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Welcome to Italy, our Campus of the Year for 2023! Join us as we explore the cuisine, culture, art and architecture of one of the most beautiful countries in the world as we explore iconic cities and coastal villages. Choose from dozens of learning adventures in Italy, discovering the best of a country rich in history and teeming with traditions.

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Trips to Italy for Inspired Travelers

Experience Italy! Immerse yourself in the cuisine, culture, art, and architecture of this stunning country. Our expert-led Italy tours are crafted for seniors, families, and grandparents with grandchildren, presenting a myriad of learning adventures to unveil Italy's rich history and vibrant traditions in iconic cities and coastal villages with Road Scholar.

Road Scholar tours of Italy provide privileged access to some of Italy’s most unique attractions, whether it’s renowned art exhibits, tours through rolling hills and picturesque mountains, or a taste of world-class cuisine. With a collection of the best adventures in Italy, you’ll be able to explore and learn about this beautiful country like never before.


Are the Best Adventures in Italy Educational?

Road Scholar’s guided tours of Italy give you the chance to learn about this historic country’s people, cultures, and traditions. Whether you’re looking for Southern Italy tours or walking tours in Northern Italy, we have a wide range of learning adventures from which to choose. In our trips to Italy, you’ll find an expansive collection of programs designed for various activity levels and interests, such as an odyssey at sea off the coast of Italy, an exploration of the medieval hill towns of the Cinque Terre, or roaming through Rome.

During your travel to Italy, you’ll learn from local experts and knowledgeable professionals who will look into the rich history that spans the Italian Peninsula, from the rise and fall of Ancient Rome to the artistic wonders that have left a lasting influence on Western Civilization. 

As you adventure through Italy, you’ll explore with like-minded lifelong learners from various backgrounds, such as solo travelers, retirees, couples, farmers, business professionals, and more. Your unique cohort will provide spirited conversations that will deepen your appreciation of the people around you and the country you’re touring. Once you return, you’ll have memories and relationships that will last a lifetime. 

If you need to decide whether a tour of Italy is suitable for you, review our Italy travel tips and sign up for one of our online lectures about Italy that will allow you to discover this charming country from the comfort of your home. 


Best Tours of Italy for Seniors and Families with Road Scholar

Are you looking for Italian tours for seniors? Look no further than Road Scholar. Italy is one of the best places to travel, whether you’re a solo female traveler or a senior part of a family looking to plan a multi-generational travel vacation. Take a look at some of our recommendations for the top Italy tours for seniors:

We offer more than 30 incredible trips to Italy. Not sure which guided vacation is right for you? We’ve highlighted some of our favorites for travelers of all ages, abilities, and interests. 


Christmas in Rome

Celebrate a Christmas like no other by visiting the Eternal City. Christmas in Rome is a nine-day guided tour that will take you to a dazzling Christmas market, the Sistine Chapel, and the Basilica of St. Peter, among other iconic locations.

On this trip, you’ll see nativity displays, visit a Jewish museum, and enjoy artistic masterpieces. You’ll also learn about Rome’s unique culture and history, and experience the holidays with residents. This experience also allows you to attend a midnight mass. 


Under the Tuscan Sun: A Family Adventure

One of the most delightful tours of Italy for seniors is the enchanting region of Tuscany. Here, travelers can bask in the scenic beauty of the Tuscan countryside, savor exquisite wines at local wineries, and engage in immersive cooking classes to master traditional culinary techniques.
If you're in search of the finest guided tours for seniors in Italy, look no further than our exclusive trip, "Under the Tuscan Sun: Italian Adventures With Your Family.' Crafted to offer a memorable multigenerational experience, this nine-day journey takes you and your family through the serene landscapes of Tuscany. Immerse yourself in an Italian language class, marvel at the iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa, and indulge in the rich culinary delights that Tuscany has to offer.

During this unforgettable experience, not only will you savor delectable meals, but you'll also have the opportunity to actively participate in creating them through engaging pasta- and gelato-making classes. Forge lasting memories amid the picturesque Tuscan countryside, making this trip a cherished chapter in your travel adventures."


