Ancient History and Art in Italy

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Ancient History and Art in Italy

A combined study tour for Ancient History and Visual Arts students

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Villa of the Mysteries, Pompeii


This 15 day itinerary, visiting Italy’s great historical and artistic cities, is specifically designed for senior secondary History and Visual Arts students. The tour begins on the Bay of Naples, where the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in AD79 created the best preserved archaeological sites in Europe. In Rome, students will discover the city in the late Republic and early Empire, as well as viewing significant classical and Renaissance art. The tour continues with an exploration of the Renaissance masterpieces found in Tuscany, Umbria and northern Italy. During the journey, students can observe first hand the evolution of Italian decorative arts from the late Republican/early Imperial era, through the Renaissance and then into the Baroque period. In addition to covering core syllabus areas, the itinerary provides the opportunity for students to enjoy some of the highlights of Italian architecture and culture.

Summary itinerary and highlights

  • Day 1: Depart Australia.
  • Day 2-5: Bay of Naples. Spend 3 days exploring key archaeological sites, including Pompeii, Herculaneum and the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. Ascend to the summit of Mt Vesuvius.
  • Day 6-7: Rome. Enjoy walking tours of Classical and Renaissance Rome and visit the masterpieces of the Vatican Museums and St Peters.
  • Day 8: Assisi. Tour the medieval basilica of St Francis with frescoes by Giotto, before continuing on to Florence.
  • Day 9-10: Florence. Over 2 days visit Florence’s famous galleries – the Accademia and the Uffizi – and explore the fascinating medieval and Renaissance streets and buildings.
  • Day 11-13: Venice. Travel to Venice via the stunning mosaics of Ravenna. In Venice, explore the modern and Renaissance art of Europe’s most beautiful city, and enjoy time to visit St Mark’s square and basilica.
  • Day 14: Depart Venice.
  • Day 15: Arrive Australia.

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