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Crossroads of Cultures
From Fri, Nov 17 to Sun, Nov 19


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CROSSROADS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CULTURES

Fri, November 17 - Sun, November 19

Cost: 380€

Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea; along with surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Autonoma Siciliana (Sicilian Autonomous Region). It extends from the tip of the Appennine peninsula, from which it is separated only by the narrow Strait of Messina, towards the North African coast. Its most prominent landmark is Mount Etna, which is at 3,320m (10,890ft) the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world. Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature, cuisine, architecture and language. Sicily also holds importance for archaeological and ancient sites.

Itinerary: 
Thursday: Departure from Florence to Rome by High Speed Frecciarossa train, then to Catania by overnight train (accommodation in 4-bed wagons).
Friday: Arrive in Catania, walking tour and tasting of cannoli. Free time for lunch and hotel check in. Transfer by bus to a winery on the Mount Etna. Group dinner based on local products and wine tasting. Walking tour to the city center and free time for the rest of the evening.
Saturday: Breakfast in hotel, visit to the local market. Hiking excursion on the Etna Volcano. Return to Catania and free time for the rest of the evening.
Sunday: Breakfast in hotel and check-out. Departure to Taormina, visit of the small town and its archeological sites. Free time in the afternoon, group dinner, then transfer by bus to the train station for the overnight ride back to Rome/Florence.
Arrival in Florence on Monday morning at around 9.20am.

The activity includes:
  • Round trip transportation by an overnight train from Florence
  • Private bus transfer in Sicily
  • 2 nights in hotel (multiple room) with breakfast
  • Entrance to the sites
  • Volcano excursion
  • 2 meals
  • Cannoli tasting
  • Handouts
  • Field learning staff assistance
  • Insurance
The activity does not include:
Whatever is not listed in the "included" paragraph

Learning outcomes:
  • Define the impact of Greek culture on the Italian Peninsula and demonstrate how Western Culture is rooted in Greek civilization.
  • Analyze Sicily as one of the first examples of a multicultural society.
  • Compare the historically different development of Southern and Northern Italy and the origin of the Southern Question.
  • Evaluate the connections between territory and economy and the efforts of Sicilians to emancipate themselves from centuries-old economic backwardness.
  • Identify the flourishing of Baroque art in Sicily.
  • Analyze the effects of volcanic eruptions on the lives and economic activities of the people living near it.
Payment deadline: 
Mon, November 6


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