9 days

Program Overview

Experience Italy’s cultural heritage through art, architecture and ancient ruins. Spend time in the Campania region, traveling along the scenic Amalfi coast to visit historic sites. See the well-preserved ruins of Greek temples and Roman structures at Paestum before venturing to the National Archaeological Museum to learn about the history of the area. In the city of Amalfi, stop to view the Amalfi Duomo and admire the cathedral’s many architectural styles.

Journey back to A.D. 79 when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Embark on a short hike to the top of the volcano for a look inside the crater and panoramic views of the surrounding area. In Pompeii, go on a guided tour of the ancient city, frozen in time by layers of volcanic ash. Get a glimpse of what life was like for the city’s inhabitants by exploring the ruins and visiting the Villa of the Mysteries, which is known for its series of surviving frescoes. Spend a day discovering the excavations of Herculaneum and seeing artifacts at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples.

All throughout this journey are opportunities to understand the cultural heritage of Italy. As the centerpiece of the Piazza Navona, the Fountain of the Four Rivers contains sculptured figures that represent the four continents recognized by Rome at the time and the obelisk in the middle is a Roman depiction of the Egyptian symbol of power. Just outside of Rome learn gladiator combat, a battle where honor could be restored through death or victory. Likewise, the Colosseum is symbolic of Rome’s culture of entertainment, as this was the largest of Rome’s amphitheaters. Artistic masterpieces known around the world are within the walls of Italy’s museums. Vatican City is decorated lavishly with frescoes and sculptures depicting scenes from the Bible. The Sistine Chapel is covered from ceiling to altar wall in the masterpieces of Michelangelo, including his “Last Judgement” fresco. Each day, students participate in unique history activities and new cultural experiences.

Daily Itinerary

Learning Outcomes

Experience over a thousand years of Italian history, art and architecture on this nine-day tour. With tours of the Colosseum, Pompeii and other significant sites, gain insight into the life and culture of Italy’s Greek and Roman communities. Visit two archaeological museums and the Vatican Museum to learn about historical works of art. Students are encouraged to think critically about the development of Italian culture throughout the centuries. In the process of navigating multiple cities and cultures, adapting to differing currencies and practicing language skills, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of their global citizenship. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.

Services Included

Accommodations

Quality, safe hotels with twin or triple occupancy that are centrally located.

Transportation

All transportation is provided throughout the program.

Round-Trip Flights

Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.

Meals

Two meals are provided daily, breakfast and dinner, featuring local cuisine.

Education

Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.

Tours and Activities

Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.

Full-Time Tour Directors

Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.

Insurance

International travel insurance is provided for protection in case of accidents, illness, flight interruptions or baggage loss.

Interactive Technology

Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.

24/7 Support

Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.

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