Italian Treasures-Bell'Italia:
 2004 Study Tour to
Italy, Venice, Florence, Assisi, Amalfi Coast, Capri, Sorrento, Montecassino, and Rome
Departure Date:  May 15, 2004
Dulles Airport, Virginia
(Delta Airlines)
Return Date:  May 27, 2004
(Lufthansa Airlines)

Group Leader, Rosalyn M. King at the Abbey of Montecassino


NVCC students in Venice at the Doges' Palace


NVCC students on the Amalfi Coast


NVCC students at hotel outside of Rome, Italy

Awaiting flight home from airport in Frankfurt, Germany

 Students waiting in airport in Frankfurt, Germany

 Students waiting in airport in  Frankfurt, Germany


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Itinerary

Day 1--Flight to Italy

Day 2 -- Milan & Venice
Arrived in Milan, fashion and finance capital of Italy. Transfer to Romeo and Juliet's Verona. See the town's Roman Arena.  You will also see a bronze statue of Juliet, standing below the balcony said to be the one where Juliet called to her Romeo.  Arrive in Venice, home of Marco Polo.

Day 3 -- Venice
Guided sightseeing ov Venice.Tour la Serenissima (the city's nickname meaning, "the most serene) at St. Mark's Square.   Saw the Grand Canal and the 324-foot Campanile (Bell Tower).  Had a guided tour of the Doges' Palace.  Saw a glass-blowing demonstration. Some of us took a boat to the island of Murano and visited several glass factories.

Day 4 -- Venice & Florence
Transferred to Florence, birthplace of the Italian language, the Renaissance and opera. Took guided sightseeing tour of Florence.  Visited Giotto's Bell Tower in the Piazza del Duomo. Visited the legendary Gates of Paradise.  Saw final resting places of Michelangelo, Machiavelli and  Galileo. Attended leather workshop. Had free time in Florence.

Day 5 -- Pisa, Florence, Siena
Excursion to Pisa and Siena. Spent the morning in the medieval city of Sienna, and the afternoon in Pisa.

Day 6 -- Florence & Assisi & Rome
Visited the meidieval city of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare, and  had a guided tour of the Basilica. Arrived in Rome. Had a guided bus tour of Rome.

 Day 7 -- Rome
Guided excursion to Vatican City. Visited the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, and the St. Peter's Basilica.  Had guided sightseeing tour of the Colosseum and Forum Romanum.

Day 8-- Excursion to Pompeii
We viewed the ruins of villas, ancient temples and Stabian Baths to learn how wealthy Romans lived 2,000 years ago.  Saw Mt. Vesuvius from every vantage point.

Day 9 -- Amalfi Coast
Transfer via Caserta to the Amalfi Coast
Continued to the Amalfi Coast with a stop in Caserta in the Campania region (birthplace of pizza, spaghetti and buffalo mozzarella.) Caserta sits among hills in southern Italy and is best known for its opulent Royal Palace, built by Charles IV to rival Versailles.   We saw what the Italian Baroque style was like as we explored some of the 1200 rooms open to the public.

Day 10 -- Capri & Sorrento
We crossed the Bay of Naples to the captivating Isle of Capri. We visited the very top of the Island by lift and  Anacapri.  Spent free time in Sorrento. Had bus tour of the Amalfi Coast and visited the seaport town of Positano.

Day 11 -- Montecassino & Rome
Visited the Abbey of Montecassino. Begun in 529 A.D. by St. Benedict, this monastery was destroyed and rebuilt four times.  Explored the Basilica Cathedral, gift shop and more.  Returned to Rome.

Day 12--Rome
Enjoyed a free day in Rome. Shopped and visited the Spanish Steps, English tea houses and more.

Day 13 -- Returned home via Frankfurt, Germany.
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HOTELS
(3 and 4 star rated)

Hotel Heron***(<---click hyperlink) [May 16-18, 2004]
Via Padova 3 Zona Faro
Lido Di Jesolo 30017 Italy
Telephone: 39 0421 97 12 43

Hotel Auto Park***(<---click hyperlink) [May 18-20,2004]
Via Valdegola 1
Florence 50127 Italy
Telephone: +39 055 431 771

Hotel La Pergola*** (<---click hyperlink)  [May 20-23, 2004]
Via dei Prati Fiscali 55
Rome 00141 Italy
Fax: +39 068124353
Telephone: +39 068107250
E-mail: info@hotellapergola.com

Hotel Aequa***(<---click hyperlink) [May 23-25, 2004]
Via Filangieri 51
Vico Equense 80069 Italy
Telephone: 39 081 801 53 31

