Ancient Rome and the South of Italy
Heading to Italy’s atmospheric south is an unmissable part of the Italian experience, not least because it contains some of the country’s best architecture, ancient treasures and culinary delights- it is after all the birthplace of the pizza! Naples, Italy’s third largest city, is a bustling metropolis crammed with palaces, castles, and churches to rival Rome, and its historical center is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Students will get an exclusive private tour of the Catacombe di San Gennaro with the Director of the Museum while in the city.
Moving away from energetic Naples, visiting the vast archaeological site of Pompeii is to truly step back in time. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The site is extremely well-preserved, due to the fact that it was only accidentally rediscovered in 1748, and since then has provided an extraordinary insight into life during the Roman Empire. The quaint towns of Sorrento and Capri are also nearby and well worth a visit.