a traditional Neopolitan pizza is a much simpler affair than the pizzas we’re used to in the UK, but with a superior taste.

School Italian Culture Trip to Florence

Birthplace of the Italian language, there really is nowhere better than spectacular Florence for an Italian school trip!

£599PP

School Art Trip to Florence

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, your students will love exploring Florence's many art museums and galleries!

£625PP

School Mathematics Trip to Florence

Want to show your students the beauty in maths? Then head to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, on your maths school trip!

£699PP

Italian Culture Trip to Naples and Sorrento

Inspire your students with an Italian school trip to Naples and Sorrento, where your students will learn about ancient and modern culture!

£599PP

Geography Trip to Naples and Sorrento

Explore life in the shadow of an active volcano on your geography school trip to Naples and Sorrento!

£599PP

Classical Studies Trip to Naples and Sorrento

Explore the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum on a Classical Studies school trip to Naples and Sorrento!

£575PP

Food Technology Trip to Naples and Sorrento

Naples and Sorrento is the home of pizza - so, where better to discover Italian cuisine on your food technology school trip?

£599PP

School Italian Culture Trip to Rome

Inspire your Italian students with a school trip to Rome, where they'll discover the fascinating history and culture of Italy!

£549PP

School Art Trip to Rome

Your art school trip to Rome offers your students the opportunity to see some of the most exquisite religious art in Europe!

£529PP

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Activities in Italy that your school group will love

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Echoing the giant stadiums of today, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Romans.

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The world's smallest state manages to play host to one of the finest art galleries.

Pizza Experience

Give your students the opportunity to learn how to make a true Neapolitan pizza!

Vesuvius National Park

The volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii, the menacing presence of Vesuvius can be seen from anywhere in the Bay of Naples.

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

The small Italian town of Pompeii entered the history book in AD79 when it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Amalfi Coast

The world famous Amalfi Coast is a geographical wonderland, with an incredible beauty at every turn.

Doge's Palace

The Palazzo Ducale was built in the 9th century as a public palace and was the residence of the Doge.

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is the main aquatic thoroughfare in central Venice. The S-shaped waterway follows an ancient riverbed

Uffizi Gallery

Florence's finest art gallery grew out of the private collection of the city's ruling de' Medici dynasty

Florence Cathedral

Florence's striking black, white and pink cathedral captures Italian architecture at the very beginning of the Renaissance. Brunelleschi's dome took

Florence Cathedral Belltower

The belltower of Santa Maria del Fiore, one of the most beautiful belltowers in Italy, was an (extremely costly) invention

Florence St. John's Baptistry

The Florence Bapistry (or Battistero di San Giovanni) is a religious edifice in Florence. It is believed to be the

Ponte Vecchio

Best known of all Florence's treasures, this glorious bridge was the only one of six spared by the retreating Germans

The Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)

The Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli) are rich and extravagant pleasure-gardenswithphotogenic views over Florence. Designed by the Grand Dukes as

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The iconic symbol of Italy, Pisa's bell-tower would be a beautiful and architecturally significant building even without its famous lean.

Brancacci Chapel

The church of Santa Maria del Carmine houses one of the greatest tributes to painting of all time: the frescoes

Medici Chapels

The Medici Chapels form part of the monumental complex of San Lorenzo, included is the church of San Lorenzo which

Palazzo Vecchio (Old Palace)

The Palazzo Vechiois the most important civil building in the city of Florence. The construction, designedby Arnolfo di Cambio, was begun

Uffizi Gallery

Florence's finest art gallery grew out of the private collection of the city's ruling de' Medici dynasty

Capri Island

Luxuriant, extraordinary and witha mild climate, Capri is a Mediterranean island of calcareous origin that has been visited over the

Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino)

Behind the Palazzo Reale to the northeast, is the five-towered Castel Nuovo (also known as the Maschio Angioino), once the

Castel Sant'Elmo

Sant' Elmo is the name of both a hill and a fortress in Naples, located near the Certosa di San

Museum of Wine & Olive Oil

TheMuseum of Wine and Olive Oil in Torgiano isrun by the Fondazione Lungarotti. Set up by the well-known local wine-making

Olive Oil Factory

Start off your visit to this olive oil factory with a walk round the olive grove where you can listen

Pizza Experience

Give your students the opportunity to learn how to make a true Neapolitan pizza!

Pozzuoli

Pozzuoli is a city of the province of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania. The town has a number

Tenuta Vannulo Mozzarella Farm

During the tour, you will watch many years of experience and knowledge at work when viewing thedemonstration onhow to make

Amalfi Coast

The world famous Amalfi Coast is a geographical wonderland, with an incredible beauty at every turn.

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

The small Italian town of Pompeii entered the history book in AD79 when it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.

Vesuvius National Park

The volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii, the menacing presence of Vesuvius can be seen from anywhere in the Bay of Naples.

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Echoing the giant stadiums of today, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Romans.

Pantheon

This breathtaking domed structure has survived intact from the first century to the present day, and its architectural influence can

St. Peter's Basilica

This vast sixteenth-century Italian renaissance cathedral replaced an earlier structure dating from the fourth century, St. Peter's draws pilgrims and

The Catacombs of Saint Callixtus

An important religious site for early Christians, the Catacombs of St Callixtus, which siton the Appian Way (Via Appia) -

Time Elevator

Time Elevator Rome is a sensational experience; a 'must-see' for every tour group. Amulti-sensory show of the history of Rome

Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps

The Fontana di Trevi/Trevi Fountain is the most famous, and arguably the most beautiful,fountain in Rome. This impressive monument dominates

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The world's smallest state manages to play host to one of the finest art galleries.

Roman Forum

The forum was the centre of political, commercial and judicial life in ancient Rome. The largest buildings were the basilicas,

Doge's Palace

The Palazzo Ducale was built in the 9th century as a public palace and was the residence of the Doge.

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is the main aquatic thoroughfare in central Venice. The S-shaped waterway follows an ancient riverbed

Piazza San Marco

The equivalent of New York's Times Square or London's Trafalgar Square; Venice hasthe Piazza San Marco(St. Mark's Square). It differs

St. Mark's (San Marco) Basilica

This fantastic building, mother church of the city since the early Middle Ages, blends Romanesque with Byzantine and other diverse

Where to visit in Italy

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FAQs

I can’t see the destination I’m looking to travel to, can you still help me with my trip?
Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.
Do you offer travel insurance?

We do offer travel insurance as an optional extra - find out more in our travel insurance resource which includes the policy documents and FAQs. 

If you choose not to purchase this insurance through us (which is absolutely fine), just remember that you must have suitable travel and medical insurance in place to cover your group. 

When is the best time to visit Italy on a school trip?
Italy is a fantastic year-round destination for a school trip. That said, it can sometimes be too hot in the peak of summer, so if you want warm, sunny days and smaller crowds at tourist attractions, late spring and autumn are great times to visit.
Can the trip itinerary be adapted to my curriculum and requirements?
Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.
How far ahead should I start planning my trip?

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your trip 12-18 months before you want to travel.

This gives you plenty of time to get it approved and launched to students and parents.

Planning early will mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options - and it will make paying for the trip easier for families.

Want to travel sooner than this? It's possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. Whenever you're ready to start planning, we'll be here to support you.  And make sure you check out the many trip-planning guides in our resource hub

What accommodation options are available?
You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above. All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year. Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

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