School Trips to Italy

Land of pasta, pizza, grand piazzas, opera, Renaissance art and iconic architecture, Italy has a rich and vibrant culture that is all its own. 

This makes the country an ideal destination for an unforgettable school trip, particularly if your focus is language, art, architecture or even a tour of world class museums and monuments. Cities such as Rome or Florence are steeped in history yet still bristle with the life of a modern city. There is so much to do and see on a school tour to Italy, which makes effective planning all the more essential to get the most out of your visit. 

That’s exactly where we can help – NST have been organising school trips to Italy for both high school and primary school groups for over fifty years, providing incredible learning experiences for thousands of students and taking the hassle away from thousands of teachers. 

Take a look at our most popular options below, or feel free to get in touch for more information or free advice on our Italy school trips.

Browse our curriculum-linked school trips to Italy

Bay of Naples

The Bay of Naples 

A truly inspiring destination providing pupils with an excellent mix of cultural and historical visits. 

Learn more about our school trips to the Bay of Naples here.

 

Geography 

A geography field trip to the Bay of Naples provides a great opportunity to study key themes at GCSE and A-level, including tectonic processes, tourism, hazard management, coasts and industry.

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Cultural 

The Bay of Naples is a truly inspiring destination for a cultural school trip providing pupils with an excellent mix of cultural and historical visits. 

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Classics & Ancient History 

Our tailor-made Bay of Naples itineraries provide classics school trip pupils with a real insight into life in Roman times.

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Florence 

Florence 

A cultural school trip to Florence will leave your pupils feeling amazed by the vast array of impressive buildings, fascinating galleries and treasure crammed churches. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Florence school trips. 

Art & Design 

Home to approximately a third of the world’s most important works of art and with beautiful surroundings and bustling street scenes of Florentine life, an art & design study tour to Florence offers ideal sketching and photography opportunities.

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Italian Language

With a wealth of educational visits to choose from and numerous opportunities for language practice, a study tour to Florence will leave your group with a lasting impression of Italian heritage and culture.

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Design & Technology 

Students will have the opportunity to visit museums dedicated to these super brands including the Ducati Motorcycle Factory on a design & technology school trip to Florence.   

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Lake Garda 

Lake Garda 

Music Tours

Lake Garda is the perfect place to enjoy a school band tour. This, the largest lake in Italy, offers a wide variety of performance options from world-renowned churches and castle courtyards to town squares and hotels.

Learn more about our music tours to Lake Garda here

Find more information about our school trips to Lake Garda here

 

Rome 

Rome 

Combining its classical heritage with the trappings of a modern city, Rome is a fascinating destination to visit. 

You can find more information on each trip we offer below, or visit our page about Rome school trips. 

 

History 

A history trip to Rome will allow A level students studying Italy in the inter-war period to get a sense of how Mussolini aimed to make Fascism appear modern and powerful whilst simultaneously linking his regime to the ancient glories of the Roman Empire. 

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Art & Design 

Home to famous museums including the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, an art and design study tour to Rome is certain to inspire your pupils.

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Music 

A concert tour to the stunning ancient city of Rome, offers music groups the opportunity to perform in wonderful venues and settings whilst absorbing the fascinating history of Rome and Italy. 

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Cultural 

Combining its classical heritage with the trappings of a modern city, Rome is a fascinating year round cultural trip destination to visit. 

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Classics & Ancient History 

Only by visiting Rome can you really understand both the splendour and decadence of the city in Roman times. Our single-centre Rome school trips are tailor-made and will evoke images of spectacular triumphs, gladiatorial combat and passionate senatorial debate.

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Religious Studies 

Discover the delights of this ‘Eternal City’ during a religious studies school trip, attend events such as the weekly Papal group audience on Wednesdays or the Sunday Papal Blessing in St Peter’s Square.

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Italian Language 

Sufficiently compact to accommodate walking tours while its extensive and excellent metro system also affords easy access to the superb range of Italian language school visits. 

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Sicily 

Sicily 

The largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily’s rich cultural heritage and volcanic landscape make it a fascinating school trip for students of all ages, particularly those studying geography or classical history. 

Learn more about our school trips to Sicily here.

