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ACIS - Young Women's Leadership in Italy - Educational tour to Italy

Build a foundation for your students' success through activities that develop leadership traits and workshops with Italian women who have emerged as innovators and leaders in traditionally male-dominated fields.

DAY 1: Overnight Flight

Depart from the USA.

DAY 2: Rome

Benvenuti in Italia! Meet your ACIS Tour Manager, settle in to your hotel at the heart of bustling, historic Rome. Begin your Young Women’s Leadership Program with an introductory leadership discussion on modern women in Italy—likely with a journalist. Later, you can mingle with café-goers around the Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda.

DAY 3: Rome

This morning engage in a meaningful leadership workshop with a female member of the Italian Parliament. Discuss the presence and role of women in Italian politics, as well as current laws and initiatives that are important to women's rights. In the afternoon enjoy a Global Exchange focused on comparative learning and sharing dynamics with a local Girl Scouts group and participate in joint activities as you compare and learn about each other's lives and challenges. Tonight we'll provide restaurant vouchers so that you and your new Italian amici can bond over a shared dinner together. After, we'll head out for a passeggiata romana around the Piazza Navona. (If Parliament access or the Girl Scouts group is unavailable during your travel dates, alternative leadership activities will be substituted).

DAY 4: Rome

Rome is called “The Eternal City” because the ancient Romans believed that no matter what empires rose and fell, Rome would endure forever. Today's panoramic sightseeing drive of the city is a great introduction to the many phases of Roman history. Our local expert accompanies you through the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica, giving commentary via personal headsets. These are timed entrances, meaning you'll breeze right by the long lines facing other tourists. Then go inside the iconic and historic Colosseum with a local guide (another line-avoiding timed reservation) and learn the many stories of this nearly 2,000-year-old Roman landmark that's considered one of the architectural wonders of the ancient world. In the afternoon your first leadership workshop has you meeting with the female head of a relief organization aimed at supporting and assisting immigrant women refugees, often coming from Africa or the Balkans.

DAY 5: Tuscany

After breakfast journey north to the region of Tuscany and visit Florence, known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance” for its role as a center of education, art, and science. Your sightseeing tour with a local guide providing commentary via headsets shows you Brunelleschi’s splendid Duomo, Ghiberti's famous Baptistry Doors and the Piazza della Signoria—the political center of the city. Then breeze by the crowds with your own timed entrance to the Accademia, which houses Michelangelo's David. Later continue to your picturesque lodging in the Tuscan countryside.

DAY 6: Tuscany

Today's leadership workshop connects you with the strong Donne in Campo organization of women farmers. Visit one of these local, woman-run farms where you will meet with the farmer, learn about what drives her and discuss the challenges she faces. You will also have the chance assist with some of the daily activities on the farm. In the afternoon explore Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved hill towns. A walking tour shows you the green and white marbled Duomo and the famous Piazza del Campo before you return to your Tuscan hill town accommodations for the evening.

DAY 7: Milan

Nearly 20% of the Italian municipalities presided over by a female mayor are in Tuscany. Stop in one of these towns for a leadership workshop with the mayor or a senior female member of her staff to discuss the achievements and challenges faced by women in Italian politics. Then continue north to the thriving and chic city of Milan.

DAY 8: Milan

Today discover Milan, a city renowned as one of the world capitals for design and fashion. A sightseeing tour with a local guide shows you the spectacular Duomo, Galleria and La Scala. Then your final leadership workshop this afternoon connects you with a member of the 30% Club at Milan University. The 30% Club runs initiatives to broaden professional growth opportunities for women across all industries. During tonight's farewell dinner at a local restaurant, you and your fellow classmates will enjoy recapping the previous nine days of amazing and unique leadership learning experiences.

DAY 9: Departure

Depart for the USA.

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Central Hotels
    Central Hotels
  • 5 hours saved without a daily commute from a suburban budget hotel
  • 5 evenings for more exploring in town
Local Restaurants
    Local Restaurants
  • 7 delicious, multi-course dinners at local favorites
  • Meal times tailored to maximize your experience in the city
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    Smart Trip Design
  • Carefully developed leadership activities engage you with the local people and culture
  • Save hours with timed entrances to see the David, Colosseum and Sistine Chapel
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Trevi Fountain View

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Tuscany region. Montepulciano town in spring

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Milan Cathedral


  • Students will spend a day in the life of a leader in their Italian community and engage in a thoughtful examination of her skills and attributes.
  • Students will explore the changing roles and opportunties for female leaders within the Catholic Church.
  • Students will have the opportunity to compare their daily lives with local schoolchildren and develop a greater understanding of their similarities and differences.



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