The Ambassador Peter F. Secchia

Voyage of Discovery

The Trip Lasts 13 Days. The Impact Lasts a Lifetime.
During this time of uncertainty, we are not accepting new applications for the 2021 Program

Experience Italy

In an action-packed 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.

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
Transcript from College/University
Travel Itinerary

Trips vary in design—each year the Voyage of Discovery travels to NIAF’s Region of Honor, which changes every year.

This year, the Voyage traveled to NIAF’s 2019 Region of Honor—Molise! All trips include education lectures, cultural attractions, service opportunities and a change to meet with government officials, business leaders and more.

Molise 2019
Puglia 2018
Sicilia 2017

Voyage News

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread throughout Italy, the National Italian American Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 trip, as the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us.

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.