School trips to Italy are always a popular choice with teachers and students. Not only does this vibrant European country offer a fantastic range of educational experiences, but it also offers the opportunity to enjoy them under the Mediterranean sun.

A school trip to Italy can work well for a number of subjects, including art, classical studies, maths, food technology, religious studies, geography and, of course, the Italian language.

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Why choose a school trip to Italy?

1. For the rich history & culture

Along with Greece, Italy is considered one of the cradles of Western civilisation and is widely recognised as a cultural superpower. The Roman Empire, the Roman Catholic Church and the Renaissance all began here and continue to have a major influence over much of modern society.

It’s no surprise, then, that Italy is such a popular destination for an educational tour. Art students, for example, will love the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous works in the museums and galleries of Florence, Rome and Venice.

Meanwhile, there's almost too much to pack into a history trip. From famous ancient ruins to the Vatican City, Italy has more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. 

Plus, our bespoke school trips to Italy are the perfect opportunity for language groups to sharpen speaking, listening and reading skills in a real-life setting, all while soaking up the unique culture on offer.

2. For the spectacular landscapes

Italy boasts an incredible variety of spectacular landscapes, from Alpine mountains and lakes to the volcanoes of Campania and Sicily.

The opportunity to visit the Campanian volcanic arc, which includes Mount Vesuvius and the Phlegraean Fields, makes educational trips to the Bay of Naples an excellent choice for those interested in physical geography. Your students will see the dangers of living in the shadow of an active volcano, while also discovering some of the benefits.

Students can also visit Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, including its two active volcanoes – Mount Etna and Stromboli - for a practical learning experience.

3. For the unbelievable food

Italy is famous for its cuisine so, of course, it’s a fantastic destination for a food technology group, especially if you want to show your students the importance of using good produce. That’s because many Italian dishes are actually quite simple and are created from only a handful of ingredients – meaning the quality of the dish relies on the quality of those ingredients.

If food is the main focus then most school trips to Italy will opt to base themselves in Naples and Sorrento. The fertile land around Vesuvius means the produce here is unbelievable. Moreover, in Naples, your students will discover that a traditional Neopolitan pizza is a much simpler affair than the pizzas we’re used to in the UK, but with a superior taste.

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Take a look at our range of Italy school trips below, and then get in touch with one of our tour advisers to discuss your requirements.

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Where to visit in Italy

School Trips to Florence

A trip to Florence offers your students the opportunity to explore a city with an incredibly rich cultural heritage!

Florence is very popular among art, Italian language and maths school groups. Florence was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and your students will love exploring the rich culture that developed here during that period.

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School Trips to Naples and Sorrento

Trips to Naples and Sorrento offer students the exciting opportunity to explore Southern Italy.

Ideal for geography, Italian, food technology or classical studies, Naples and Sorrento offers a wide variety of educational experiences. A highlight for many will be the opportunity to visit Pompeii or Herculaneum, to walk the streets of Roman towns buried by the ash of Mt. Vesuvius.

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School Trips to Rome

Trips to Rome are a fantastic option for a number of subjects, including religious studies, classical studies, art and Italian.

Your students will be able to learn about the Roman Empire and the power of the Catholic Church throughout history. They can also discover some of the most incredible art, as well as get to the heart of modern Italy.

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School Trips to Sicily

A trip to Sicily offers students the opportunity to explore this fascinating, historic Italian island.

Sicily is most popular with geography groups who come to the island to explore Mount Etna, Stromboli and the Alcantara Gorges. The largest island in the Mediterranean and on the edge of the African continental plate, there's plenty here to inspire your young geographers!

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School Trips to Venice and Lido di Jesolo

A trip to Venice and Lido di Jesolo offers your students the chance to explore Italy's incredible floating city.

Venice and Lido di Jesolo are most popular with art and Italian language students. This is the perfect place to explore the country's art and culture, as Venice was an important and wealthy maritime republic and cultural centre for over 1,100 years.

