Explore the rich history of the Roman Empire in beautiful central Italy! This 10-day adventure will bring you to a variety of locations where crucial events in the history of Rome occurred. Stand in the Roman Forum where Cicero persuaded the Senate, where the slain body of Caesar was cremated, and where Augustus marched in his triumphs. Look down from the peak of Mt. Vesuvius upon the ruins of Pompeii. Visit museums that hold the treasures of the past and the relics of the people who built the imperium sine fine (the "empire without end"). At each location students will read the historical accounts (some in Latin, others in English) that bring the physical landscape of Italy to life by connecting past with present.
Our trip begins with three days near Naples on the Amalfi Coast, where we visit the Oracle of the Sibyl at Cumae, the ruins of Emperor Tiberius’ ornate pleasure palace on the island of Capri, and the excavated ruins of Pompeii. We then travel to Rome to take in all of the iconic sights of The Eternal City: the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Ara Pacis, Vatican City, and many, many more. Along the way we explore the cultural history of Italy by observing the architectural landscape of the city and by savoring the local cuisine. Come experience the past in the places where it happened!