The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia

Voyage of Discovery

The Trip Lasts 14 Days. The Impact Lasts a Lifetime.

Experience Italy

In an action-packed all-expenses paid journey exploring UNESCO sites, local hotspots and breath-taking landscapes. Travel with Italian American peers while being introduced to the vibrant culture, mouth-watering cuisine and fascinating history that puts one’s Italian American heritage into a life-changing context that was never realized before.


  • Must be a full-time college student at a college or university for the semester preceding the trip
  • Between the ages of 18-23 at the time of travel
  • Of Italian heritage
  • Never previously visited Italy
  • A United States citizen or a permanent resident alien
  • Must be a member of NIAF.
What’s Included?

International round-trip airfare. All meals, unless otherwise noted on itinerary. Comfy accommodations.
A busload of new friends. And so much more.

unless noted on itinerary
Travel Itinerary

The Voyage of Discovery, an enriching journey, embarks on an educational expedition to NIAF’s Region of Honor, an ever-changing destination. Commencing with a captivating four-day stay in Rome, participants will have the chance to delve into iconic Italian cities and towns, explore ancient landmarks, and savor delectable cuisine. Immerse yourself in the local culture, forging unforgettable memories. Additionally, each trip incorporates a day dedicated to community service. The Voyage of Discovery accommodates two separate sessions, each with 24 students. To catch a glimpse of previous voyages, visit @niafvoyageofdiscovery on Instagram!

Important Dates

Trip Dates: Session 1: early June 2024 | Session 2: mid-June 2024
Application Launch: November 1, 2023
Application Deadline: February 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m. PT


How To Apply

In just a few steps, you could have the possibility of experiencing the motherland.

Become a NIAF Member
Complete Application
Your Resume
Two Letters of Recommendation
(from a professor, coach or professional mentor)
Transcript from College/University

Voyage News

The 2024 Voyage of Discovery has been scheduled for June in two separate sessions during the summer of 2024. Each session will comprise 24 students, evenly divided between 12 females and 12 males. Though the Region of Honor has not been publicly disclosed yet, the journey will commence with four days in Rome. Applications for the trip will be accepted by NIAF starting from November 1, 2023.

Voyage and Gift of Discovery Alumni

If you or someone you know is a past participant, we are creating an alumni database and need your help!  Give us your name, Voyage of Discovery year, location and any other information you’d like to share about your experience!

History of the Program

Founded in 2000, by the generous financial support of Ambassador Peter F. Secchia, the Voyage of Discovery aims to strengthen the Italian American identity, the Italian American community and its connection with Italy including its culture and people.

A people without the knowledge of their past, origin and culture is like a tree with no roots.

Have additional questions? Visit our FAQs page.