Independent Florence: History Tour

Calling all history buffs! If you’re looking for a guided tour of Italy that will dig into the country’s historical legacy, look no further than our Florence experience, Independent Florence: From Medieval to Modern Culture

Walk the streets of bustling, modern-day Florence as you dive into the past and learn about the city’s medieval origins. This experience highlights the city’s unique cuisine, architecture, and design. Transport back to the Renaissance as you visit beautiful cathedrals and the Galleria dell’ Accademia. See masterpieces that are still treasured today and learn about the iconic Medici family. This trip also includes delicious Italian meals and ample time to explore Florence on your own. 


Independent Venice

No travel to Italy can be complete without a stop at the cultural powerhouse of Venice. Independent Venice: Art, Culture, and Canals is a guided trip to help you experience la bella vita (the beautiful life). This eight-day trip introduces you to Venice’s timeless architecture, culinary delights, and history.

Explore narrow backstreets, meet local artisans, and take in masterpieces created in the city. You’ll also learn about the city’s history, enjoy classic Italian fare, and even attend a Vivaldi concert. 


Hiking the Cinque Terre - Italian Riviera

Are you an active traveler looking for a tour of Italy that will put some miles on your hiking boots? Hiking the Cinque Terre is a breathtaking experience that will take you across the Italian Riviera. During this nine-day trip, you’ll visit the “Five Towns” of the Riviera. Explore medieval fortresses, olive groves, vineyards, and rugged ruins during your excursion. You’ll be hiking up to six hours a day along rugged paths, so bring lots of energy and a heart for adventure. 


Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is one of Italy’s many gems that draw in visitors from around the world for its pristine beauty and stunning panoramic views. Various hot spots and charming coastal towns along the Amalfi Coast, such as Positano and Ravello, are great for seniors.

Lake Como

Another one of the best Italian tours for seniors is to Lake Como, which boasts tranquil waters with breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains and lakeside villas. Here, seniors can embark on boat tours, enjoy fine dining experiences, and take a moment for some rest and relaxation.

There are numerous Italy tours you can join to discover all this country has to offer. At Road Scholar, we make that possible with our exciting and educational tours of Italy. Find an adventure today by looking through our experiential learning programs to find a destination that piques your interests.


Italy Tours for Seniors With Limited Mobility

Limited mobility shouldn’t be a deterrent to exploring the world around you. There are numerous Italy tours for seniors with limited mobility that make it easy to experience the rich culture, history, and beauty of this European country without physical strain. Some of the best tours of Italy for seniors with mobility limitations include:

  • Rome: A tour of Italy isn’t complete without a stop in Rome, and this lively city has plenty to offer seniors with limited mobility. Rome has plenty of wheelchair-friendly routes and accessible transportation options that allow seniors to visit iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and Vatican City.
  • Venice: The city of Venice is known for its iconic waterways and canals, and there are several gondola operators throughout the city with accessible gondolas equipped with ramps that make it easier for seniors with mobility issues to board and disembark on Italy tours.
  • Italian Riviera: Another one of the tours of Italy for seniors with mobility issues is the Italian Riviera, where seniors can board cruises that stop at ports in areas like Portofino, Cinque Terre, and Genoa. Many cruises offer accessible cabins that improve mobility and allow all passengers to enjoy the wonders Italy has to offer.

When it comes to first-time traveler tips, it’s always important to look into the accessibility of the destination you’re interested in. Fortunately, there are several Italy tours for seniors with limited mobility that make it easy for everyone to learn and discover Italian cuisine, history, and heritage.


Road Scholar Trips to Italy With the Love of Learning

No matter your interests, you’re sure to find a guided tour of Italy that piques your interests through our collection of Italian adventures. 

At Road Scholar, our goal is to open up the world around you through our engaging experiential learning adventures that immerse you into the cultures and environment of your destination. Whether it’s visiting iconic cities like Florence, Rome, and Venice or taking a walking tour in Northern Italy’s idyllic mountains, you’ll return with newfound knowledge and memories you can carry wherever you go.

Experience educational travel to Italy by signing up for an Italian adventure today!