Faculty: Christine Salandino, Rhonda Andrews
Meeting: Tuesday, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
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 have extended stays in Italy’s internationally known cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, and Milan and have time to relax in some smaller, picturesque towns such as the costal resorts of Sorrento and Cinque Terra, and the medieval town of Siena. The numerous sites visited will include the glorious ruins of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, and Pompeii and 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. 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.
Rome - Day 1
We will arrive in Rome and get settled in local accommodations. We will visit the Colosseum and stroll the Roman Forum. Our day will end with a welcome dinner and a gelato!
We spend our second day in Italy in the “Eternal City”, Rome, walking through the splendors of ancient imperial Rome and seeing sight such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, and the Pantheon.
Our third day in Rome will focus on visiting the Vatican, and seeing St. Peter’s Basilica, and marveling at Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
NAPLES/SORRENTO/POMPEII, Days 4-7
Today we will take the train to city of Naples, in southern Italy. We will visit the famous Archeological museum and eat the best pizza in all of Italy! In the evening, we will take the train to the beautiful resort town of Sorrento which is on the Mediterranean Sea. Surrounding lemon and olive groves add to the ambiance of this special place.
In the morning we will take a bus trip to the colorful and beautiful Positano, which is located the Amalfi coast. We will take time to soak up the beauty and sunshine as we visit the beach there. In the afternoon we will travel back to Sorrento, where small groups will divide up and explore the town.
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.
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.
Orvieto is a city on a hill, and exemplifies a traditional, medieval Italian hill town at it’s best. 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.
We will travel to the medieval city of Siena in Tuscany. The historic city center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta, a prime example of Gothic architecture, the Piazza del Campo, and see the Torre del Mangia.
Days 10 - 11
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, including Michelangelo’s David. We will also see some incredible architecture, such as the Dumo, and climb to a hilltop to take in an incredible panorama of the city.
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.
Days 12 -14
Time to slow down 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!
Days 15 - 17
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 work
We will soak up the beauty of this charming town in Italy’s lake region, which is just minutes from Switzerland. We will relax by Lake Como, an area known for Alpine vistas and picturesque beauty.
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 dinner together.
Day 21, Depart Milan and arrive in Portland.