You can find more information on each trip we offer below:

Geography 

This island offers superb geography school trip visits including Mount Etna which provides an excellent case study to expand upon back in the classroom.

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Classics & Ancient History 

Our tailor-made itineraries, supported by an accompanying courier, will allow classics school trip pupils to compare the lifestyles and architectural styles of each of these civilisations. 

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Tuscany 

Tuscany 

Music Tours

The region’s many impressive buildings, churches and basilicas also make it a fantastic destination for music school tours.

Our music groups are usually based in Montecatini Terme with Florence, Pisa, Siena and Lucca all within easy reach offering excellent concert venues and performance opportunities for all types of school band trips, whether choral or instrumental.

Learn more about our music tours here

Find more information about our school trips to Tuscany here

 

Venice & Lido di Jesolo

Venice & Lido di Jesolo

A school trip to this fascinating destination is certain to leave your group feeling inspired. During your study tour here, your pupils will see traditional works of art, stunning Venetian architecture, and will leave inspired by the sheer magic of the city.

Learn more about our tours to Venice & Lido di Jesolo here.

You can find more information on each trip we offer below:

Music 

The city offers culture, superb concert venues and warm and enthusiastic audiences, perfect for your school music tour. The variety of sightseeing opportunities means days are filled with both educational and fun activities. 

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Art & Design 

During your art & design study tour in Venice, your pupils will see traditional works of art, stunning Venetian architecture, and will leave inspired by the range of educational visits on offer.

Learn more here


Experience the culture of Italy in our 2-minute video

Italy school trip experts

Hundreds of groups travel with NST to Italy every year, and members of our team regularly visit the Bay of Naples, Rome, Florence, Venice, Lake Garda, Tuscany and Sicily to really get to know the ins-and-outs of the area, from logistics and visits to our range of student-friendly accommodation.

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their knowledge to create an itinerary that’s tailor-made, perfectly timed and meets your exact school travel needs.

They’ll be able to share their first-hand experience, suggest options you might not have considered and give you insight into the feedback other teachers have given us too.

There’s a lot to contend with when travelling abroad, and many teachers find the service of NST’s Representatives in Rome invaluable. We can arrange for your representative to meet you on arrival, assist you with hotel check-in, advise on points of interest and public transport and provide your group with 24 hour emergency assistance. With NST, you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be on your own on your school tour.

They’ll also be happy to discuss your programme of visits, offer an insight into your destination and suggest popular evening activities too.

Planning your first school trip?

If you're planning your first school trip, our essential guide will take you through each step of the process.

 

  • Choosing your destination
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head
  • Promoting your tour in school
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment)
  • Quick reference timeline
  • Pre-tour checklist

Additional support, resources & information:

Tour planning service

Tour planning service

With NST, you’ll get your own dedicated, knowledgeable Tour Co-ordinator who’ll work with you from start to finish. You’ll benefit from their unrivalled destination knowledge, and their experience gained from working with many other groups too. They’ll tailor-make your itinerary from scratch and take care of everything for you:

  • Pulling together an itinerary that runs smoothly
  • Planning the right balance of visits every day with realistic timings
  • Pre-arranging and pre-booking your visits, entrance tickets, passes and meals


You’ll receive your final itinerary a full 4-weeks before you travel too.

FREE school trip promotion pack

FREE school trip promotion pack

We’ll support you and provide everything you need to advertise your school trip around school and to parents. Our free school trip promotion pack consists of:

  • Parents’ letter & permission slip template for you to complete
  • A3 posters to promote your trip around school
  • PowerPoint presentation templates which you can tailor to your own needs
  • Parents’ leaflets covering how NST manage safety, financial protection and details of our travel insurance
  • Online parents’ video which showcases the benefits of taking a school trip


For selected destinations, we’ll provide a trip launch web page using video footage and imagery. This web page is provided by a weblink and can be shared with pupils and parents in many ways.

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment support including preview visits

Risk assessment plays a vitally important part in the planning and organisation on any school tour.

Our risk assessment guide aims to help you understand more about your obligations and how you can more effectively manage group safety on your next educational visit and provide you with risk assessments for your trip.

