Southern Italy & Sicily
Savor the highlights of Sicily then travel to the “boot heel” of Apulia and the breathtaking Amalfi Coast—where each region reflects a unique history, architecture, and cuisine.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
We loved it!! We saw things we would never have been able to see on our own. Thank you for providing us with one of our most delightful and memorable journeys.”
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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. Dr. Chacón has led numerous successful travel abroad trips to Italy and has been a speaker for the Smithsonian Journeys program in western, central, and eastern Europe.
Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, film maker, photographer and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Venetian art, Byzantine art, and is an expert on the art and architecture of the island of Cyprus. Allan has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of north or ‘Turkish Cyprus’, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan teaches art history UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. He lectures often in Italy, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. Allan is currently working on a book on Palermo, Sicily called Palermo: Travels in the White City.
John Dobbins is a field archaeologist who has excavated in Spain, Italy, Greece, and Syria. He specializes in ancient Roman art, archaeology, architecture and urbanism, and he regularly teaches the History of Art I course at the University of Virginia. John holds the posts of the Richard A. & Sara Page Mayo NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Classical Art & Archaeology in the McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia. He is also director of the Pompeii Forum Project, a project that is rewriting the history of the forum in Pompeii. His 2007 co-edited book, The World of Pompeii, treats all aspects of Pompeian life. Professor Dobbins has over thirty years of experience in teaching on site, and his interests extend far beyond his Roman specialty. Professor Dobbins received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.A. (English Literature) from Boston University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan.
Katherine A. McIver, Professor Emerita of Art History at the University of Alabama Birmingham, received her Ph.D in Renaissance and Baroque art from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1992. She has taught a wide range of courses including Renaissance Art in Italy, Southern Baroque Art, the Art of Rome from Antiquity to the Baroque, the Art and Culture of Renaissance Venice, and Rome in the Age of Caravaggio and Artemisia Gentileschi. Her area of research is Italian Renaissance art and architecture with an emphasis on women as patrons of the arts and material culture. Her publications include: Women, Art, and Architecture in Northern Italy, 1520-1580: Negotiating Power. Awarded the Society for the Study of Early Modern Womens Book Prize, 2007; editor and contributor: Wives, Widows, Mistresses, and Nuns in Early Modern Italy: Making the Invisible Visible through Art and Patronage and co-Editor and contributor: The Ashgate Research Companion to Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe. She is currently writing a book on kitchens and dining in 16th century Italy to be published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. Perhaps her greatest pleasure is sharing with others her knowledge of Italian art, history and culture and she spends as much time as possible in Italy each year. She has led numerous student summer tours of Italy beginning in 1995, has lectured for professionally run tours and has guided individuals in Rome, Florence, and Venice.