Come experience Southern Italy. Learn about the history of this great land in an intimate and personalized way. Meet locals and taste authentic food as we travel along the ancient Roman roads. Starting off in Rome, we will explore its entire splendor and visit Vatican City. We then travel to Naples and the site of Pompeii where we will get an up-close look at the tragedies that struck this ancient city. Our final destination is Sicily where we embark on a unique traditional food tour and visit olive plantations and ruins from the time of the Carthaginian Empire.
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Ages for this trip are 14 to 18 and/or students who will enter 9th grade in Fall of 2023 through 2023 graduating seniors. Parent/guardian permission required.
Fly overnight to Rome, Italy, and be met by the Stone & Compass staff as you arrive and check into your hotel.
Step back to the age of gladiators with a visit the Coliseum. Wander around the arena and appreciate the skill it took to build such a structure in the era of the Roman Empire. In the afternoon continue the tour through archeological and historical sites from the Roman Empire led by our own private archaeologist guide.
Learn the history of the Roman Empire outside of textbooks by visiting the National Museum and seeing the archeological sites with your own eyes. After lunch, it’s off to visit the markets, cafes, and cobblestone roads of Rome where you can pick up traditional souvenirs and handmade crafts.
Today we will find ourselves in the smallest country in the world, the Vatican. Observe the seat of the Catholic Church Explore the home of the Pope, Vatican City. We will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Vatican Museum. Admire the artwork of Renaissance and Baroque artists as you explore the small country that is the Vatican.
Travel to the seaside town of Naples and enjoy an afternoon exploring the history of the town. Explore “underneath” the ancient city as we tour underground waterways and an old Roman theatre and wander deep into the ancient catacombs. In the afternoon head to the Museo Cappella Sansevero and view the incredible sculptures. Dine along the waterfront in a traditional café.
Travel to Pompeii; this UNESCO world heritage site was once a prosperous Roman city but was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Spend the day exploring the excavation of the once great city and admire the history preserved beneath the ash.
Travel to Palermo, Sicily
Enjoy a day of exploration in Palermo. Follow along quaint pathways that lead to local cafes and endearing restaurants with some of the best traditional foods. In the afternoon, learn the trade of traditional Sicilian cooking in a private cooking class that culminates in a dinner under the stars.
Step back in time as we head out into the countryside and explore the amazing island. We will spend the afternoon visiting archaeological sites that date back to before the Roman Empire. In the afternoon we will tour a wonderful villa and return to Palermo for dinner.
Enjoy one last glimpse of this amazing country as you enjoy breakfast then it is off to home with memories that will last a lifetime.
Payment can be made in full or following the payment schedule below.
Due: February 1, 2023
Due: March 1, 2023