Every year an interesting Italian adventure is offered by the Office of International Programs. All alumni and friends of Duquesne University are invited to join us. Dr. Jean Anne Hattler, Director of Short-Term Programs and Michael Wright, Director of our Italian Campus in Rome co-lead the trip.
2014 Italian Adventure: Rome and Sicily: June 4-17, 2014
This year our Alumni and Friends adventure in Italy will take us to the sun-drenched island of Sicily which offers fascinating layers of history and some of the most renowned cuisine in all of Italy. Two miles off the "toe" of Italy, Sicily contains one of the greatest concentrations of historical and archaeological landmarks in the Mediterranean. Its exotic cultural identity has one foot in Europe and the other in North Africa.
Join us as we share fabulous sites, incredible food and the secret treasurers of Italy:
Our Italian Adventure will begin in the "Eternal City" of Rome on June 5.
We have two days of special sightseeing here, as well as a visit to Duquesne's Campus in Rome to meet some of our summer school students.
Then, we'll take an overnight cruise ship to Palermo, the vibrant and welcoming capital of Sicily. We will spend two days exploring some of the greatest sights and museums in Sicily, including a 12th Century Norman Cathedral.
Our next stop will be San Vito Io Capo, a very unique city and the couscous capital of Italy. From San Vito Io Capo, we travel to Segesta to see an amazing temple and a theater dating from the 5th Century BC.
Then we are on our way to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples, truly one of the most memorable and evocative sights of the ancient world. Agrigento was a very prosperous ancient Greek colony.
Our final stops include Siracusa and Taormina, below the looming volcanic slopes of Mt. Etna, where we will spend our days relaxing by the beaches, shopping in trendy boutiques, or exploring the rich history that only a city dating from the 4th Century BC can provide. At the end of our wonderful adventure, we will fly from Catania to begin our journey home.