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From Fri, Apr 13 to Sun, Apr 15


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WONDERS OF SICILY: FROM SIRACUSA TO THE ROMAN VILLA IN PIAZZA ARMERINA

From Fri, April 13 to Sun, April 15

Cost: 400€

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.
The area explored will involve South-eastern Sicily, ranging from Greek colonies (Siracusa and Ragusa – Ibla), to a Roman Villa in Piazza Armerina (Enna), with continuous timeline clashes and incursion into the Baroque art, admiring sumptuous cathedrals as in Noto, Caltagirone and Modica.
Local food and wine culture will be part of the experience, ranging from cannoli (sweet), to wine, to savoury opulent dishes and a typical type of chocolate from Modica.

Itinerary: 
Thursday: Departure from Florence to Rome by High Speed Frecciarossa train, then to Siracusa by overnight train (accommodation in 4-bed wagons)
Friday: Arrive in Siracusa, walking tour of the city and tasting of cannoli. Free time for lunch and hotel check-in. Afternoon transfer by bus to Noto and visit of the ancient baroque town. Then proceed to the area of Avola for a visit to one of the wine producer of the area, including a tasting based on local wine and food.
Saturday: Breakfast in hotel, departure by bus to Piazza Armerina. Visit of the Cathedral and the Roman Villa, which has some of the best preserved mosaic floors of the Roman time. Transfer to Caltagirone, free time for lunch, then visit of the city known for its craft of ceramics, where we will view the Museo della Ceramica, the famous Scalinata (stairs) al Santa Maria del Monte, the wonderful garden open to the public. Return to Siracusa for a group dinner and free time for the rest of the evening.
Sunday: Breakfast in hotel and check-out. Leave luggage at the hotel. Transfer by bus to Ragusa and visit of the city. Transfer to Modica for a visit to an antique chocolate shop and tasting of the famous Cioccolato di Modica. Transfer to Portopalo di Capo Passero and spend some time at the beach.Return to Siracusa in the evening and departure to Rome and then Florence by overnight train. Arrival in Florence on Monday morning.

The fee 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
  • Excursions 
  • 2 meals
  • Cannoli tasting
  • Handouts
  • Field learning staff
  • Insurance
The fee 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 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: 
Fri, April 6

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