Full Course Description

During this 16-day course, students immerse themselves in the ancient history that shaped Western civilization. They learn how to preserve and protect irreplaceable artifacts from the detrimental effects of time and modernity. Delving into the past, students are able to better understand the fundamental connection between those who came before and our present society and future.

Upon their arrival in Rome, students are introduced to the city with a guided walking tour of Imperial Rome. They visit the Roman Forum and the Colosseum, the most famous monument of Ancient Rome and an impressive testament to her past greatness. After a few days, students depart for the Campania region, where they visit Italy’s most famous and unique archaeological site—Pompeii. Once in Sicily, students explore Mt. Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, and learn how the volcano has shaped the geological features of the island as well as the lives and culture of Sicilians throughout the ages. Students then have the opportunity to engage in a three-day long archaeological camp in the small village of Pietraperzia, which allows them to have a unique firsthand experience in the field of archaeology. While digging and sorting through the Greek remains, students learn the importance of sustaining our cultural heritage for our current and future generations.

During the course, students also visit an organic farmhouse in the countryside of Ragusa and experience the Sicilian culinary culture associated with cheese and other typical products of the area. Throughout their stay, students absorb the history, art, traditions, and gastronomy of Southern Italy, and they return with a better understanding of the way history and geography shape every aspect of a country’s culture.