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School Trips To Italy

school trips to italy

School Trips To Italy

Medieval towns, Roman cities, lakes, mountains and culinary delights

Birthplace of the Renaissance period and home to some of the world’s greatest artworks – Italy is the perfect school trip destination to inspire your students, no matter their age or chosen subject.

From Religious Studies to History & Classics, Rome is without doubt one of our most popular school trip destinations. Italy’s capital is thriving with history and culture with a wealth of notable attractions including the Colosseum, the Sistine Chapel, San Callisto Catacombs and St Peters Basilica.

A History & Classics trip to the Bay of Naples and Sorrento in southwestern Italy will give students an insight into Roman life. Ideal as a case study for Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-Level topics, students can learn about Roman civilisation at the ancient settlement of Herculaneum and take a day trip to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii.

Famed for its Renaissance architecture, world-class museums and residence to some of the most famous artists and sculptors in history – Florence is an obvious choice for an Art & Design school trip. Be inspired by the works of Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli at the Uffizi Gallery or visit The Accademia di Belle Arti: Europe’s first school of drawing and home to Michelangelo’s David. If you decide to venture out of Florence for the day or two, there are numerous points of interest to visit within a short distance such as the medieval town of Siena, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the small city of Lucca – renowned for its well-preserved Renaissance stone walls. 

Built on more than 100 small islands and a labyrinth of canals, Venice is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Located in northeast Italy, Venice is extremely accessible by air and coach. The capital of Italy’s Veneto region features a wealth of art galleries and museums to choose from including the Galleria dell’Accademia and Peggy Guggenheim Collection. As well as taking in the art and culture of the city, students can also practice their Italian language skills at the Rialto and Campo Santa Margherita market stalls.

Lake Garda is the perfect central base for a Music or Dance & Drama school trip. Not far from the cultural cities of Venice and Verona, Lake Garda is an ideal location if you want to stay in a quieter resort with breath-taking surroundings. From July to August students can experience the Verona opera at the atmospheric Arena di Verona – a Roman amphitheatre built in the first century or travel to Venice to experience the Carnival of Venice and learn about the history of the Venetian Mask.

Do we need a visa to travel to Italy?

If everyone in your group holds a British Citizen passport, you will not need to apply for visas to enter Italy. Please note that this only applies for tourist trips lasting less than 90 days.

From 1st January 2021, everybody in your group must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe.

How will Brexit affect travelling to Italy?

For the latest information from the UK Government on travelling to Italy please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements

When is the best time of year to visit Italy with a school group?

The Easter break and lead up to the summer holidays are often popular times for school groups to visit Italy, due to the predictable warm and dry weather conditions. Rome, Pompeii and Venice all boast an enviable climate at this time of year, but remember, the closer you get to July/August, the more likely you are to experience very hot temperatures.

October half term is another good time of year to visit Italy’s most popular destinations, such as Florence, Rome and Sicily, as they are still likely to experience mild temperatures.

If you’re looking to travel in the winter months, why not try a school ski trip to the Italian Alps! Italy offers a plethora of school group friendly resorts - from Claviere to Passo Tonale and Folgarida.

What is the best way for a school group to travel to Italy?

Without a doubt, travelling by plane to Italy is the quickest option. With direct links from the UK’s main airports to major Italian airports such as Rome, Milan, Verona (Lake Garda), Venice, Florence, and Palermo (Sicily).

There’s also the option to travel by coach to Northern Italy, stopping along the way. This option if more popular for our school ski groups.

Can we use our mobile phones in Italy?

You will need to check the terms and conditions of your mobile phone network plan to see whether data usage in the EU is covered.

Can we drink water from the tap in Italy?

Tap water is considered to be safe in Italy unless marked otherwise. You may want to advise your group to bring along their own reusable water bottles which can be topped up.

Is tipping customary in Italy?

Tipping is often left to the discretion of the customer in Italy, which can often be slightly confusing to those travelling to Italy for the first time.

A majority of restaurants in Italy will include a service fee within the bill, which usually equates to 10% - 15%. This charge will be indicated on the bill or menu. It is not absolutely necessary, but is greatly appreciated by waiting staff.

If you are on a free guided walking tour, you are generally expected to tip what you feel the tour is worth, as this could be the main source of income for the tour guide. The general consensus is to usually tip between €5 - €10pp, but understandably this may be a lot for large groups. We advise to discuss this with your Group Coordinator if you have any queries.

Some groups will also tip their coach driver, again this is up to the discretion of the Party Leader.

What is the current Coronavirus advice and government recommendations in regard to school trips to Italy?

As a tour operator we follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO) guidance. For the latest travel advice to Italy please see: gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy.

If you have any queries about an upcoming school trip to Italy with us, please email your designated Group Coordinator or email support@equity.co.uk which will be forwarded onto the relevant member of staff.

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Take a look at our recommended schools trips to Italy.

If there is a location you’re particularly interested and don’t see it listed, please contact us and we can provide a quote for you. All of our tour itineraries can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.