Hotel Le Meridienne****(<---click hyperlink) [May 25-26, 2004]
Via Colle S. Agapito 1
Palestrina 00036 Italy
Telephone:  39 06 953 68 59

Hotel La Pergola*** (<---click hyperlink) [May 26-27, 2004]
Via dei Prati Fiscali 55
Rome 00141 Italy
Fax: +39 068124353
Telephone: +39 068107250
E-mail: info@hotellapergola.com

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Tour Requirements:

All tour members will designate some aspect of Italian culture or behavior they want to study.  Study tour members are studying on-line  and visiting links about the places we will be visiting.  We will also have one or several half-day meetings in  late April to early May.
 During the study tour we will  be keeping a journal and taking photos for a photographic essay on our studies and experiences.  Students who are studying particular aspects of  Italian culture and behavior will be responsible for developing a report on their specific content area(s).
 We will then compile our tour findings with pictures, essays and descriptions on a Web site for public education and viewing.  Tour participants will be receiving an EF backpack and guide, and a journal to keep notes on the trip at the May meeting.

Use this course web site and the Tour web site for study.  Enter tour site by going to: www.eftours.com/public/home.asp.  Enter Tour Number: 175943.
Or, go directly to my tour page.

On my tour page at EF, you will find links, suggested reading, suggested movies.  Read desination profiles, pack for your tour and travel smart sections. Pay particular attention to sections on appropriate clothing to take, money/currency, etc.



Other Related Links

My EF Educational Tour Site
Here study tour participants can check on their account, visit additional resources and links for the upcoming study tour.


EF Educational Tours Home Page
You can also enter the tour site from the home page.  Just enter the tour number: 175943

Links-Italy


Ancient Roman History Timeline
This site provides a chronology/index of the history of Ancient Rome with extensive Internet links.

Ancient Roman History Timeline
Provides confronology/index of history of Ancient Rome with extensive Internet links.

Augustus: Images of Power
Rome's first emperor. Site includes pictures of architecture and other works from Augustus' time.

Capri Island
Site includes what to see, images and more.

Chronology of Rome
Another chronological index of happenings in ancient Rome.

CIA- The World Factbook 2002-Italy
Contains demographic and other important information on Italy.

Cyber Italian
An online Italian language course.

DaVinci's The Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie-Milan, Italy
Discusses the refurbished art by da Vinci on one of the most popular paintings in history.

Historic Center of Florence
An Overview of Florence.

History of Italy
A historical overview of history.

Image Index of Rome
A collection of pictures on Roman art, architecture, tools and more.

Italian Architecture
On the architecture prevalent in Italy.

Italian Artists-Biographies
Includes biographies of artists and museums.

Italian Literature: 13th & 14th Centuries

Italian Literature:  15th & 16th Centuries

Italian Literature:  17th *& 18th Centuries

Italian Literature: 19th & 20th Centuries.

Italy for Visitors
An excellent site on just about everything you want to know about Italy.  Includes maps of the various regions.

Italy in a Flash
Includes information on transportation, weather, hotels, current issues, history and more.

Italy - Tourism in Italy
Includes information on planning your trip, special interest, travel tips, FAQs, news about Italy, regional links, site map and more.

Italy Travels
An overvies on Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples and France.

Italy's Volcanoe

John Paul II: The Millenial Pope
A very thorough write-up and analysis of the life and contributions of Pope John Paul II.  Includes vidoe excerpts, interviews and biography of the Pope's life and legacy and more.  Live recordings of the Pope's voice in music, chant and songs.

Official Vatican Site
The official site of the Vatican.  Includes links to the Vatican secret archives, the library, museums, the listing of canonized Saints, news and more.  Also includes the Pope's messages and liturgies.

Paolo Veronese
About the famous Venetian artist.

Piazza del Duomo, Pisa
Overview of Pisa with pictures.

Plotinus
Includes a discussion of the work of Plotinus.  Nine treatises, metaphysics and cosmology, psychology and epistemology, ethics, taught in Rome until his death.  Know as the father of Neoplatonism.

Roman Technology Handbook
A site about the tools and technology of ancient romans with related websites.

Sistine Chapel
A Panoramic Virtual Visit.

Sorrento, Italy
Pertinent information on Sorrento, including hotels, villas, and more.

The Italian Renaissance (1420-1600)
Art during the early and high renaissance periods.

The Romans Page
A site on the way of life of early Romans.

The Rome Project
Site on classical Rome, including literature,military, archaeology, political, philosophical, general, drama, reliogion, and more.  Also includes maps for printout.

The Vatican Museums
Includes much detail on the Vatican Museums, including its collections.

Things To See In Italy
An overview of many site seeing opportunities in Italy.

Travel Italy
More travel guidelines for Italy.