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Sicily & Southern Italy

The cities and landscapes of Sicily and Southern Italy are home to some of the best-preserved Classical archaeology in the Old World. The Greeks and Romans conquered this corner of the Mediterranean – leaving us aesthetically beautiful ruins which tell a long, complex and fascinating story.

October 7 – 22, 2017
$6,375 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $965

October 6 – 21, 2018
16 Days

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the sun-drenched home of some of the most beautifully preserved Classical archaeology in the Old World
  • Go face-to-face with the mighty Riace Warriors, stunning life-size Greek bronze statues rescued from the sea

  • Gain unparalleled insight into everyday ancient Roman life at the eerily complete cities of Pompeii & Herculaneum
  • Traverse arresting landscapes in search of fascinating sites, from forested plateaus to the cool sea air of the strait of Messina

Meals: All breakfasts, 9 lunches & 6 dinners

2017 ITINERARY

October 7 & 8: PALERMO
We arrive in Palermo on October 8th. During the evening we will meet for our welcome dinner and an opening lecture.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

October 9: PALERMO
We explore the many sites of Palermo today. Our day begins at La Zisa, a Norman-Arab castle housing the Museum of Islamic Art. This cultural gem, inspired by Moorish architecture, was built by Arabian craftsmen in the twelfth century. We continue to the Archaeological Museum, which contains fantastic architectural sculptures. Lastly, we view the Byzantine mosaics in the Cappella Palatina.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

October 10: CEFALÙ
Our first stop is the Phoenician necropolis; we continue to Cefalù to visit its Cathedral and to stroll in this charming town before a seaside lunch. The full afternoon will be spent in Monreale, where we visit the single most important Norman monument on the island, the Cathedral and its cloisters.
Hotel: Piazza Borsa Hotel, Palermo.

October 11: SEGESTA
We travel through the countryside to Segesta, where a pretty Doric temple and Greek theater nestle between the mountains. We visit the island of San Pantaleo to tour the Phoenician site of Motya. The day ends at the Marsala Museum, renowned for its reconstructed Phoenician ship.
Hotel: Hotel Carmine, Marsala.

October 12: CUSA
Our first stop today is the Museo del Satiro in the church of Sant’Egidio. Our touring continues at Cusa, site of stone quarries used in the construction of the magnificent Selinunte temples, which we next visit. We end our day at the Western Acropolis.
Hotel: Colleverde Hotel, Agrigento.

October 13: AGRIGENTO
We begin at the National Museum, with its reconstruction of the Atlas-like Telamones and outstanding collection of vases. We continue to the Oratory of Phalaris and the Hellenistic and Roman Quarters. Next we visit the temples of Akragas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We begin with the oldest, Hercules, and continue to the beautifully preserved temples of Concordia and Hera.
Hotel: Colleverde Hotel, Agrigento.

October 14: CASALE
Our day begins with a drive through Sicily’s beautiful hills to Morgantina, a Greek city excavated by Princeton University. We travel to the Roman Villa Imperiale at Casale, where fine mosaics of the Roman-African artistic school date from the 4th century. The many rooms of mosaic floors include famous myth and hunting scenes.
Hotel: Hotel des Etrangers, Syracuse.

October 15: SYRACUSA
We begin in the Archaeological Park, with its wealth of remains, including a Roman amphitheater; enormous 3rd century Altar of Hieron II; the ‘Ear of Dionysius’ quarry; and a Greek theater, carved out of the rock. We take a walking tour of the Old City of Siracusa, visiting the temple of Athena and the Fountain of Arethuse, famed in poetry.
Hotel: Hotel des Etrangers, Syracuse.

October 16 & 17: TAORMINA
We explore Euryalus Castle, the largest military construction of the Greek world. We later travel along the coast to the medieval town of Taormina to visit the famous Greek theater. The panoramic views of the coastline and snow-capped Mt. Etna are magnificent. You have the day free on Tuesday to travel to Mt. Etna or explore this resort town.
Hotel: Monte Tauro Hotel, Taormina.

October 18: CALABRIA
We take the Messina ferry to Reggio Calabria. A high point of the tour will be our visit to the National Museum to view the spectacular life size “Warriors of Riace,” found in the Ionian Sea and considered the finest bronze statues from the Greek world. We then travel through Sila Massif, covered by extensive forest.
Hotel: Savoy Beach Hotel, Paestum.

October 19: PAESTUM & HERCULANEUM
We travel to ancient Paestum to tour its well-preserved Doric temples and extensive ruins of the ancient city. We also visit the site museum, which displays an important group of tomb paintings, including the “Tomb of the Diver”. We continue to Herculaneum, Pompeii’s sister city, buried by Vesuvius.
Hotel: Naples.

October 20: POMPEII
We tour Pompeii, whose remarkably
preserved Roman villas and wall paintings capture the city’s spirit before the 79 CE eruption. We will have ample time to see the site in depth. This evening we gather for a farewell meal.
Hotel: Naples.

October 21: NAPLES
The tour ends with a visit to the National Museum, where we will see the wonderful wall paintings and mosaics from Pompeii and Herculaneum. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to soak up Neapolitan culture.
Hotel: Naples.

October 22:
We return home today.

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Oct 2017
Prof. Gerald Schaus

Oct 2018
Prof. Gerald Schaus

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2018 Tour Details

Immerse yourself in rich cultural history, painted in vivid detail across the canvas of Sicily and southern Italy. Our 2018 tour offers the perfect combination of stunning landscapes and in situ archaeology.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience Sicily’s distinct blend of cultures
  • Stand shoulder to shoulder with the bronze Warriors of Riace

  • Explore Doric temples in the ruins of Paestum

WHAT TO EXPECT

This corner of the Mediterranean is just waiting for you to discover the Classical world of Rome and Greece…
Take in the spectacular delights of classical Sicily, separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina, and a vastly different history. Set against a backdrop of rugged mountains, verdant plains, azure waters and the imposing Mt Etna, a wealth of archaeology — from prehistoric settlements to striking Norman cathedrals — is just waiting to be discovered. Moving out of the ‘heart of the Mediterranean’ into southern Italy, we discover two of the world’s best-preserved sites… Nowhere can offer deeper insight into Roman life than Pompeii and Herculaneum — we enjoy ample time at both.