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.”
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, 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.
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 has recently published his travel book called Palermo: Travels in the White City (2015).
Renee Gondek is an art historian specializing in the visual culture of ancient Greece and Rome. In addition to her affiliation with the University of Virginia, where she is a Steering Committee Member of a digital humanities project for ancient pottery (Kerameikos.org), Renee is also a Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and a researcher at the Center for Hellenic Studies of Harvard University. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia's Classical Art and Archaeology program in 2013 and is currently working on her book manuscript for Cambridge University Press ("Athenian Wedding Imagery in Archaic and Classical Greek Vase-Painting"). Apart from offering courses with the Smithsonian Associates and at several universities (University of Virginia, James Madison University, George Washington University), Renee has taught undergraduate students abroad for Semester at Sea and has acted as a docent for Context Travel in Athens, Greece.
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.