10 days
Venice region, Padua, Bologna, Florence
Developed in Italy, the Reggio Emilia approach to preschool and primary education has inspired countless teachers around the world. Learn more about its international influences when you visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, named for the philosophy’s creator. You’ll also connect with other passionate students and teachers during visits to local schools, and gain insight into how educational practices have changed over time when you visit the oldest university in the world. 
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Venice region • Padua

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Padua

  • Day 3: Padua

    Take a tour of Padua, a college town

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • Basilica di San Antonio, one of the eight international shrines
    • Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe

    Visit the University of Padua, whose notable alumni and faculty include Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei

  • Day 4: Padua • Bologna

    Travel to Bologna, well-known for its famous dish, spaghetti Bolognese

    Take a tour of Bologna

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza del Nettuno, which features a once-controversial statue of Neptune and the seductive sirens
    • Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna's beloved church which was the site of Charles V coronation 
    • Palazzo Comunale, Bologna’s 14th-century town hall

    Visit the University of Bologna, the oldest existing university in Europe founded in 1088

    Enjoy dinner in Bologna

  • Day 5: Bologna

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to learn how the Italian educational system has changed over the years, and see how it has influenced our own

    Visit a local school in Bologna to learn how the city’s culture impacts its educational practices—and vice versa

  • Day 6: Bologna

    Visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, a famous meeting place known for its dedication to improving education through creativity, innovation, and experimentation

  • Day 7: Bologna • Florence

    Enjoy a cultural food activity to learn Bologna’s culinary practices first-hand 

    Travel to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian language, opera, and the Renaissance 

  • Day 8: Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria, which is lined with classic statues
    • Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans still keep shop 
    • Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and others are buried 
    • Gates of Paradise, bronzed doors that depict scenes from the Old Testament and are considered an icon of the Renaissance 
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tuscan cooking class & dinner

    Tuscan cooking class & dinner

    Try your hand at local cooking practices in a Tuscan cooking class, followed by dinner.

  • Day 9: Florence

    Industry Engagement: Learn more about classroom lesson plans and activities as you meet with a local teacher and discuss what a career in education looks like in Italy

    Visit a local school in Florence and learn how its culture and history impacts its educational practices

    Spend a half day exploring Florence on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Venice region • Padua

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy dinner in Padua

  • Day 3: Padua

    Take a tour of Padua, a college town

    With your expert local guide you will see: 

    • Basilica di San Antonio, one of the eight international shrines
    • Prato della Valle, the biggest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe

    Visit the University of Padua, whose notable alumni and faculty include Nicolaus Copernicus and Galileo Galilei

  • Day 4: Padua • Bologna

    Travel to Bologna, well-known for its famous dish, spaghetti Bolognese

    Take a tour of Bologna

    With an expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza del Nettuno, which features a once-controversial statue of Neptune and the seductive sirens
    • Basilica di San Petronio, Bologna's beloved church which was the site of Charles V coronation 
    • Palazzo Comunale, Bologna’s 14th-century town hall

    Visit the University of Bologna, the oldest existing university in Europe founded in 1088

    Enjoy dinner in Bologna

  • Day 5: Bologna

    Industry Engagement: Attend a lecture to learn how the Italian educational system has changed over the years, and see how it has influenced our own

    Visit a local school in Bologna to learn how the city’s culture impacts its educational practices—and vice versa

  • Day 6: Bologna

    Visit the Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, a famous meeting place known for its dedication to improving education through creativity, innovation, and experimentation

  • Day 7: Bologna • Florence

    Enjoy a cultural food activity to learn Bologna’s culinary practices first-hand 

    Travel to Florence, the birthplace of the Italian language, opera, and the Renaissance 

  • Day 8: Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria, which is lined with classic statues
    • Ponte Vecchio, a medieval bridge where many of Florence’s famed leather and gold artisans still keep shop 
    • Basilica of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo and others are buried 
    • Gates of Paradise, bronzed doors that depict scenes from the Old Testament and are considered an icon of the Renaissance 
    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Tuscan cooking class & dinner

    Tuscan cooking class & dinner

    Try your hand at local cooking practices in a Tuscan cooking class, followed by dinner.

  • Day 9: Florence

    Industry Engagement: Learn more about classroom lesson plans and activities as you meet with a local teacher and discuss what a career in education looks like in Italy

    Visit a local school in Florence and learn how its culture and history impacts its educational practices

    Spend a half day exploring Florence on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 10: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


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Early & Elementary Education in Italy
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INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE

My tour director was phenomenal at her job and made this experience so much better than I had even dreamed! I would definitely sign up again! ...
srj79 / Student traveler
San Antonio, TX / Posted on June 03, 2018

Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare and transportation

    Round-trip airfare and transportation while abroad—covered. We take care of getting you around so you can enjoy the ride.

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end Support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your expert Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $15 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible Payment Options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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