Best Italy Destinations for an Educational Holiday

With its diverse architecture, historic cities and wealth of artistic masterpieces, Italy is one of the best countries for an educational school or college trip, especially so for students studying Italian as a language or those studying architecture, ancient history, religion or the arts.

However, with so many educational cities to see, it can be difficult to choose the perfect resort for your group. If you are planning a group trip to Italy for school, college or university students and are unsure which is the best city to visit, here are some of our favourite destinations in Italy for an educational trip.

 

For Archaeology

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Rome

Of course, for students studying archaeology and Roman history, the Eternal City of Rome is a must-see on an educational trip to Italy. Here, students can see the seat of the Roman Empire with a guided walk through the Roman Forum, which is notable for its unique ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the centre of the ancient city. Students can also visit the Colosseum, which dates back to 80 AD and is one of the world’s most recognised landmarks and a treasure trove for budding archaeologists. There are also several important archaeological museums that you can enjoy on an educational trip to Rome, such as Palazzo Massimo's Museo Nazionale Romano or Museum of Roman Civilization, and as a part of your package, we can include a day trip to Ostia Antica, which is an ancient port.

Pompeii & Herculaneum (click here to see our package)

The lost cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum can be found in South Italy, not far from Naples. They are located close to the imposing volcano, Mount Vesusius, which in 79 AD erupted with violent strength. Pompeii and Herculaneum were destroyed and hidden by a veil of ash and mud, which served to preserve everything in the cities from their houses to the fated inhabitants. However, centuries later, the ruins of these cities were discovered and it is now possible to visit these eerie locations to see how people lived thousands of years ago. Visiting Pompeii and Herculaneum is an unmissable educational treat for students studying archaeology, where they can admire well-preserved amphitheatres, ancient pedestrian areas, forums, Gladiator barracks and thermal baths, and see rare mosaics and fountains.

If you choose an educational package to Pompeii and Herculaneum, we recommend basing your group in Sorrento as you can easily reach the archaeological sites from there on a day trip and staying in Sorrento gives you more accommodation options. Plus, from Sorrento you can visit the Archaeological Museum in Naples, which is widely regarded as one of the best in the world. You can even incorporate a visit to Pompeii and Herculaneum into an educational trip based in Rome, as we offer a day trip to the lost cities that is perfect for groups.

 

For Architecture

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Apulia

The region on Apulia in South-east Italy is a treasure trove of unusual architecture and is home to many diverse architectural styles, making this region in Italy a good choice for an educational trip for university or college students studying architecture.

The town of Alberobello in Apulia is known as “the Capital of the Trulli” as it is home to a stunning collection of 1500 trulli huts, which are a fascinating architectural feature of this area of South Italy. The trulli are small, fairytale-like 14th-century dwellings, which are built from local limestone, with dry-stone walls and characteristic conical roofs without mortar. The Trulli District in Alberobello is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an excellent location to show your architecture students the diversity of building styles across Europe.

Lecce, meanwhile, offers a glimpse at the Baroque architectural style that Italy is more famous for, and the city offers rich educational value. Thanks to its many impressive buildings and monuments, such as the Duomo, which was designed by G. Zimbalo, Lecce has been nicknamed the "Florence of the Baroque" and "Rome of the South". Notable buildings to visit on your educational package to Apulia are Porta Napoli, the Obelisk, the Paisiello Theatre, the Holy Cross Church and Torre del Parco.

Venice

For overwhelmingly decadent architecture, we highly recommend visiting Venice, where your students can marvel at the Golden Basilica and the Bell Tower in St Mark’s Square, as well as Doge’s Palace. On an educational trip to Venice, students can also learn more about the construction of the Floating City, which is quite unique, being built on wooden platforms supported by stakes. Venice is also an excellent location for students interested in bridge design as Venice has many iconic bridges to discover, such as the Rialto.

 

For Art Students

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Florence

If you are planning an educational package to Italy for art students, then a must-stop destination is surely the Renaissance city of Florence, where your students can discover iconic masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s statue of David at the Accademia art gallery, as well as beautiful mosaics designed by Niccolò Barabino at the Cathedral. There are also many impressive statues to admire in the city piazzas, such as those in Piazza della Signoria. And then there is the stunning Uffizi art gallery, which is home to a vast collection of artistic works owned by the Medici Family – as a part of your customised educational package to Florence, we can arrange a walking tour of the gallery so that your students can get a full appreciation for the artworks on display here.

Milan

Another Italian city that is an excellent choice for an educational trip for art students is Milan. As well as a modern and chic atmosphere that we’re sure your students will enjoy, the city boasts an impressive diversity of artworks and is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s iconic masterpiece The Last Supper, which is housed at Santa Maria delle Grazie. The masterpiece is highly protected and can only be viewed by appointment but, as a part of your tailor-made educational holiday to Milan, we can arrange an appointment for you.

 

For Nature & Geography

 

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Reggio di Calabria

The landscape around Reggio di Calabria in Italy’s “toe” is defined by its steep cliffs that roll into the glistening waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and its diverse and unusual coastal vistas and wealth of natural life makes an educational trip to Reggio di Calabria particularly appropriate for students studying geography, as well as those with an interest in wildlife. The countryside that surrounds Reggio di Calabria is characterised by vibrant woods and has a glorious park called the Aspromonte National Park, which is particularly intriguing as an educational day trip from Reggio di Calabria, where your students can discover watercourses and Mediterranean maquis, as well as rare wildlife. Students of geography will be particularly interested also in the Fogliatelle and Marmarico waterfalls outside Reggio di Calabria, while ornithologists will enjoy the rich variety of bird species, such as black woodpeckers, eagles, harrier eagles and honey buzzards.

Lake Garda (click here to see our package)

Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes in the Italian Lake District in North Italy and is home to intriguing geographical features, such as the Sarca and Mincio rivers, and the sulphur springs and thermal baths around Sirmione. The lake was formed from an Alpine glacier during the last ice age and its deepest point measures nearly 250 metres. It offers a diversity of natural land formations to enjoy and the lake itself is set against a mountainous backdrop, making an educational package to Lake Garda particularly appealing to geography students studying orogenic processes.

 

If you are planning an educational trip for school, college or university students and would like one of our travel experts to put together a tailor-made travel package for you, why not call a member of our friendly team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, you can click here to send an online enquiry – we typically respond within 24 hours and we offer enticing discounts for groups of 10 or more.

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