I am trying to plan a trip to Venice in March with about a dozen high school students from my school. My husband and I are both teachers and we will be teaching the students about Venice. We may hire a guide for two special tours, but other than that, would do all the rest ourselves.
Before I decided this, though, I looked into educational tour companies that take high school kids on tours overseas. This was way out of my budget range so I can't do it. But one of the contact people at the tour company, responding to my suggestion that we have a free day or two in the city on our own to save money, said that Italian law requires that they hire a licensed Italian tour guide.
Has anyone ever heard of this? Would I get in trouble with the law in Italy if I take these kids to Venice and teach them about the city and take them around myself? Thanks! Cheryl