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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 and begin your Young Women’s Leadership Program. Perhaps practice your language skills by ordering una coppa gelato and enjoy people-watching in one of the city’s stunning piazzas. Later, you can mingle with café-goers around the Pantheon and Piazza della Rotonda.

DAY 3: 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 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 4: Rome

This morning enjoy a Global Exchange focused on comparative learning and sharing dynamics at a local primary school. Meet with a female Italian educator and engage with the children while teaching them English (if traveling outside the school calendar, another leadership activity will be substituted). Continue the education theme in the afternoon during a leadership workshop with Emanuela Prinzivalli, Professor of the History of Christianity at Rome University. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss the impact of Pope Francis’ recent opening to the possibility of women becoming deacons in the Catholic Church. Tonight we’ll provide restaurant vouchers and suggestions for our favorite trattorias so you can dine like (and with) the locals. After, we’ll head out for a passeggiata romana around the Piazza Navona.

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 before you visit the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, The Last Supper. Your final leadership workshop this afternoon connects you with a local female director in Milan’s thriving fashion industry. Discuss her career path and present work as you gain an insider’s perspective on an Italian fashion house. 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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Educational Travel Rome


Educational Travel Italy

Tuscany region. Montepulciano town in spring

architecture; building; buildings; cathedral; Holly Freeman; Milan; sightseeing; Vertical

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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