Excursions

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Each Veritas program includes several excursions designed to help students gain a more in-depth cultural and historical understanding of the host country and region. Excursions are included in the program cost and cover ground transportation, entrance fees, and guided tours. Accommodations and breakfast are included on all overnight excursions. Some excursions may not be available for all terms. Optional excursions may be provided at an extra cost.

 

 

FLORENCE & THE CHIANTI REGION

Explore the "Cradle of the Renaissance," home to artists such as Michelangelo, Masaccio, Donatello and Ghiberti, and view their masterpieces as you tour the famous Uffizi Gallery. Wander through the central square and marvel at Brunelleschi's towering Duomo and Ghiberti's golden Gates of Paradise. Spend the afternoon walking through the bustling San Lorenzo market where you can find everything from pasta and vegetables to purses, belts and shoes. End the day by enjoying stunning views of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo.
 

HILLTOWNS OF CENTRAL ITALY

Enjoy the beautiful green rolling hills of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. While exploring the well-preserved medieval towns and surrounding vineyards that dot the hillsides, students experience the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val'Dorcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.
 

SORRENTO, CAPRI & POMPEII

On this multi-day excursion, students will visit various locations around southern Italy's beautiful Bay of Naples! First, students head to Mt. Vesuvius for a quick tour before heading to Sorrento for an overnight stay. Best known for its eruption in 79 AD, students will visit the national park by foot.

In Sorrento, students will enjoy the dramatic views of Mt. Vesuvius against the magnificent blue Mediterranean. This coastal town - famous for their lemon digestive, limoncello - has attracted poets, song writers, and travelers since the 16th century. Students find Sorrento to be the perfect lodging choice for the weekend in the Bay of Naples.

Next, take a ferry to Capri and enjoy the azure waters, stunning cliffs and luscious flora of this Mediterranean gem. Once on the island, students can tour the famous Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro and the quaint village of Anacapri, or spend the day exploring the archeological excavations of the ancient Roman villa of Tiberius and the gardens of Ottaviano Augusto.

Students complete the weekend excursion with a visit to the ancient city of Pompeii. They will experience traditional Pompeian life, meticulously preserved by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. In its day, Pompeii was a popular agricultural and vacation center for the Roman elite. Visit spectacular features of Pompeii such as the Roman arena, amphitheater and baths.