Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox


Faculty: Gary Buhler, Jeff Cameron
Class Meeting NIght: Tuesday



The purpose of this trip is to enhance the student’s appreciation of the richness found in the history, arts, land, and people of Italy, with a special emphasis given to the art produced during Medieval and Renaissance periods in Italy.   Students will experience a nine city tour which will mingle sites such  as the glorious ruins of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, and Pompeii with the magnificent architecture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Duomo, St. Mark’s Square, and the Trevi Fountain.  In addition, students will be able to take in the breathtaking art of the masters such as Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, Michelangelo’s David and Sistine Chapel ceiling, and Raphael’s School of Athens. Students will have extended stays in Italy’s internationally known cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan as well as have time to relax in some smaller, picturesque towns such as the coastal resorts of Sorrento and Cinque Terra, and the hill town of Assisi.  Finally, but of no small significance, students will be able to enjoy the regional cuisine, for which Italy is well known.  Group meals are often an event that students from previous trips refer to as one of the highlights of this tour.

Preliminary Itinerary

Day 1 – Flight from Portland to Rome

ROME: Days 2-4

Day 2                   

We spend our first day in Italy in the “Eternal City”, Rome, walking through the splendors of ancient imperial Rome such as the Coliseum and the Forum and learning the lay out of the city and the transportation system.  We end the day with a great welcome dinner, a night view of the Trevi Fountain, and a gelato! 

 Day 3     

We spend our second day in Rome doing the “Dolce Vita Stoll” down the center of Rome with it’s accompanying sites, such as the Spanish Steps, and we spend the rest of the day traveling on the Metro and ending up at the Vatican, taking in the museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel.               

Day 4

Our last day in Rome! Jet lag is setting in, so we slow down a bit. This is a day that you can test your willingness to venture out.  Since one of our goals is for you to learn to be an independent traveler, we will split up into groups, and you will be able to go out on your own throughout the city to take in the remaining sites of your choice.  Of course, for those who would like a little less adventure, we hope to be taking the group to sites such as the Catacombs and the Borghese Gardens.


Ah, Sorrento!  We had a fast paced time in Rome, so much to see!  Now, the pace slows down for this resort town on the Mediterranean Sea.  We try our best to get us a nice place to stay, right off the waters.  Surrounding lemon and olive groves add to the ambiance of this special place.

Day 5                         

We spend our first day traveling on trains to southern Italy. Upon arriving in Sorrento, we settle in and stroll around town. Finally, we will end our day with a little bus ride up and down the Amalfi coast.  The road allows us incredible views of the shimmering sea, since it is located at the edge of cliffs.  The Italian bus drivers have our lives in their hands!

Day 6 

Today we will see an incredibly preserved ancient Roman city when we take a tour of the ruins of Pompeii and learn much of what life was like for an average Roman citizen.          

Day 7

We will begin this day by ferrying to the “Island of Dreams,” Capri, where we will take a scenic tour of this breathtaking island, where emperors lived and the celebrities vacationed, and enjoy a relaxing time running around the island.

May 8     

Travel to Orvieto

ORVIETO, Days 8 - 9

Orvieto is a city on a hill, and exemplifies a traditional, medieval Italian hill town at it’s best.  If fact, the hill is more like a mountain, rising a thousand feet above the valley.  You have to take the “funicular” to get to the city.  Once you are up there, take in the views of the surrounding valley from every angle; you can’t get lost.  We will also visit some interesting local sites such as  the Piazza Duomo, Chapel of the Corporal, and Chapel of St. Brizio.

ASSISI, Day 10        

Assisi is another hill town, but what sets it apart from the others is its basilica, the Basilica of St. Francis, and the history behind it.  That is why we come to Assisi.

FLORENCE : Days 11 -  12

Florence, the art lover’s paradise and the epicenter of the Renaissance!  The seemingly endless breathtaking works of the Masters are scattered through this famed city.

Day 10 - Academia, Museum of San Marco, Duomo

Day 11 - Galleria Degli Uffizi, Santa Croce, Baptistery, Medici Chapel

PISA – Day 13

How can you go to Italy and not see the Leaning Tower of Pisa?  We see it and have lunch in this small quiet town on our way to the coast.

CINQUE TERRA –  Days 13 -15

Time to slow down again and catch some sun on the beaches, kayaking along the coast, and hiking on the hills.  The Cinque Terra has picturesque hill towns along the magnificent coast, all connected by a hiking trail (in addition to a train).  We’ll stay at the town with the best beach, Monterosso.  Relax!

VENICE – Days  16 - 18

Venice, a city like no other!  Built on tiny islands and interconnected with bridges, you will not see or hear a car in the entire city.  St. Mark’s  Basilica, along with its square and nearby Doge’s Palace, are some of the highlights, but art lovers will also enjoy this city’s attractions.  The islands of Murano and Burano in their sun splashed pastel colors offer beautiful glass and lace works.  (A day trip option to the Ferrari factory will be available to those interested.)

MILANO –  Days 19 - 20

We come to the end of our journey at the upscale city of Milan, which is the financial and fashion center of Italy.  We’ll take in some great sites, including Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper” and “La Scala” Opera House, do a little shopping in the fashion district, and end with a closing banquet.

Depart Milan and arrive in Portland-  Day 21