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.

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 Villages cling to the hillsides of the Amalfi Coast  The Greek theater of Taormina with Mt. Etna in the distance, Sicily  A main square in Taormina  <i>Trulli</i> houses of Alberobello  The "White Town" of Ostuni  The typical <i>barocco leccese</i> of Lecce's Santa Croce  Detail of the ornate sandstone carving of Lecce's <i>barocco leccese</i> style  Mediterranean garden along the Amalfi Coast  Town situated along Italy's renowned Amalfi Coast  Remarkable Pompeii, with Mount Vesuvius in the background  Typical street in Pompeii  Shop with counter and display area along a street in Pompeii  "Beware of Dog" floor mosaic at a house in Pompeii  Painted wall found in Pompeii  Detail of a painted wall in a house in Pompeii  Vessels and artifacts found in Pompeii  Artifacts found in Pompeii  Colorful boats in Capri's harbor  Capri Island  Square in Capri, known as a resort town since the Roman era
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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.


Katherine M.

There were so many moments to treasure. The people in our tour were all smart, friendly, great to get to know, and we all shared the joy of new experiences. We learned so much! 


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Katherine A. McIver

Katherine A. McIver

Sep 3 - 17, 2015

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 Women’s 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.

Luca Zavagno

Luca Zavagno

Sep 15 - 29, 2015
Luca Zavagno was born in Venice, where he received his B.A. degree in History from the University Ca’Foscari; he completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Birmingham on the society, culture, economics and politics of Byzantine cities. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities at Eastern Mediterranean University and Visiting Professor of Byzantine Art History at University Ca’Foscari of Venice. He is currently working on his forthcoming book An Island in Transition: Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (ca. 600-ca. 850) to be published by Cambridge UniversityPress.
Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval Mediterranean, of the edited volume Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters (with Özlem Caykent) and of Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (British Archaeological Reports-International Series, 2009), a book which explores the impact of important historical events on urban settlements in the Pontus (Amastris), Italy (Naples), western Anatolia (Ephesus), and Greece (Gortyn and Athens) during this period. He is also the co-organizer of the annual Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds (
http://medworlds7.univ-tln.fr/), Associate Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar (http://humweb.ucsc.edu/mediterraneanseminar/) and a Teaching Fellow of the School of Advanced Studies of the Università di Salerno.
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Sep 27 - Oct 11, 2015; Sep 13 - 27, 2016

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. He 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 at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara. He lectures often in Italy, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. Allan has recently published his travel book called Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca Schindler

Oct 7 - 21, 2016

Rebecca K. Schindler is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She teaches courses in Classical art and archaeology, Latin, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Classical literature. Rebecca has chaired the Department of Classical Studies at DePauw University and has served as the co-editor of the book reviews for The American Journal of Archaeology. Her research interests include the archaeology of Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily, Greek religion, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology, and the ethics of cultural heritage. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology and her PhD from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has also studied at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens and worked as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Rebecca's archaeological field experience includes projects in Tunisia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Italy. Since 2015 she has been working with Umbra Institute in Perugia on a field project at Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. She is finishing a book on sanctuaries of Aphrodite in Italy and Sicily. She currently serves as the president of the Central Indiana Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the co-PI of the Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology. Outside of her professional life, Rebecca is passionate about Italian food and enjoys exploring traditional markets and learning new recipes.