The program will include a number of excursions on the island of Procida and the nearby island of Ischia, as well as half-day and full-day field trips to relevant sites in the Naples area. All of them are study trips included either in Ital 189 A or Ital 189 B. In these trips you will be introduced to some of the most famous places in all of Europe, and, at the same time, to a microcosm of Mediterranean history. The cost for all nine field trips is included in the Program/Course fee.
Half Day Trips
Procida by sea: boat tour of the island
This tour of Procida by boat, aboard the comfortable Ippocampo, will get you acquainted with the geological configuration of the island, and give you spectacular vistas of the nearby islands of Ischia and Capri, as wellof the three Procidan harbors of Chiaiolella, Marina Grande, and Ciricella. The latter is one of the most famous harbors of the Mediterranean, due to its superb position (lookingout towards Capri) and its extraordinary architecture (see below).
Procida: the Corricella harbor
Undoubtedly the best-known and most picturesque place on the island, the harbor of Corricella is also an important historic site. Its colorful architecture bears the marks of both maritime engineering and a fertile exchange between Arabs and Procidans. In fact, this harbor tell the history of the fascinating relationship between the northern and southern shores of the Mediterranean in the Middle Ages and early modern period. Our guided tour will reveal to you the mysteries of the "Scala Scura" (the dark stairway that constituted one of the only three entrances to the harbor from land), the Vascello (a group of ten houses enclosing a courtyard), and the many other unique characteristics of this one-of-a-kind fishing village.
Ischia: Archeological Museum Pythecusae
Ischia is the biggest of the Phlegrean islands and was also colonized in Greek times. A small archeological museum in a beautiful villa on the shore of Forio preserves all of the archeological treasures found on the island, in particular the famous "Nestor's cup," a priceless wine vessel from the 8th century BCE with an inscription of three verses from Homer's Iliad . Our visit to this museum will allow us to explore the fertile interaction between the ancient Greek world and the inhabitants of the Phlegrean islands.
Archeological area of Cuma
In the eight century BC, Eubean Greeks from the colony of Pythecusae (today’s Ischia) came on shore and founded Cuma, which thereby constituted the first Greek colony in peninsular Southern Italy and the seat of the famous female prophet, the Cumaean Sibyl. Guided by Prof. D’Acunto (Orientale University), director of the main archeological dig at Cumae, you will not only be taken on an unforgettable tour of the ancient ruins by a world-expert, but also shown the current dig site. Time permitting we will also visit the ruins of the Roman town of Baia, nearby, so that you may begin to take stock of the intricate dialogue and conflict among Magna Grecia (Southern Itlian Greek colonies), native populations, and Rome.
Full Day Trips
Home to three of the best preserved Greek temples in the world, and to the greatest collection of ancient Greek paintings, Paestum also offers the opportunity to visit the nearby lands inhabited by the Sannites, along with historic sites recalling the passage of the renowned Carthaginian general Hannibal in the 2nd Century BCE during his epic military campaign against Rome.
Herculaneum and Pompei
Thanks to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 CE, the "dead cities" of Herculaneum and Pompeii have been preserved almost intact through the centuries, buried under meters of ash and lava that petrified life at the moment of the eruption. Excavations have been underway since the 18th century, and the two towns present today the most spectacular and complete ruins of any known ancient Roman settlement. They also testify eloquently to the symbiotic relationship between Rome and the Mediterranean.
Capri: Roman Villas
Renowned since Roman times for its dramatic coastline and deep blue coastal waters, the famous resort island of Capri is home to twelve ancient Roman villas, including Villa Jovis, the imposing summer residence of the Emperor Tiberius (1st century CE). Along with these ancient villas, we will also visit the beautiful Mediterranean town of Anacapri, which attracts tourists from around the world.
Naples: Modern and Contemporary
The celebrated lungomare (coastal avenue) of Naples is the starting point for a very special tour that will take us from the symbols of nineteenth-century modernization, such as the elegant Galleria Umberto--a late nineteenth-century iron and glass shopping center--, to the fascist-era exhibition complex of the Mostra delle Terre d'Oltremare (Exhibition of the Italian Colonies), to the industrial and immigrant quarters of eastern Naples.