Northern Italy Adventure

Northern Italy Adventure

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2024 Departure Dates

June 24 – July 1, 2024 Full Waitlist
July 1 – July 8, 2024 Limited Enroll Now
July 8 – July 15, 2024 Very Limited Enroll Now
July 15 – July 22, 2024 Limited Enroll Now

Get off the typical tourist path and explore some of the most popular places in Italy while having them all to yourself! You’ll settle into a comfortable converted country estate as your base for the week. Each day will offer new adventures as we explore the Lombardy and Veneto regions. We’ll care for animals, explore villages, learn to make pasta, and immerse ourselves in the floating city of Venice. This taste of Italy will give you an unparalleled introduction to Italy and leave you hungry for more!

Service projects support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals


  • Explore the canals and classic buildings of Venice
  • Learn to make pasta from scratch
  • Immerse yourself in classic villages and Italian life off the tourist path
Program Profile
Program Profile

Itinerary Highlights


Milan is the financial center of Italy and houses the nation’s stock exchange. It’s also known for its culture. The city is one of the world’s fashion and design capitals, and it holds many noteworthy art collections.

Among the places the students will see is Duomo di Milano. This Gothic cathedral built in 1386 was revolutionary in its construction since the builders used Candoglia marble instead of the traditional Lombard brick. The choice made it necessary for sculptors and stone cutters to come from across Europe to the construction site, leading to an exchange of diverse design ideas.


This medieval old town on the Adige River is famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Among the sights students will see is Verona’s impressive Arena, which is still an active performance site. It’s the world’s largest opera theater and one of the best-preserved ancient structures. It was built in 30 AD and has stood the test of time thanks to its strong foundation that was created by digging a depression into a hill


Venice is one of the most famous cities in Italy with its 150 canals. Among the best known is the Canal Grande or Grand Canal which flows through six districts of the city.

Landmarks along the way include the Rialto Bridge – Ponte di Rialto – which is a covered pedestrian bridge and the Ponte dell’Accademia that crosses the canal. The students will also see other culturally significant sites like St. Mark’s Basilica.

Lake Garda

This is the largest lake in Italy and is on the edge of the Italian Alps. It’s bordered by 25 villages, along with monuments, castles and fortresses. The lake has also been an inspiration for many authors including Franz Kafka and James Joyce.

Service Projects

Work on eco-conservation projects in the Euganean Hills outside Padua. The hills formed about 35 million years ago from volcanic activity. The area now includes a regional park that’s visible from Venice. Amid the hills are hot springs and numerous vineyards.

Leaders in the area use the park to promote sustainable tourism and offer environmental programs for school children. Rustic Pathways’ service work enhances these efforts. Specific tasks you will accomplish will depend on local needs. Projects may include removing invasive species or working on hiking trails. While completing these jobs, learn about the location’s history and geography.

Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:

Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
Remember the Big 3: Water bottle (empty & fill after security), rain jacket, closed-toe shoes


A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.

Travel Items

  • Passport and Wallet
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the U.S. State Dept. but not required)
  • Water bottle

Personal Items

  • Medication
  • Extra pair of clothing (shirt/sweater, pants, underwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Book and/or journal & pen


  • Phone & Camera
  • Chargers
  • Electrical adapter/converter (220 volt – European two-round pin plug)
  • Headphones
    Main Luggage

    A 40-55 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal. Remember you’ll need to be able to carry all your luggage.


    • Socks (7-8)
    • Underwear (7-8)
    • T-shirts (7-8)
    • Long-sleeved shirts (1-2)
    • Sweaters (1-2)
    • Light pants (1-2)
    • Shorts (1-2)
    • Active wear (e.g. athletic pants and sweatshirt) (1-2)
    • Light coat/jacket (preferably waterproof)
    • Nicer outfits for restaurant meals, etc. (1-2)
    • Pajamas
    • Swimsuit
    • Flip flops or sandals
    • Hat for sun protection
    • Shoes (1-2 pairs, one pair for walking/hiking and one comfortable pair for city exploring)
    • Laundry bag


    (Travel size bottles in Ziploc bags)

    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Body wash
    • Face wash
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Sunscreen
    • Bug spray
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Contacts & solution or spare glasses
    • Foam earplugs / eye mask
    • Wet Wipes
    • Razor/shaving cream
    • Hand sanitizer