Explore the Must-Sees of Rome, Learn to Make Traditional Pasta, Sail the Mediterranean
About this Trip
Unparalleled beauty, fascinating history, and pizza... lots and lots of pizza
If there is only room for one country on your lifetime bucket list, Italy needs to be it! Oozing with culture and history, brimming with beautiful architecture and design, and boasting some of the most delicious food on the planet, you’ll see why we chose it as our first ever Bucket list Series destination.
You’ll spend time in Rome exploring some of the world-famous sites like the Fontana di Trevi, the Vatican, and the ancient Colosseum. You’ll even make a stop at the new Rome Temple visitors center.
Heading south to the Amalfi Coast, you’ll relax on the beach and take a private boat tour through the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean. You’ll wander through cobblestone streets, enjoy artisan pizza in quaint cafés, and eat gelato like it’s going out of style. Experience the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transport yourself back in history, as you explore the city of Pompeii which has been frozen in time for nearly 2000 years.
Youth & Parent Experiences
”My TFY experience helped me make changes in my life that will last forever. I learned to have an open mind and learn about other cultures and opportunities. The people that I met on that trip have become my lifelong friends. I learned so much about hard work, God’s love, and compassion. TFY will always have a part of my heart.Kennedy E.
”I had the privilege of sending two of my children on trips with TFY and highly recommend the program. Each trip stretched them, taught them to look outside themselves, and gave them a greater passion, and compassion, for the world and the people around them. I saw a greater maturity in both my children upon their returns. The trip leaders were all exceptional and I felt like my teens were safe, cared for, and inspired in every way.Amanda N.
”My TFY experience completely shifted my view of the world. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone as I experienced new adventures, people, and cultures. I was amazed by the kindness and gratitude of the people, and I was reminded that although we’re different in many ways, we’re all children of a loving Heavenly Father.Elena B.
”On each trip, you get the experience of the amazing social cause, but what makes TFY stand out is the cultural immersion. Getting to know the people of Tahiti grew my love of gratitude and kindness. Getting to know the people of Morocco grew my appreciation of Christlike love and religious devotion. Each trip I came back empowered and inspired to make a change in myself and in the world. These trips are so intricately planned out to maximize your time seeing the country, getting to know the people, fueling the spiritual aspect, and everything in between. TFY will forever be one of the best experiences of my life!!Avery P.
”I absolutely loved my TFY trip!! It really helped push me out of my comfort zone and meet a lot of amazing people. The experiences I had with the leaders and friends I made on our trip will be something I’ll cherish forever. And although the activities were so much fun, being able to know we were making an impact in even one person or animal's life was an even better feeling. It really changes your perspectives on the world God created for us and to gain more empathy for those from different lifestyles and cultures. I would ABSOLUTELY be going again if I could! :)Mimi G.
”My TFY trip gave me a new appreciation for the beauty of the world around me. The people I met, the places I saw, and the lessons I learned will stick with me for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful to have had this experience and would encourage anyone who is able to sign up!Laura N.
”Empathy. Courage. Gratitude. These are the hallmarks of TFY. We have sent both of our children on various TFY trips and they returned having grown in each of these ways. As parents, we could not ask for more! Additionally, the directors do an amazing job researching trips to ensure that kids have an immersive once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because of this, our teenagers have come home with new perspectives of the world and their ability to impact change. If your child is considering a trip with TFY, encourage them to go. It will change them in all the best ways!Meagan T.
Who Can Go On This Teen Trip?
All youth, ages 15-18, who commit to and follow the rules and safety standards of Travel For Youth can attend this trip.
Is Italy safe?
Yes! Safety is, by far, our number one priority when we choose any location for our trips. We are keenly aware of the intense trust that is placed in us to provide a safe and life-changing experience for your child. As parents of three children, we do not take that trust lightly. Because of this, we will never take your child to a place that we, as the founders, do not deem safe for our own small children, and that we have not PERSONALLY visited and vetted from top to bottom.
Italy is currently ranked as #32 of the world’s safest countries, with its safety rating higher than that of the United States. The most common types of crimes involving tourists are petty theft, pickpocketing, or scamming near busy tourist sights, which is why we train and instruct our participants and leaders on how to take extra precautions in these areas. Due to terrorist group activity in surrounding European countries, travelers to Italy are urged to exercise increased caution while traveling but no terrorist attacks targeting civilians or tourists have occurred in the last 50 years.
You can read more about our robust safety precautions here.
What is the food like?
There is a reason why almost every town in all of America hosts a pizza place! While our version of pizza kind of messes it up, Italy is proud to be the birthplace of the best pizza, pasta, paninis, and gelato in the world. If you don’t like cheese, fresh artisan breads, flavorful pastas, cool and creamy desserts then you might want to pack some crackers and fruit snacks in your luggage (wink, wink!).
Truly though, some tourists come to Italy just for the food, it’s that amazing! Italians are famous for being uber picky about their flavor and food quality and they insist upon using the freshest, locally grown and produced ingredients. If you are a foodie, you are going to love this trip.
Believe it or not, Italy is an easy place to travel if you are gluten-free or experience a dairy allergy. Most restaurants will have gluten-free options available and dairy allergies can also be accommodated.
What are the housing accommodations going to be?
Again, safety is our number one priority. When we consider new locations, we personally go beforehand and scout out the safest, highest quality housing and neighborhoods available. We never stay in hostels and we personally go and vet every accommodation for cleanliness, location, safety, and privacy.
In order to provide a more immersive cultural experience, and to better support and give back to the community we are visiting, we prioritize Airbnb’s or privately owned bed and breakfasts for the majority of our stay.
You will stay in a clean, local-styled Airbnb and in a charming bed and breakfast during your trip.
How can I prepare for my experience?
First and foremost, get a passport if you don’t already have one! Next, keep your eye out for the information and resources that we will be sending you via email. The more you know and understand, the more this experience will mean to you and the more prepared you will be to make a meaningful difference.
This trip leans to being a culture-heavy, sightseeing adventure trip. You will use the metro at times to get around, but many of the must-sees in Italy are in traffic-free areas so you will need to be prepared to walk a few miles each day. You also need to be able to participate in a strenuous hike along the Amalfi Coast. Be aware that you will also spend one day on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea. Lifejackets will be provided, but basic swimming skills are highly recommended.
Lastly, practice getting uncomfortable: try new foods, start conversations with people you don’t know, put away your phone for a few hours every day, etc. Traveling is exhilarating and life-changing, but it can also be full of moments that are new, hard, or uncomfortable. New people, new cultures, new languages, and new food can be a lot to take in at times. Everything you do to get ready now will make it that much easier. Just know that we’ll be there to walk you through all of it and help make your experience amazing!