To get a nuanced view of Rome, it helps to hit the road. Centristi pack their bags for excursions ranging from several hours to several days. At no extra cost.

A Week on the Bay of Naples

When the Centro classroom shifts to the Bay of Naples, the cities buried and preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius grant stunning views of daily Roman life.  Hovels and hostels, bakeries and baths, brothels and bars, mansions and markets – Centristi encounter the full range of urban existence.  Seaside villas, the cave of the Cumaean Sybil, the best preserved Greek temples from the ancient world, and unparalleled archaeological museums round out the experience.

Day-trips from Rome

Whether you read Vergil’s Aeneid or the story of Romulus in Livy, it quickly becomes clear that Rome imagined its origins as a mixture of different peoples and traditions – Latins, Sabines, Etruscans, and others.  Therefore, Centristi spelunk into Etruscan tombs, study strategically-planted Roman colonies, marvel at monumental shrines, and witness Italic influence on Roman art and architecture.

“Listening to lectures about Roman history in a lecture hall doesn't hold a candle to seeing the ruins of Pompeii or the Greek temples of Sicily or the Roman Forum up close and in person.”

– Carolyn Pohl, Washington University in St. Louis

Elsewhere in Italy

Exploring outside the caput mundi allows Centristi to gain a richer sense of Rome’s place in its world.  Destinations vary each year to best leverage faculty expertise. Centristi have set out for Sicily, Ravenna and Emilia Romagna, and Umbria. Whatever the itinerary, venturing around Italy offers the chance to learn about Rome’s interactions with the peninsula’s other peoples, to consider Roman exploitation of its territory, and to offer a point of comparison between ancient cultures.

Elsewhere in Italy

Exploring outside the caput mundi allows Centristi to gain a richer sense of Rome’s place in its world.  Destinations vary each year to best leverage faculty expertise. Centristi have set out for Sicily, Ravenna and Emilia Romagna, and Umbria. Whatever the itinerary, venturing around Italy offers the chance to learn about Rome’s interactions with the peninsula’s other peoples, to consider Roman exploitation of its territory, and to offer a point of comparison between ancient cultures.

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