Step back in time and travel to Rome where history comes alive in this ancient capital of Italy. Educational student tours to Italy are one of the most popular trips, and with possible stops in Rome, Florence, Venice, and many other wonderful Italian cities who wouldn’t want to travel to this beautiful country?! This magnificent city was built on seven hills and is literally layers of history, one civilization built on top of another. Today, the city is a breathtaking mixture of ruins and monuments, fantastic fountains, beautiful piazzas, and innumerable museums. On a student tour, you will experience the essence of Rome and what it means to be Italian. Students and educators will learn about the people, places, and culture that have made this city so well-known and liked.

The Forum, Coliseum, St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Pantheon, Spanish Steps, Piazza Navona, and Trevi Fountain are but a few of the sights awaiting your arrival. Admire the ancient ruins of the Forum, originally a marketplace but later an area for important government buildings, in the heart of Rome. Just east of the Roman Forum is one of the most recognized symbols not only in Italy but all over the world, the Coliseum. The Coliseum is the largest amphitheater ever built during the Roman Empire, and is widely considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. Here you will walk where the famed gladiators fought as you learn about the Coliseum’s fascinating history. Your student tour will also lead you to Vatican City home of St. Peter’s Basilica.

A city within itself, the Vatican is entirely landlocked and the smallest independent state in the world by area as well as population. It is inside the city’s walls where students and educators will find one of the largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Roman Catholic Church nor the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, Saint Peter’s is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture, and where one will find the prominent Sistine Chapel.  The Pantheon is another popular Roman attraction among educational travel groups. The Pantheon has been well preserved, and almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.

No trip to Rome would be complete without a little relaxation and people watching time at Piazza Navona. So grab some of that world-famous gelato and find yourself a seat because you will want to be here all evening. Last but certainly not least among the many Roman sites is the Trevi Fountain. It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city, and one of the most famous fountains in the world. Legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Italy holds an endless possibility for students and teachers to experience an educational tour in one of the world’s most spectacular countries. I invite you to savor the cuisine, marvel at the historic monuments, and fall in love with the cities of Italy as you take in “La Dolce Vita.”

EA Tours has sample itineraries for Rome, Florence, and Venice, Florence, Rome, and Pompeii, as well as trips to Italy and other countries as seen here and here.

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