Planning first school trip

Planning first school trip

Organising your first school trip can appear to be a daunting process.  If you're planning your first school trip, our guide will help to take you through each step of the planning process, answering frequently asked questions and providing tips and support along the way.  Our helpful guide covers the following: 

  • Choosing your destination 
  • Gaining approval from your Local Authority and/or your Head 
  • Promoting your tour in school 
  • Confirming your booking
  • Tailor-make your tour
  • Completing your risk assessments (including a sample risk assessment) 
  • Quick reference timeline 
  • Pre-tour checklist 


View our essential guide to a successful school trip here

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Get live updates on your group's tour location

Locate My Trip uses GPS technology and is the easy, convenient way for your school to follow your location whilst on tour. Specifically designed to provide reassurance to both parents and teachers, NST will know where your group are 24/7. If your schedule needs to change, we’ll put plans in place to keep your tour on track. 

With Locate My Trip your group can also share photos and videos with the school and parents, via a secure link, to keep them updated on your experience whilst you’re away.

Watch our short Locate My Trip video here.

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Your online school trip organiser - My Tour Manager

Save time and stay on track with your school trip admin with our online orgnaniser - designed to help busy teachers like you. 

With My Tour Manager, you'll be able to download FREE resources and access trip paperwork online and in one place. Your personalised checklist details what you need to do and by when, plus you'll receive fortnightly reminders too. 

What's more, you can take all your trip documents on the go whilst on your tour with our app, My Tour Manager-On-the-Go. 

Find out more and watch out short My Tour Manager video here

Free classroom resources

Free classroom resources

We've created a range of free resources and educational posters to brighten up your classroom! 

Take a look at our downloadable posters here

Brexit & your school trip

Brexit & your school trip

How will Brexit affect my school trip?

While the political situation remains uncertain, ABTA has identified actions travellers may wish to take in advance to help avoid unnecessary future disruption.

This information only covers areas where travellers can take reasonable action or put plans into place now. Areas where the situation is still unclear are not included, but the information will be updated once clarified.

Click here for a summary of the latest advice from ABTA, more information can be found here.

If you're travelling with NST and have any specfic questions. please contact your Educational Travel Advisor.

Why choose NST...

Here's why thousands of teachers choose NST each year...

  • Unrivalled knowledge

Your dedicated Tour Co-ordinator will use their unrivalled local knowledge and expertise of Italy to create a tailor-made, curriculum-linked itinerary to meet your group’s exact needs.

  • Making it easier for you

With our online school trip organiser, travel app, free classroom posters and trip launch resources to support your in-school promotion.

  • Free group leader inspection visits

We offer a free inspection visit to your chosen destination to support your risk assessment planning. 

  • Value for money

We’re committed to bringing you the best possible value trips to help make every penny count.

  • More than 50 years’ experience

With over 50 years’ experience, with NST you can rest assured that your group is in safe hands.

  • Risk assessment guidance

Our risk assessment guidance will help you to manage group safety on your next educational trip.

  • Peace of mind

Your group’s location can be followed with our trip tracking device - Locate My Trip - plus you’ll have 24/7 support from us whilst you’re away.

  • Offsetting carbon emissions

For every trip taken, we'll plant a Maya nut tree in Peru to support reforestation, local communities & biodiversity. Plus, we'll offset an additional tonne of CO2 to guarantee carbon emission reductions. 

 

Looking for protection on your next school trip? 

Booking with a school travel company is the best way for you to protect parents’ money and give yourself peace of mind.  

 

Don’t forget – if your school arranges transport, accommodation and other services directly, you’ll be liable under the Package Travel Regulations – meaning you’ll have all the responsibilities of a travel company, both legal and financial. 

 

Financial protection from the moment you book

NST are fully bonded:

  • ABTA
  • ATOL
  • IATA

Managing safety on school trips

For your protection, NST's independently audited Safety Management System covers:

  • 24-hour emergency cover
  • Audited accommodation & transport
  • Excursions & school visit assessment
  • Group leader preview visits to assist with risk assessment planning

We're LOtC Council’s Quality Badge assured

The Department for Education advises schools to always look for the LOtC Quality Badge when choosing a school travel provider.