Day 1: April 23, 2023
Tre, due, uno – let’s go! Grab your bags and don your finest sweatpants as you head to Toronto Pearson International Airport to board your flight to the fashion capital that is Milan, Italy! Sit back, relax, and try to catch a few winks before the week ahead.
Day 2: April 24, 2023 – Milan
Buongiorno Milano! Wipe the sleep from your eyes and pinch yourself because it’s not a dream, you’re in Italy! Upon arrival, we are met by our in-country tour manager who will help us board our bus as we head into the city for a walking tour!
This evening, we come together as a group to enjoy a welcome dinner. After dinner, enjoy a free evening to check out additional sites or maybe treat ourselves to some post dinner gelato. Yum!
- Walking tour of Milan
- Welcome dinner
Day 3: April 25, 2023 – Milan
Wake up feeling rested, energetic, and excited to seize the amazing day ahead! April 25th marks the anniversary of Italy’s liberation and is a public holiday. The significance of Liberation Day is that it is the anniversary of the liberation of Italy from the fascist regime and the Nazi occupation on the 25th of April 1945. We will enjoy much of our day at our leisure, hopefully with the opportunity to take in some commemoration events.
- Time at leisure
- Activity TBD
Day 4: April 26, 2023 – Brescia
Rise and shine! This morning we wave goodbye to Milan and make our way to Brescia to enjoy a lecture on Tourism and Hospitality in Italy with our academic partners at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore’s Brescia campus! What better place to learn more about tourism and hospitality than in one of the world’s most visited countries.
This afternoon, we travel to Italy’s largest lake, Lake Garda, and gaze at the crystal-clear waters. There is so much to see and do in this area it is impossible to do it all in just one afternoon! From the ruins of a Roman Villa to an ancient fortress dating back to the 12th century, or a medieval castle, this will be an afternoon that will not disappoint.
After our visit in Lake Garda is complete, we will transfer to Piacenza where we will spend the next 2 nights and prepare for more engaging sessions with Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore at their Piacenza campus.
- Lecture on Hospitality and Tourism at Brescia Campus
- Visit to Lake Garda
- Transfer to Piacenza
Day 5: April 27, 2023 – Piacenza
Today we continue our “in the life of an Italian student” experience and travel to the Piacenza campus to partake in more amazing educational sessions. We get to dive further into gastronomy and viticulture as the topics of today’s educational sessions. These are absolutely two topics of conversation that go very well together. What is wine without cheese? With wine having been made in Italy for at least 4,000 years now, we are definitely learning from the experts!
This afternoon’s activity is still in a very exciting planning stage and details will be released at a later date.
- AM lecture on Gastronomy, Viticulture
- PM activity TBD
Day 6: April 28, 2023 – Piacenza
This morning, we travel back to the Piacenza campus one final time for our last educational session with our partners at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Our time spent with them has been incredible, and very informative, but it’s time to say arrivederci and make our way to beautiful Renaissance city of Florence.
As we are in the Lombardy region, no visit to this area would be complete without stopping at the Ferrari Museum enroute to Florence to learn more about the icon that is Enzo Ferrari. Known as the birthplace of a legend, the Museo Enzo Ferrari Modena is not just a museum, but rather an exhilarating experience. The museum is set in a 2,500 square metre plus pavilion that is futuristic in appearance and tells the magical story of Enzo Ferrari’s nine decades and the triumphs they brought.
Upon arrival in Florence, enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
- Final educational session at Piacenza campus
- Visit Ferrari Museum
- Transfer to Florence
Day 7: April 29, 2023 – Florence
This morning, we wake up in the heart of the historical centre of the Renaissance era – Florence! Better known as Firenze to the locals, and often referred to as a ‘walking museum’, we strap on our comfiest shoes, and we hit the streets for a walking tour. With your camera in hand, snap some incredible pics of Giotto’s Bell Tower, Basilica Santa Croce, and Piazza della Signoria. We will also see for ourselves why the Duomo is one of the world’s most remarkable architectural feats! Don’t forgot to take a moment away from your camera to simply take a moment to enjoy the beauty of it all.
Day 8: April 30, 2023 – Rome
We continue our journey down the boot this morning as we check out of our Florence digs and head to the world renown eternal city – Rome. There is a saying that goes “when in Rome, do as the Roman’s do” and that is just what we have in store! Once known as the “capital of the world”, this richly historic, passionate, and elegant city will steal our hearts as soon as we arrive. On arrival in Rome, we will enjoy an orientation to get quickly acquainted with this breathtaking city.
- Transfer to Rome
- City tour of Rome
Day 9: May 1, 2023 – Rome
Our final day in Italy is an action packed one! Today, we visit the Vatican, see the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica and marvel at the incredible works by Michelangelo. We also see the ancient side to Rome and pay our tributes to the brave gladiators who fought for supremacy during our visit at the infamous Colosseum.
Enjoy a bit of free time this afternoon before we come back together as a group to bid our farewells to the amazing Italy by enjoying a farewell cooking class for dinner.
- Vatican, Sistine Chapel & St Peters visit
- Visit the Colosseum
Day 10: May 2, 2023
And that’s a wrap! The moon hit our eyes like a big pizza pie, it was all simply amore!
Disclaimers: Be World Ready does their best to execute the itinerary as outlined above, however all elements are subject to change based on availability or requirement to adapt due to circumstances outside of our control. Cost of the overall experience may fluctuate up to a maximum of $200.00 +/- CAD due to volume of participants and local exchange rate. Students will be informed in writing as early as possible if it is foreseen that the cost will increase. Students are also reminded that it is their responsibility to research the entry requirements to the destination countries visited per their nationality and vaccination status.
* Price per student is in Canadian Dollars and reflects the Be World Ready (BWR) grant which has been applied to the total trip cost to heavily subsidize the rate per person for our Spring 2023 International Field Studies (IFS). Our future IFS BWR grants will not remain this high. To qualify for the full value of the BWR grant applied to this IFS, mandatory training and tasks are required to be completed, training and task expectations will be clearly communicated by BWR staff upon registration. Failure to complete the requirements as outlined by BWR staff will result in the value of the grant being billed back to the applicable student account, up to a maximum of $2500. Securing your seat on this trip will occur on a first come, first serve basis based on registration date, and meeting payment timelines.