Wanderlust Wednesday - Italy

"Not all those who wander are lost"

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"All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king."

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

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See the Sights

Did you know Rome invented art museums? Or that Siena had a social network in 1525? Come on a journey from Venice to Palermo and rediscover a culture whose influence has lasted for centuries. Take the ultimate tour of Italy!

Experience the birthplace of public art by visiting the Piazza del Campidoglio in Rome.

Take a gondola ride in the Grand Canal of Venice.

Visit Pompeii, a vast archaeological site in southern Italy’s Campania region known for the famous eruption in the year 79 A.D. when the volcano buried the ancient city. (See artifacts up close here.)

Learn about the Colosseum on a virtual walking tour and by seeing the changes throughout history here.

Did you know that Latin was the official language in Roman Empire? Learn 30 interesting phrases and sayings of Ancient Rome.

Learn essential phrases for traveling in modern Italy here!

And of course on a visit to Rome, you can’t miss a visit to the opera! Take a tour of

Massimo Theatre, Italy's largest opera.

MakerSpace & STEM Activities

Michelangelo was first and foremost, a sculptor. He famously said, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved till I set him free.” Create your own sculpture out of soap.

Do as the Romans: Build an aqueduct!

​Italy is known for it's moving Operas! Can you try to sing one yourself? (Here's the music!)

Give into the tourist tradition of eating delicious pizza. Our favorite is from Naples! Make your own pizza crust with this delicious recipe.

Travel with a Book

For Younger Readers

For Middle Grades & Young Adult Readers