Explore Italy's fascinating island of Sicily in depth from two locations on the island during this special Cultural Stay. At this crossroads of the Mediterranean, you'll discover a unique blend of cultural influences—from the Greeks, Romans, Moors, and Normans to later civilizations.

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 The Greek theater of Taormina with Mt. Etna in the background  The Palatine Chapel, Palermo  The Greek temple of Segesta  The famous mosaics within the cathedral at Monreale  Palermo's Cathedral  The view of coastal Cefalú  Mosaic ceiling in the cathedral in Cefalú  The Romanesque cathedral of Cefalú  The castle of Erice   Temple of Concord, Valley of the Temples, Agrigento  Mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale, Piazza Armerina  Mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale, Piazza Armerina  Mosaics at the Roman Villa del Casale, Piazza Armerina  The baroque cathedral of Ortygia, Siracusa  The Greek theater of Siracusa  Coastal view near Taormina

Palermo and Taormina

A Stay in Sicily

10 days from $5,290

Explore Italy's fascinating island of Sicily in depth from two locations on the island during this special Cultural Stay. At this crossroads of the Mediterranean, you'll discover a unique blend of cultural influences—from the Greeks, Romans, Moors, and Normans to later civilizations.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Spending two weeks staying in two sites was really good... it meant far less packing and repacking and less fatigue. Our group was very congenial, and that was one of the high points if not the high point of our trip.

- Stephen B.

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Apr 28 - May 7, 2021 Departure
Glenn Bugh

Glenn Bugh

Glenn R. Bugh is associate professor of Classical Studies and Byzantine History at Virginia Tech.  He holds a PhD from the University of Maryland and has been a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens; the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.; and a research scholar at the Hellenic Institute for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice, Italy. Professor Bugh served as the Summer Session Director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens in 2000 and 2011, and was the Whitehead Visiting Professor at the American School in 2004-2005, where he offered a graduate seminar on “Venice and Greece.”  He has published numerous articles and two books entitled The Horsemen of Athens (Princeton University Press) and The Cambridge Companion to the Hellenistic World (Cambridge, 2006).  He also edited the revised edition of Kevin Andrews’ classic work, Castles of the Morea (Princeton, 2007).  He teaches courses on Greek language & culture and on Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, and Balkan history.  Professor Bugh has served as a lecturer on Smithsonian Journeys to Greece, Italy, the Adriatic, and the Black Sea since 1984 and has offered seven Smithsonian Associates seminars since 1998.  He served as Chairman of the Council of Member Institutions of the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria from 2004-2014.  Professor Bugh has also been a frequent teaching faculty at Virginia Tech’s Charles Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland and in Spring 2014 at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.  He was the recipient of the Virginia Tech 2013 Alumni Award for Excellence in International Education, the highest award that the university gives in this area.

May 12 - 21, 2021 Departure
Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell

Gillian Hovell is an ancient historian and an archaeologist. She previously worked at BBC Television and is an award-winning freelance writer, author, and public speaker, specializing in archaeology, ancient history, and prehistory.  Gillian is actively involved in digs at major sites, including Orkney's famous Ness of Brodgar Neolithic site, and she also lectures across the United Kingdom regularly. Gillian holds a degree in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University in England. Gillian looks forward to sharing  how archaeological finds and sites are full of human life and passion, and that history and archaeology are not just about the past, they’re everywhere, and they add color, depth and meaning to our lives today.  Gillian is a lecturer at the British Museum in a London and  York University.  

Sep 1 - 10, 2021 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale grew up on Vancouver Island wondering what the rest of the world was like and has spent much of his adult life finding out. Allan is an art and architectural historian, photographer, filmmaker, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. He has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Greek, Roman, Byzantine (including Georgian and Armenian architecture), and Indian and Islamic art and architecture. He currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz as a lecturer.

Along with several articles, Allan wrote the definitive architectural field guide to the little-known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made the award-winning documentary film The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). His travel books include Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015) and The Hippodrome of Istanbul / Constantinople: An Illustrated Handbook of its History (2019).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the eastern Mediterranean, the Black Sea region, the Middle East—including Jordan and Egypt—and India.

Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2021 Departure
Sara James

Sara James

Sara N. James, Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin University, combines her passion for art, architecture, and gardens with her sense of adventure and love of travel. She specializes in Italian Renaissance art with a particular passion for narrative fresco programs. However, over her 30-year teaching career, Sara has taught courses in Renaissance (Italian and Northern), Baroque, Greek, Roman, Medieval, and English art and architecture, as well as interdisciplinary honors courses. She also served as director of the Renaissance Studies Abroad Program, teaching students on site in Italy and Northern Europe. An avid gardener and garden lover, she is a certified Master Gardener and a member of the Garden Club of Virginia and the Garden Club of America. Her publications include two books: Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time (Ashgate, 2003) and Art in England from the Saxons to the Tudors: 600-1600 (Oxbow/Casemate, 2016) and numerous chapters, articles, and reviews. Her frequent speaking engagements include the Renaissance Society of America, the College Art Association, the Chief Executives Organization, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Sara holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia. She has spent three sabbaticals at the American Academy in Rome and one at the Paul Mellon Centre in London. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and currently serves on the faculty of the OLLI life learning program at the University of Virginia.