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Activities and excursions in Italy that your school group will love

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre)

Echoing the giant stadiums of today, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built by the Romans.… Read More

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel

The world's smallest state manages to play host to one of the finest art galleries.… Read More

Pizza Experience

Pizza Experience

Give your students the opportunity to learn how to make a true Neapolitan pizza!… Read More

Vesuvius National Park

Vesuvius National Park

The volcano whose eruption destroyed Pompeii, the menacing presence of Vesuvius can be seen from anywhere in the Bay of Naples.… Read More

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

Archaeological Site of Pompeii

The small Italian town of Pompeii entered the history book in AD79 when it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption.… Read More

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Coast

The world famous Amalfi Coast is a geographical wonderland, with an incredible beauty at every turn.… Read More

Doge's Palace

Doge's Palace

The Palazzo Ducale was built in the 9th century as a public palace and was the residence of the Doge.… Read More

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

The Grand Canal is the main aquatic thoroughfare in central Venice. The S-shaped waterway follows an ancient riverbed… Read More

Uffizi Gallery

Uffizi Gallery

Florence's finest art gallery grew out of the private collection of the city's ruling de' Medici dynasty… Read More

Why choose Halsbury?

Here are just a few reasons why teachers choose Halsbury for educational school trips that inspire.

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and are here to make the process of running your school trip as easy as possible.

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School trips tailored to your curriculum

We'll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure your school trip is a truly educational experience.

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Health & safety prioritised

As a proud Assured Member of the School Travel Forum, the health and safety of your group is always our priority.

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Support every step of the way

We'll be with you every step of the way, from your very first enquiry until the moment you return home, including 24-hour support while you’re on your school trip.

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Financially secure school trips

We're ABTA bonded and all our air tours are ATOL protected, so you can be sure that your school trip is financially secure.

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Rewarding loyalty scheme

You'll earn loyalty points from your very first school trip with Halsbury. These can be used towards a discount on your school trip or a free gift for your school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, absolutely. The destinations listed on our website are only a sample of the different trips we can offer. If you have another destination in mind, simply fill out our enquiry form with all your requirements and one of our Tour Advisers will be in touch with a tailor-made quote.

Yes, all of our trips include comprehensive travel insurance, which now includes Covid cover. This group travel insurance covers individuals needing to drop out of the trip in the following circumstances:

  • Because a Qualified Medical Practitioner has diagnosed them as positive for Covid-19 within up to 14 days of departure.
  • Because they have been hospitalised due to Covid-19 within up to 28 days of departure.
  • Because they have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test & Trace for a period of time that prevents them from taking part in the trip.

The insurance also covers reasonable additional costs of accommodation and flights should an individual contract Covid-19 and have to self-isolate while abroad.

And the policy also covers reasonable additional costs to account for a family member to come across or a group leader/teacher to stay with the individual.

Please contact us for details.

Italy is a fantastic year-round destination for a school trip. That said, it can sometimes be too hot in the peak of summer, so if you want warm, sunny days and smaller crowds at tourist attractions, late spring and autumn are great times to visit.

Every trip we organise is unique and your itinerary manager will work with you to understand your curriculum and adapt the itinerary to suit your learning objectives. The itineraries featured on our website are just a sample of what's achievable within a given timeframe. The trip duration and the activities and excursions can be tailored to your needs and budget.

As a general rule, we recommend that you start planning your next school trip 12-18 months before your travel date. This gives you plenty of time to get sign-off from senior leadership and to launch your trip in school to students and parents. Planning early will also mean you have a greater choice of accommodation and travel options.

If you start planning your trip later, don't worry. It is definitely possible to plan a trip in a shorter amount of time. We're here to support you and we have a selection of templates and useful guides to guide you through the process.

You can see examples of the types of accommodation we have available in different destinations on the sample trip pages linked above.

All of our accommodation partners have been chosen based on their suitability for school groups. As a member of the School Travel Forum (STF), you can be certain that all accommodation contracted by us complies with local legislation with respect to fire and general safety, is contracted by trained Halsbury Travel staff or reputable agents, receives a standard audit and risk assessment prior to use by Halsbury Travel and receives a supplementary audit if it is used on five or more occasions in a year.

Your Tour Adviser will discuss your accommodation preferences with you when putting together your tailor-made quote and will assist you in choosing the best accommodation for your budget and requirements.

The Halsbury Difference

School trips designed by teachers for teachers

Originally founded by teachers in 1986 and with several former teachers in our team, we understand the pressures on you as Group Leader and work hard to relieve them.

Trips tailored to your curriculum and learning objectives

We’ll design your trip around your specific learning objectives and curriculum, to ensure it meets your particular requirements.

Rewarding loyalty scheme

Work together with other teachers in your school to save thousands of pounds on future school trips with our multi-trip loyalty scheme!