From Ancient Rome to Modern Italy, this boot-shaped nation is full of heritage and history. The city of Rome alone is home to hundreds of historical locations, including the political center at the Forum and the Colosseum, the Roman entertainment center. This city has museums in abundance, especially art museums like the Museo Nazionale Romano, as well as ancient temples and sites, such as Foro di Augusto, a celebratory landmark created to commemorate Augustus’ victory after the murder of Caesar in 42 BCE. Multiple piazzas decorate the city with a rich look into both modern Italy and the era of the Roman Empire.
Should you choose to take students on a journey to the most well-preserved Roman city, Pompeii is an excellent choice for any history tour in Italy. When Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii under several feet of ash, it allowed the city to become a time capsule, so that when modern archaeologists discovered it, the buildings were mostly intact and the frescos still retained their original look. As a result, a student tour through Pompeii offers an accurate idea of what life looked like back in the days of the Roman Empire.
Venice, Florence, and several other cities are brimming with Italian and Roman culture and history. In Venice, students can explore the Basilica di San Marco, the Grand Canal, and the Piazza San Marco, among many other historical destinations within the City of Bridges. In Florence, students can see the stomping grounds of the Medici family and Niccolò Machiavelli, in addition to Dante Alighieri’s exile location. Here students can also behold the Historic Centre of Florence, the Duomo, and the vast range of architectural styles including medieval, baroque, and neoclassical, all nestled among the city that thrived during the Renaissance. Other locations of interest include Palermo, Siena, Milan, Pisa, and many, many more. Students can even take a trip to the small town of Vinci, the birthplace of famous artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci.
With Italy’s rich living history and extraordinary landmarks, your students will have endless opportunities to learn about multiple eras of history, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance and beyond. If you’re ready to customize a student trip to Italy that will capture the imaginations of your students and enhance their knowledge of European history, contact us here and we’ll get you started.