Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Study Abroad in Rome: Cultural Excursions

Assisi and Trevi (Day trip)

Included in program fee

Situated on the hillside of Monte Subasio, overlooking the Umbria Valley, Assisi is known worldwide as a beautifully preserved example of medieval architecture as well as the birthplace of S. Francis, Patron Saint of Italy.

The day trip includes a visit to the Basilica of S. Francis, constructed in the 13th Century and where S. Francis’ body was laid to rest. After free time for lunch travel on to Trevi, a medieval town extending from the valley to the mountains of Brunette and Serano. The region’s hilly area provides the ideal terrain for the cultivation of olive trees which produce a characteristic and highly prized oil. The day trip includes a visit to the Museo della Civiltŕ dell’ Olivo, which provides an educational look at the olive industry, from the planting of the olive through its processing into oil.

Includes transportation, entrance fees and sightseeing with an art professor as indicated.

Naples and Pompeii (3 Days)

Included in program fee This trip is part of the coursework for course ARH 273 Introduction to Italian Art

On day one visit Pompeii’s archaeological sites with your professors. Stay overnight.

The following day depart by ferry to Capri, a charming island with small squares, little white houses and picturesque alleyways.

On the final day, visit Mount Vesuvius and the National Archaeological Museum.

Should Capri Island and Mount Vesuvius be unreachable because of bad weather, we will visit the beautiful Reggia di Caserta and Solfatare volcano, or Capodimonte museum.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, travel, entrance fees and sightseeing with art professor as indicated.

Venice (3 Days)

Included in program fee This trip is part of the coursework for course ARH 273 Introduction to Italian Art

Morning departure by bus to Venice. See the monuments with an art professor, including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace.

Visit the Accademia Museum, Santa Maria dei Frari and San Rocco churches, as well as other places of interest and on the final day, enjoy free time or take an optional visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, travel, entrance fees and sightseeing with an art professor as indicated.

Optional Excursion to London, England (2 Nights)

Included only for students on the AIFS Flight Package

Begin your semester with a 2-night visit to London en route to Rome. This will allow you to relax, recover from jet lag and get to know your fellow classmates while touring England’s capital.

Take a sightseeing tour with a professional guide who will point out some of London’s most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Have time to explore the city on your own where you can take in the gorgeous parks and gardens, see a play in the West End or shop for vintage clothes at Camden Market.

Includes accommodations, breakfast and sightseeing as indicated.

Optional Excursion to Milan (3 Days - $645)

Take the fast train to Milan, Italy’s financial and fashion capital. On your first day visit La Scala Opera House and the 14th century Castello Sforzesco as well as the magnificent Gothic Cathedral.

On day two visit Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica to see Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece the Last Supper before continuing on to the Science Museum to admire the spectacular models and historic machines of Leonardo’s inventive mind.

On your final day visit the Museo del Novecento to see masterpieces by modern and contemporary Italian and European artists. In the afternoon there will be free time to stroll around the famous fashion district.

Fee includes accommodation, breakfast, one dinner, entrance fees and sightseeing with an art professor as indicated.

Optional Excursion to Palermo, Sicily (3 Days - $545 excluding airfare)

In Sicily students have the opportunity to experience and learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Mediterranean’s largest island, shaped by its strategic location and the many invaders who over the centuries sought to control its wealthy land and coasts.

Sicily offers some of the richest examples of ancient and medieval monuments in the world and a visit to this Italian heritage-filled region provides a very rewarding travel experience.

Spend two nights in a centrally located hotel in Palermo, visit the Palazzo dei Normanni, the traditional Vucciria market, the Norman church of S. Giovanni degli Eremiti and travel by private coach to visit Segesta Greek and Roman ruins, Erice medieval village, Bagheria and Cefalů resorts.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, entrance fees and sightseeing with an art professor as indicated. Students purchase their own flights to Palermo once in Italy (approx. $150).

Optional Excursion to Auschwitz Camps and Krakow, Poland
(3 Days - $545 excluding airfare)

This field trip is based in Kraków, Poland, the capital city of a region that witnessed some of the greatest atrocities in European history. The visit focuses on a diversity of identities including Polish, Jewish, German, Ukrainian and Roma (“Gypsies)” in their historical context.

We travel from Kraków in a private coach to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of Nazi Germany’s death camps and the site of the worst human atrocity of modern times.

We also travel to Nowa Huta industrial town, the most relevant Polish example of Communist utopia of social and architectural experimentation, and to the impressive Wieliczka Salt Mine, the only mining site in the world functioning continuously since the Middle Ages. In Kraków we visit the original Schindler’s factory, the Jewish Ghetto, the Ukrainian Cultural Center and the Jewish District.

There will also be some leisure time to explore the historical center with its main Square, the Castle, the historical University, the National Museum and the surrounding scenic Vistula river.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation in Kraków, entrance fees and sightseeing with a Richmond professor. Airfare, lunch and dinner are not included (except for one traditional Ukrainian dinner and one “Communist” lunch at Nowa Huta). Once in Rome staff will assist students to purchase the cheapest possible flights (approx. $250).

Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.