Thanks to its beauty, dynamism, and history, Italy is a huge lure for study abroad, group travel, and art education tours. With Milan as a major international air hub, you can probably score travel deals and student airfares to and from Italy. There are plenty of youth hostels and cheap hotels in Italy. The magical city of Rome, Italy’s capital, has been dubbed the Eternal City of the Seven Hills and the Vatican. Traveling to Rome is like going back in time to the story of civilization and Christianity because each quarter of the city showcases ancient, medieval, Renaissance and Baroque historic sites. In Venice, get ready for a beautiful and relaxing walk in the world’s only pedestrian city. Venice was built on an archipelago of 118 islands, and is known as the “City of Bridges” (its islands are connected by more than 400 bridges). Pisa is home to the famous leaning tower, and is in the northwest coast of Italy in the gorgeous Tuscany region. Milan, as one of the world’s fashion and design capitals, is said to represent the “new” Italy because it is the most modern among Italian cities, yet it has kept most of its historic centers intact.
There are lots of fun things to do in Italy. Rome has a great energy and tons of historic sights to see. Always ask for student discounts on admission fees and tours. Buy a tourist pass for the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, Caracalla Baths, Catacombs and other sites. Marvel at the ancient Pantheon, think about the past in the Roman Forum, or climb to the top of the Fori Imperiali (fort) to get a fantastic view of the city. In Pisa the leaning tower is the largest and most famous sight: Torre Pendente, as it is called in Italian, is located in the Piazza dei Miracoli or Field of Miracles. The main attractions in Venice include stunning architecture, museums, art galleries, historic sites, and the numerous canals, especially the Grand Canal. In Milan be sure to visit the Duomo, one of Italy’s most beautiful cathedrals and an example of exquisite architecture. Bologna is considered by Italians to be Italy’s food capital. The city of Turin is often overlooked by tourists who flock to cities like Rome and Florence, but it is a pretty cool city, too. As the first capital of Italy, Turin has a lot of historic roots. Then in Sicily, make the most of your trip by taking a volcano trek! Many travel tours or adventure tours in Italy can arrange this trip for you, or you can hire a volcanologist and explore areas that may never have been seen before!