The Trip

Travel and learn with Carleton history professor William North and an expert local guide, sharing in the many highlights of this in-depth, 12-day adventure. Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites: Rome’s historic center, Tivoli’s Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, and Sicily’s Arab-Norman Palermo and Monreale Cathedral; plus a day trip to Vatican City, free time to relax and explore independently, and more.

We are pleased to offer this adventure which offers a second-to-none educational experience while being mindful of value, and features comfortable, 3-star accommodations. Enjoy the comfort and convenience of being based in just two hotels—one in the center of Rome and the other in the center of Palermo—allowing you easy access to local sights and restaurants. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural and religious histories of these cities through their magnificent displays of art and architecture, delving deep into Italy’s rich layers of history, from the ancient Romans to the medieval Normans and modern Italians.

Faculty Leader

William North joined the history faculty at Carleton in 1999, after receiving his PhD in medieval history from the University of California, Berkeley, and holding a post-doctoral fellowship in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. He has developed courses focused on the late Roman world, religion and society in the early Middle Ages, and a range of courses focused on the religious and political history of Rome. Bill has spent more than three years living in Italy and regularly co-teaches an off-campus studies program that brings together history, art history, urban studies, and religious studies in Rome, Ravenna, Venice, and Sicily; the content of this program is particularly dear to his heart. In his scholarship and teaching, he is particularly interested in the dynamics of religious, political, and cultural encounter; the role of art and architecture in communicating political and religious ideas and identities; and the ways in which the legacies of the ancient world are preserved and re-appropriated for contemporary purposes, especially within the Mediterranean World; he recently co-led an NEH Seminar in Rome on the theme Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome. In addition to being Professor of History and Chair of Department at Carleton, Bill has also directed the European Studies Concentration and currently co-directs the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor as well as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

Abbreviated Itinerary

Saturday, March 11, 2017: Depart USA
Sunday, March 12: Rome
Monday, March 13: Classical Rome
Tuesday, March 14: Rome | Tivoli | Rome
Wednesday, March 15: Religious Rome
Thursday, March 16: Rome | Vatican City | Rome
Friday, March 17: Baroque Rome
Saturday, March 18: Leonardo’s Rome
Sunday, March 19: Rome | Palermo, Sicily
Monday, March 20: Palermo
Tuesday, March 21: Palermo | Monreale | Palermo
Wednesday, March 22: Palermo | USA

Pricing Per Person

Double Occupancy (25 to 34 participants) $4,295
Double Occupancy (15 to 24 participants) $5,045
Single Supplement $375

Additional Information

To make a reservation or for more information please call 800-811-7244 or email Carleton College Alumni Adventures.

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