Italy: Monuments and Masterpieces

Inhabit the spaces once walked by Julius Caesar, Donatello, and Marco Polo.

Explore ancient Roman monuments, medieval palaces, and Renaissance and Baroque churches in Rome, Florence, and Venice, guided by a Ph.D.-educated Italian art specialist. Study Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, & Baroque art immersed in its cultural context.

Practice your newly learned Italian exploring Italy’s contemporary urban environment. Wander the Roman Campus Martius, sketch along the Arno River in Florence, and get lost among Venice’s labyrinthine canals.

ARTH – 480: Tour Italy: Monuments and Masterpieces

Dates: January 2 – 16, 2017 (Fall 2016 course)
Cost: $2000 Includes accommodation, breakfasts, train travel, activities and select meals. (Price not inclusive of flight).
Registration: Register for this great opportunity during Spring Advising for your fall ’16 schedule! Registration deadline: Sept. 1 2016.
Credits: 3 Art History Credits


Will will begin our visit to each city with a walking tour, to learn about the city’s history and to develop an understanding of its layout. Days will be filled with activities – evenings will be free time to explore the nightlife.

Jan 2: Fly to Italy

Jan 3 – 7: Rome

Visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum; descend into the thousand year history of the medieval church of San Clemente; visit the Caravaggio paintings of San Luigi dei Francesi and the Bernini sculptures of Santa Maria della Vittoria; visit the Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s.


Jan 7 – 11: Florence

Visit the world famous Galleria degli Uffizi (see artworks by Giotto, Botticelli, & Raphael) and the Accademia (the location of Michelangelo’s David and other unfinished sculptures by the same artist); climb the 463 steps to the top of Brunelleschi’s famous dome.


Jan 11 – 15: Venice

Visit the Byzantine church of St. Mark’s, the art-bedecked Doge’s palace, and numerous museums; go on a “commuter gondola” ride across the Grand Canal; explore the prized collection of modern art at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.


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Pierette Kulpa, Ph.D.
Art History Faculty