Cultural Excursions

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 regions hilly area provides the ideal terrain for the cultivation of grapes and olive trees which produce characteristic and highly prized oil and wine. The day trip includes wine and olive oil tasting and a visit to the Museo della Civiltà 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 Pompeiis 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 an art professor as indicated.

Florence (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 Florence. Take a guided walking tour of the city center to see the Cathedral, the Baptistery, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. On day two, visit the world-famous Uffizi Gallery to see works by Botticelli, da Vinci and Michelangelo and sites including the Palazzo Pitti and Santa Croce as well as other places of interest. On the final day, enjoy free time or take an optional visit to the Accademia Gallery to admire Michelangelos masterpieces before returning to Rome.

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

Optional Excursion to Venice (3 Days-€600)

Travel by fast train to Venice. Take a guided walking tour of Venice seeing sites including: Doge’s Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Cathedral.

The next day, take a guided tour of the Accademia Museum, Santa Maris Gloriosa dei Frari and Scuola di San Rocco.

On the third day, enjoy free time to explore Venice before returning to Rome.

Fee includes transportation, accommodation, breakfast, one dinner, entrance fees and sightseeing with a Richmond professor as indicated.

Optional Excursion to Milan (3 Days - €600)

Take the fast train to Milan, Italys 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 Vincis masterpiece the Last Supper before continuing on to the Science Museum to admire the spectacular models and historic machines of Leonardos 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 transportation, accommodation, breakfast, one dinner, entrance fees and sightseeing with a Richmond professor as indicated.

Optional Excursion to Palermo, Sicily (3 Days - €500 excluding airfare)

In Sicily students have the opportunity to experience and learn about the history and cultural heritage of the Mediterraneans 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 Cefalù resorts.

Includes accommodations, breakfast, ground transportation in Palermo, entrance fees and sightseeing with a Richmond professor. Airfare, transfers to/from airports, lunch and dinner are not included (except for one traditional dinner in Palermo). Once in Rome staff will assist students to purchase the cheapest possible flights (approx. $150).

Optional Excursion to Auschwitz Camps and Krakow, Poland (3 Days - €500 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 Germanys 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 Schindlers 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, transfers to/from airports, 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).

Students must enrol and pay for optional excursions upon application to the program. Students who apply after the deadline may enrol subject to availability. If a minimum enrolment of 10 is not achieved, the tour may be cancelled. Once paid for optional excursions are non-refundable except in the event of cancellation. Dates and itineraries for all excursions are tentative and subject to change.