**Excursions may not be available for all programs and sessions. Some excursions may be optional and will cost an additional fee.**​

 

Cultural Activities in Rome

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Rome. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Rome special.

These activities vary each term, and previous offerings have included cooking lessons, guided tours of the Capitoline Museums, a visit to a gelato factory, guided tours of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill, and a walking tour of the famous fountains in the city.

Florence & The Chianti Region

Explore the "Cradle of the Renaissance," taking guided tours of art museums, views of the Ponte Vecchio, and wandering through the central square to marvel at Brunelleschi's towering Duomo and Ghiberti's golden Gates of Paradise. Spend the afternoon walking through the bustling San Lorenzo market where you can find everything from pasta and vegetables to purses, belts, and shoes. Continue on to the Chianti region and tour a vineyard, sampling world famous Italian wines. Enjoy the picturesque views of the valleys and surrounding hillsides that stretch out into the distance.
 

Hilltowns of Central Italy

Spend the day soaking up the classic rolling hills of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. While exploring the well-preserved medieval towns and surrounding vineyards that dot the hillsides, you’ll experience the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Here the landscape is defined by giant sunflowers and hay bales, and the towns produce some of the world’s best wine. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val'Dorcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.
 

Sorrento, Capri & Pompeii

Discover Southern Italy's treasures in the Bay of Naples! First, you’ll head to Sorrento for an overnight stay, famous for its limoncello liqueur and astounding view of Mt. Vesuvius. Then, you’ll spend the day on the sunny island of Capri. Once on the island, you can tour the famous Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro, and the quaint village of Anacapri. Finally, you’ll visit the ancient city of Pompeii, infamously buried in ash by Mt. Vesuvius. Everything here is meticulously preserved by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD.