2022: Travel Study Opportunity: Italy, June 20 to July 10, 2023

Study, research and discover the artistic and cultural beauty of Italy as a country and as a major influence of Western civilization and the humanities. This is a remarkable opportunity to see Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Vatican City, Naples and Pompeii. Italy has a rich heritage with a timeline spanning all the major eras: Etruscan, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassical and Modern.

UNESCO data shows that Italy is home to 60% of the world’s cultural heritage: churches, cathedrals, archaeological sites, buildings, museums, houses and statues. Italy has 58 UNESCO World Heritage Sites – more than any other country. The nation is filled with some of the most fascinating cities in the world, filled with treasures of art and architecture that have profoundly influenced the course of history. The entire cities of Venice, Florence and Rome, along with Vatican City and Pompeii, have earned prestigious recognition as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in their own right.

program director

dr Mark Temelini ([email protected])
Professor of Italian, Institute for Romance Studies


ITAL 2033 – Travel Study: Introduction to Italian Civilization

This study trip through Italy offers a harmonious mixture of language, culture and landscape. It offers an overview of Italian civilization from its beginnings to the present day. Among the topics to be studied are the main Italian artistic and literary movements. Highlights include visiting different Italian cities and experiencing a unique immersion in Italian art, architecture, cuisine, history, religion, music, fashion and current events. (The course is taught in English, 3 credits, knowledge of Italian is not required. No previous knowledge is required)

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This year’s itinerary starts in Venice (4 nights), including the islands of Murano and Burano, and a day trip to Verona; and continues to Florence (4 nights) including a gastronomic tour of the Chianti wine region; and continues to Rome (11 nights), including Vatican City, and day trips to Pompeii and Naples.

Day 1: Departure from Canada. night flight.

Day 2: Arrival in Venice. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica.

Day 3: Venice. Cultural tour of the city.

Day 4: Venice to the islands of Murano and Burano.

Day 5: Venice – Verona, cultural city tour.

Day 6: Venice to Florence. Visit the Piazza del Duomo.

Day 7: Florence. Cultural tour of the city. Discover the symbols of the Medici

Day 8: Regional Food and Wine Tour from Florence to Chianti.

Day 9: Florence. Academy Gallery (Michelangelo’s David), “Last Supper” Tour.

Day 10: Florence to Rome. Walking tour of the Trastevere district.

Day 11: Rome, the ancient imperial city (Roman Forum, Colosseum).

Day 12: Rome. Walking tour from Piazza del Campidoglio to Piazza del Popolo.

Day 13: Rome – Vatican City. St. Peter’s Basilica. Sistine Chapel.

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Day 14: Rome. Historical city center (part 1). fountains and squares.

Day 15: Rome. Historical city center (part 2). Great basilicas.

Day 16: Rome to Pompeii. Archaeological tour (full day).

Day 17: Rome to Naples, cultural city tour including Archaeological Museum

Day 18: Rome. Catacombs and the mysterious mysteries of underground Rome.

Day 19: Rome. Day off. Group dinner.

Day 20: Rome. Walking Tour Via Veneto and Villa Borghese.

Day 21: Rome. Departure from Italy.

This course is open to anyone aged 18+ who wants to combine their love of travel with a cultural learning experience. Everyone is welcome to participate, with or without credit: students, alumni, friends, relatives, educators, and professionals. Participants can take this course without being a student at St. Thomas University.

travel requirements

A valid passport. International students should check with their diplomatic/consular representatives for specific information. Students must sign a liability waiver and provide proof of travel health insurance.

journey to Italy

The students are responsible for organizing their own flights. Please do not book air travel until you have confirmation that this program is definitely running. If students are interested in traveling together in the same group, please let Dr. Temelini with and arrangements can be made to book the same flight.

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$2950.00 (EUR)

costs included

  • registration
  • Tuition for 3 credit hours of classroom instruction
  • Airport-hotel transfer fees
  • 20 nights (double or triple occupancy)
  • 19 breakfasts
  • 1 “Welcome to Italy” pizza lunch in Venice
  • 1 lunch and wine tasting in the Chianti region
  • 1 dinner together in a renowned gastronomic restaurant in Rome
  • all entrance fees to museums, sights, cultural events attended as part of the course
  • Program related ground transportation (ship, bus, train, subway).

The cost is the same for participants who want to attend the course and take part in all daily activities.

The cost does not include

  • Air transport to and from Italy
  • Passport / Travel Visa
  • international health/travel insurance
  • course materials
  • daily lunch and dinner
  • Pocket money, souvenirs, other expenses.

How to apply

To register, please contact Dr. Mark Temelini at [email protected]

Checks or money orders are made payable to the “St. Thomas University” and presented to Dr. transmitted to Temelini.

Full payment is due on or before Thursday, March 16, 2023.

information events

For more details, you are welcome to attend one of the following information events:

  • Friday, October 28, 2022, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Edmund Casey Hall G11
  • Friday, November 25, 2022, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Edmund Casey Hall G11
  • Friday, January 27, 2023, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Edmund Casey Hall G11
  • Friday, February 24, 2023, 3:00-4:00 p.m., Edmund Casey Hall G11


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