10 or 12 days
Venice, Florence, Assisi, Sorrento, Rome

The Grand Tour of Italy is exactly that. Grand.

From Venice’s endless canals to each Roman piazza, Italy has no shortage of awe-inspiring sights. You’ll see Doge’s Palace pale façade change color at sunset, stroll over the Bridge of Sighs and explore the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum on this show stopping tour of Italian culture.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Venice

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 3: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

    • St. Mark's Square
    • St. Mark's Campanile
    • Grand Canal

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop

    Spend a half day exploring Venice on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gondola ride

    Gondola ride

    Enjoy the ultimate Venetian experience—a gondola ride through the city's famed canals, passing by enchanting waterfront homes and under historic pedestrian bridges. 

  • Day 4: Venice • Florence

    Travel to Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Basilica of Santa Croce
    • Gates of Paradise

    Visit the Duomo

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 5: Florence

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Pisa

    Pisa

    Journey to Pisa on this half-day excursion. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s Field of Miracles, where you can snap a picture of the 12th-century Leaning Tower, aslant ever since the third floor was built. This is where Galileo was said to have developed his laws of gravity. Also, visit the adjacent cathedral and baptistery, which contain exquisite marble pulpits carved in the Gothic style by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

  • Day 6: Florence • Assisi

    Travel to Assisi

    Tour Assisi with an expert local guide

    Visit the Basilica of St. Francis

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in Assisi

  • Day 7: Assisi • Pompeii • Sorrento Region

    Travel via Pompeii to the Sorrento Region

    Tour the Roman ruins of Pompeii with an expert local guide 

    Snap a photo of seaside Sorrento

    Enjoy dinner in Sorrento

  • Day 8: Sorrento • Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Capri

    Capri

    The coastal beauty of this rocky island has been luring vacationing travelers for over two thousand years; know where to look, and you can even find the ruins of Imperial Roman villas. As Caesar did, you’ll experience the full charm of this island by both land and sea. Cruise across the Bay of Naples toward the pale blue shores of Capri, and search the harbor for the perfect place to explore once you’ve docked.

    Travel to Rome
  • Day 9: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel
    • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum
    • Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps

    Enjoy a pizza dinner in Rome

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Rome

    Take a walking tour of Trastevere and Janiculum

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Theatre of Marcellus
    • Jewish Ghetto in Rome
    • Tiberino Island

    Tour the Roman Catacombs with an expert local guide

    Visit Saint Paul's Outside the Walls

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Fraschette Dinner in Ariccia

    Fraschette Dinner in Ariccia

    The tradition of the fraschette goes back to the medieval—and possibly even ancient—times of Rome, and were basically pit stops full of wine for people traveling from the countryside to the capital. They have remained nearly unchanged in their rustic and hospitable nature, but today patrons are also treated to generous servings of artisanal cheeses, olives and thick cuts of savory porchetta—whose buttery fame has spread as far as Brooklyn but originates right here in Ariccia.
  • Day 11: Rome

    Tour Ostia Antica with an expert local guide

    Spend a half day exploring Rome on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Rome

  • Day 12: Depart for home

Want to learn more about this program?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Italy

  • Day 2: Venice

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Enjoy a pasta dinner in Venice

  • Day 3: Venice

    Take a guided tour of Venice

    With your local expert guide you will see:

    • St. Mark's Square
    • St. Mark's Campanile
    • Grand Canal

    Visit the Doge's Palace

    Learn about glass-blowing in a local craftsman's shop

    Spend a half day exploring Venice on your own

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Gondola ride

    Gondola ride

    Enjoy the ultimate Venetian experience—a gondola ride through the city's famed canals, passing by enchanting waterfront homes and under historic pedestrian bridges. 

  • Day 4: Venice • Florence

    Travel to Florence

    Take a guided tour of Florence

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Piazza della Signoria
    • Ponte Vecchio
    • Basilica of Santa Croce
    • Gates of Paradise

    Visit the Duomo

    Enjoy dinner in Florence

  • Day 5: Florence

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Pisa

    Pisa

    Journey to Pisa on this half-day excursion. Enjoy a guided tour of the city’s Field of Miracles, where you can snap a picture of the 12th-century Leaning Tower, aslant ever since the third floor was built. This is where Galileo was said to have developed his laws of gravity. Also, visit the adjacent cathedral and baptistery, which contain exquisite marble pulpits carved in the Gothic style by Nicola and Giovanni Pisano.

  • Day 6: Florence • Assisi

    Travel to Assisi

    Tour Assisi with an expert local guide

    Visit the Basilica of St. Francis

    Enjoy dinner at your hotel in Assisi

  • Day 7: Assisi • Pompeii • Sorrento Region

    Travel via Pompeii to the Sorrento Region

    Tour the Roman ruins of Pompeii with an expert local guide 

    Snap a photo of seaside Sorrento

    Enjoy dinner in Sorrento

  • Day 8: Sorrento • Rome

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Capri

    Capri

    The coastal beauty of this rocky island has been luring vacationing travelers for over two thousand years; know where to look, and you can even find the ruins of Imperial Roman villas. As Caesar did, you’ll experience the full charm of this island by both land and sea. Cruise across the Bay of Naples toward the pale blue shores of Capri, and search the harbor for the perfect place to explore once you’ve docked.

    Travel to Rome
  • Day 9: Rome

    Take a guided tour of Vatican City

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Sistine Chapel
    • St. Peter’s Basilica

    Take a guided tour of Rome

    With your expert local guide you will visit:

    • Roman Forum
    • Colosseum

    Take a self-guided walking tour of Rome

    You will see:

    • Trevi Fountain
    • Pantheon
    • Piazza Navona
    • Spanish Steps

    Enjoy a pizza dinner in Rome

  • Day 10: Depart for home

Add more days

  • Day 10: Rome

    Take a walking tour of Trastevere and Janiculum

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Theatre of Marcellus
    • Jewish Ghetto in Rome
    • Tiberino Island

    Tour the Roman Catacombs with an expert local guide

    Visit Saint Paul's Outside the Walls

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Fraschette Dinner in Ariccia

    Fraschette Dinner in Ariccia

    The tradition of the fraschette goes back to the medieval—and possibly even ancient—times of Rome, and were basically pit stops full of wine for people traveling from the countryside to the capital. They have remained nearly unchanged in their rustic and hospitable nature, but today patrons are also treated to generous servings of artisanal cheeses, olives and thick cuts of savory porchetta—whose buttery fame has spread as far as Brooklyn but originates right here in Ariccia.
  • Day 11: Rome

    Tour Ostia Antica with an expert local guide

    Spend a half day exploring Rome on your own

    Enjoy dinner in Rome

  • Day 12: Depart for home

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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    8 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms; 10 with extension

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • 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.

  • Curriculum integration

    Your academic vision remains present wherever you travel. Tell us your ideal study abroad experience, and we'll help connect your curriculum to EF's extensive connections abroad.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your 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.

  • Entrances

    Doge’s Palace, Glass-blowing demonstration, Duomo, Basilica of St. Francis, Ruins of Pompeii, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, Colosseum, Roman Forum; with extension: Catacombs, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Ostia Antica

  • 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 $50 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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