Academic Excursions at the Italian Campus
Travel will be one of the highlights of your semester abroad. With Italy's rich culture and varied landscape, you can remain in the country during the entire semester and still have plenty to explore and experience. Two academic excursions combined with optional staff-lead mini-excursions provide many opportunites to explore the different regions of this beautiful country!
Included in your semester:
2 Mandatory Academic Excursions
Explore two different regions of Italy with your professors during two excursions that count as class participation. For two weekends, Italy will become your classroom!
Ancient Campania Excursion: During this weekend excursion, you will travel with the staff and faculty to the southern region of Campania. The weekend begins with a hike of Mount Vesuvius, a still active volcano. Vesuvius is famed for its destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii, the excavations of which you will visit. You will walk the ancient streets of this impeccably preserved city and experience life as an ancient Roman! Other highlights of the weekend include a visit to an organic buffalo mozzarella farm, visit to the ancient Greek temples of Paestum, an introductin to the Amalfi Coast, and a free day to explore the magical island of Capri!
Medieval Tuscan Excursion: During this weekend excursion, you will travel with the staff and faculty to the region of Tuscany. The weekend begins with a visit to the medieval hill-top town of San Gimignano where you will visit the Duomo with its famous Renaissance frescoes. Other highlights of the weekend include a stop in the city of Siena to visit some of the most important churches and sites for medieval and Christian art, a free day for shopping and bike riding in the walled city of Lucca, and a visit to one of the most recognizable landmarks in Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa!
Optional and at extra cost:
“Mini-Excursions” led by the Staff:
- Weekend and day trips within Italy, planned and lead by an Assistant Resident Director
- Affordable ($60-$350)
- Small group travel
- Great way to learn how to travel well while seeing wonderful parts of Italy
- Examples: Puglia/Basilicata, Florence, Perugia
- Director Michael Wright offers 1 trip each semester
- Often for 4-5 days during a long weekend or the during the 10-day break
- Destinations vary. Past trips have included Barcelona, Sicily, Milan, etc.