Exploring Italy with Our Day Trips while Studying Abroad

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When you study in Rome, you will constantly be surrounded by ancient ruins, beautiful churches, and stunning art. If you venture a little beyond Rome, you’ll also discover a wealth of cultural, natural, and culinary wonders.

Whether you want to taste delicious Tuscan wines or walk in the footsteps of ancient Romans, our day trips are an excellent chance to explore Italy’s rich heritage. While we are constantly rotating our day trip destinations and adding new ones, here is a look at just a few of the short trips you may enjoy during your stay.

Experience the Rich Culture of Montalcino When You Study Abroad in Italy

Tuscany is famous for its rolling hills, its history, and its delicious wines, and on a day trip to the town of Montalcino, you’ll get to experience all three. This medieval town is especially famous for its Brunello red wine. During your trip here, you’ll learn about how wine is made, and you will even get to taste some for yourself.

When visiting Montalcino, you’ll get to see how the town’s famous wines are made

When visiting Montalcino, you’ll get to see how the town’s famous wines are made

We’ll then take a tour of the nearby town of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sometimes called a Renaissance utopia, Pienza was built by Pope Pius II in the 15th century as a demonstration of the ideal Renaissance town. You’ll be surrounded by some of Italy’s finest Renaissance architecture while taking in stunning views of the surrounding Asso, Ombrone, and Arbia valleys.

Discover Enchanting Lazio with Our Day Trips to This Storied Region

Rome lies at the heart of the Lazio region, but there is far more to Lazio than Italy’s bustling capital city. In fact, Lazio is home to some of the country’s best natural wonders and most picturesque villages. When you study abroad in Italy, you’ll be able to choose from a number of day trips to Lazio.

The Lazio region is great for short day trips from Rome

The Lazio region is great for short day trips from Rome

For example, you can join us on a trip to the medieval Gardens of Ninfa, named by the New York Times one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. This is followed by a trip to the nearby hilltop town of Sermoneta, containing the well-preserved castle of Castello Caetani. Alternatively, if you want something more athletic, you can enjoy a day of sailing on Bracciano Lake, one of Italy’s largest, cleanest, and most scenic bodies of water.

Explore Ancient Roman History with a Bike Trip Along the Appian Way

In ancient Rome, all roads really did lead to Rome, and the oldest and most important of those roads was the Appian Way. The Appian Way was a feat of Roman engineering and allowed armies, goods, and people to move quickly across the empire. Much of it still survives to this day.

You can take a bike ride along the remaining section of the Appian Way, which extends from Rome close to our American university in Italy and southward into the Alban Hills. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time as you travel over the same stones that people like Julius Caesar and St. Peter once walked. Along the way, you’ll encounter ancient ruins, temples, and tombs of Roman nobility.

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