Italy Trip 2019

Italy Trip: March 8 - 17, 2019

Though this school year has not yet begun, I wanted to inform you of a terrific opportunity we will be offering next March during Avon Old Farms School's Spring Break.  Kevin Driscoll and I will be conducting a trip to Italy from March 8 through March 17, 2019.  The itinerary for the trip is packed, with trips to visit ruins in Rome and Campania, including Pompeii and Herculaneum. We will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, take a day trip to Florence, and and this year we have added the world famous Cinecitta Studios (including the HBO Rome sets) among many other stops and sights.

We will also spend a morning in school while we're there...GLADIATOR SCHOOL!  If your son ever wanted to unleash his inner Spartacus, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance!  The young men who went on previous trips all agreed that this was one of the highlights.

This trip is open to any student at Avon Old Farms.  There are no course requirements.  Any student with an interest in stomping around the ruins of Ancient Rome is welcome.  Adults can also attend if they wish, though they must upgrade to a single (or double with their son*) and they will need to abide by the same rules and schedule as the rest of the group.

If you would like to speak with me about the trip when you are picking your son up at school (or dropping him off next fall), please let me know.  I can be reached on my cell phone (860-751-8821).  Please send me a text message so we can meet to talk.

Hart Travel Partners, an extremely well-respected tour operator, will be conducting our private tour again this year.  We will not be combined with other tour groups at any point on the trip and will have a terrific tour manager accompany us in Italy 24-7 while we are there to make sure everything runs smoothly.

While I have attached an itinerary, there is a website with more information, including costs. To access this website, please go to: AOFITALY2019

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Paestum
  • Archaeological Museum of Naples
  • Pompeii
  • Herculaneum
  • Cave of the Sibyl in Cumae
  • Tiberius’ Villa in Sperlonga
  • Hadrian's Villa
  • The Forum
  • Capitoline Museum
  • Colosseum
  • Largo di Torre Argentina
  • Pantheon
  • Piazza Navona
  • Gladiator School
  • Circus Maximus
  • Baths of Caracalla
  • Temple of Hercules
  • Pons Fabricus
  • Villa of Quintili
  • Appian Way
  • Tomb of Caecilia Metella
  • Villa & Circus of Maxentius
  • Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps
  • St. Peter’s Basilica
  • World famous Cinecitta Studios
  • a round-trip journey via high speed train to Florence for a guided tour including the Duomo
  • And finally (depending on ticket availability) the Six Nations Rugby match between France and Italy.

The price quoted for the trip includes airfare, hotels, all transportation and admittance fees and breakfasts and dinner (It does NOT include lunch).  The food in Italy is unbelievable!  The tickets for the rugby match will be priced separately once we determine availability.

On the previous trips we kept a daily "blog" of our activities, including photos.  The blogs of these trips are found at:,, and .  

The trip is scheduled for the very first part of Spring break--we will leave on Friday, March 8 from JFK.  By doing so we hope to avoid any conflict with the Baseball or Lacrosse team trips.  Our intent is that anyone who also wishes to go on the Baseball or Lacrosse team trips should be able to do so.  We will return on March 17 to JFK.  Once we have a better idea of the number who will come on the trip, we will arrange transportation from the school to JFK.  Depending on interest and expense we will also look into transportation from JFK back to Avon once the trip is finished.

Registration:  You may register online at: AOFITALY2019 If you wish to register by mail, you should visit that same website to download the forms.  

Deadlines:  The registration deadline is November 1.  A non-refundable deposit is also due at that time.  The final balance for the trip will be due December 1.  Payments may be made by check to Hart Travel Partners (they have the ability to do e-checks, but, in order to keep costs down, try to avoid credit cards.  If you must use a credit card, there will be a small surcharge).  Our registration deadline is quite firm, as Hart Travel was able to obtain a significant discount from an airline, but they need a firm commitment by November 1.

References:  Nearly every parent who has sent their son on the previous trips would be happy to provide a reference (I have not contacted all of them to ask, but so far everyone I have asked has said “yes” with enthusiasm).  There are also a number of boys here at school who have been on the previous trips and would also be happy to tell of their experiences on the trip.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!  My e-mail is and my cell phone is 860-751-8821.

Jake Spearman

*The upgrade charge for a double room will apply to both parent and student.

N.B.  Students from China who do not hold a Hong Kong passport will need to obtain a SCHENGEN visa.  If you wish to join this trip, getting this visa is a necessary first step.  Students from other countries who need SCHENGEN visas will also need to obtain one.

Jake Spearman

Faculty, Latin & History 
(860) 404-4113 office