Experience the World with the Head of School - Italy Trip Application

June 2024
Trip Leaders: Chris Fortunato, additional faculty TBD

What's included in the tour

  • Round-trip airfare to and from tour
  • On-tour transportation
  • Quality hotel accommodations
  • A 24-hour tour director and local, licensed guide
  • Guided tours and activities
  • Educational Itinerary
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (daily)
  • 24/7 emergency assistance

Trip cost

The cost of the trip is $5,700. Thayer Academy may offer limited financial assistance toward the cost of the trip to those students who apply.

Application and travel documents

Open to students in grades 9 - 11.

Each student’s application will be given a fair and thorough consideration before the selection committees. Criteria for selection will include: general citizenship; academic and disciplinary standing; seriousness of purpose for the trip; and if appropriate, dedication to the study of language, culture, and community service experience. Please note that any past disciplinary issues could affect your placement on the trip.

Communication regarding payment dates, vaccinations, and forms necessary to travel will come from the trip chaperones. 

Note: The student's passport must be valid for six (6) months after the return date of the trip.


Chris Fortunato

Chris Fortunato

Head of School
Itinerary (Tentative): June 2024
Day 1

Overnight travel to Milan

Day 2

Meet tour director at the airport and travel to Venice

Day 3

Take ferry to Venice

  • Explore St. Mark's Square
  • Travel down the Grand Canal
  • Head to the island of Burano by water taxi to see a glass-blowing demonstration
  • Enjoy a gondola ride
Day 4-5

Travel to Florence

  • See the Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, Basilica of Santa Croce, and Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise
  • Explore Florence and tour the town
Day 6

Travel via Assisi to Rome

  • Visit the Basilica of St. Francis and tour the town 
Day 7
  • Travel via Pompeii to Sorrento
  • Tour the ruins of Pompeii with an expert local guide

Day 8

  • Explore Sorrento/Capri
  • Travel to Rome
Day 9
  • Tour the Roman Forum and Colosseum
  • On a self-guided walking tour of Rome, see the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, and the Spanish Steps
Day 10 Return home