Travel to the Italian Lake District, the Riviera, and other gems of Northern Italy as you soak up Italian culture.

Starting at: $5,499 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Vernazza, one of Italy's charming towns known as the Cinque Terre, along the Riviera  The village of Stresa, located on Lake Maggiore  The lovely Borromean island of Isola Bella, located on Lake Maggiore  Milan's renowned cathedral  The seaside town of Vernazza, one of the Cinqueterre villages  The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  The city of Florence and the famous Duomo  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  The Campo or main piazza in Siena  The facade and distinctive belltower of Siena's cathedral  The Tuscan hill town of Volterra  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers  The quintessential Tuscan landscape with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses   The Grand Canal of Venice  View of the Doge's Palace and Campanile from the canal in Venice  Venice

Northern Italy

Featuring the Italian Lake District, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Alpine Tyrol, and Venice

15 days from $5,499 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel to the Italian Lake District, the Riviera, and other gems of Northern Italy as you soak up Italian culture.

or Call 855-330-1542

Sep 24 - Oct 7, 2016 Departure
Rafael Chacón

Rafael Chacón

H. Rafael Chacón is Professor of Art History and Criticism at The University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his doctorate in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in Renaissance sculpture. He has written on a range of topics related to Renaissance and Baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. northwest during the late 19th century. Rafael has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been an expert for Smithsonian Journeys programs in Western, Central, and Eastern Europe.

Apr 25 - May 9, 2017 Departure; Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2017 Departure; Oct 10 - 24, 2017 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

May 16 - 30, 2017 Departure
Trudy  Harrington Becker and Andrew Becker

Trudy Harrington Becker and Andrew Becker

Dr. Trudy Harrington Becker is Associate Chair of the Department of History, Virginia Tech where she teaches courses on Roman history and Greek history, as well as courses such as Modern Uses and Receptions of the Ancient World.   Trudy has an undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross, earned a MA in Classics at the University of North Carolina, and Ph.D. in Roman Studies at the University of Florida. She also studied at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. Trudy has published on the Classical Tradition in the United States, including many articles on classical education in the 19th century. 

Dr. Andrew Becker, Associate Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, did his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, earned a MA at Cambridge University (England), and received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Andrew also studied and worked at the Ionic Centre in Chios, Greece and has published numerous articles on Roman and Greek literature and culture as well as a book on Homer’s Iliad.  He teaches courses on Latin and Ancient Greek languages and literatures, English literature, and ancient Roman culture.  He currently serves as President of the Society of the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature.

Dr. Trudy Harrington Becker and Dr. Andrew Becker have been frequent teaching faculty at Virginia Tech’s Center for European Studies and Architecture in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.  For four years they served jointly as Organizers of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Spring Program in Switzerland (2006-2009).  Trudy and Andrew have led more than a dozen academic trips to Rome, including summer study abroad courses.  They teach together on campus as well; and last year taught a highly popular course on The Cities of Rome.   Both are award winning teachers, advisors and mentors. In addition, in 2013 Andrew and Trudy received their college’s Award for Excellence in International Initiatives, and in 2014 they jointly received the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, the highest award that the university gives in this area. 

Sep 19 - Oct 3, 2017 Departure
Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian and graduate of Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. She has been a frequent speaker on international study tours for 17 years. Her research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, Turkey, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal and North Africa numerous times. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and Hunter College. A resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at Ellis Island and New York City'’s historic City Hall.