Travel 2020: Italy

Viene con noi in Italia! (Come with us to Italy!)

Join Hartwick College’s first alumni travel venture. An exclusive Italian experience for alumni, parents, and friends. Guided by Hartwick Art History professors Dr. Betsey Ayer and Dr. Doug Zullo, you will visit historical and cultural sites of Rome, Orvieto and Florence.

January 25 – February 4, 2020

This is the opportunity of a lifetime!

  • An exceptional, faculty-led experience.
  • By Hartwick, for Hartwick alumni, parents, and friends.
  • See some of the world’s finest works of art.
  • Walk through history in ancient ruins.
  • Marvel at architectural achievements through the ages.
  • Enjoy fine wines and authentic Italian cuisine.
  • Take opportunities to explore (and shop!) on your own.
“Rome is called the eternal city with good reason. Every visit is a new glimpse into the palimpsest that is her history. Whether it’s a visit or revisit, Italy never fails to charm.”

Art History Professor Betsey Ayer

Eleven Day Itinerary

Day 1 (January 25)
Arrive in Rome on your own. We’ll gather to get acquainted and enjoy a welcome dinner together. A post-dinner stroll will take us to Trevi Fountain, one of the world’s most famous fountains.

Day 2 (January 26)
Our first adventure will be a tour of the Colosseum – the largest amphitheater ever built – as well as historic temples and other buildings in the Roman Forum. The Baths of Caracalla beckon. This architectural marvel dating to the 3rd century houses the most extensive Roman baths still in existence.

Day 3 (January 27)
We’re off to Galleria Borghese in the opulent Cardinal’s palace. Here we’ll see paintings by masters including Raphael, Titian, and Caravaggio and sculptures by Bernini. At the Jewish Museum of Rome and the Great Synagogue of Rome, we’ll learn about one of the oldest Jewish communities of the world. That evening we’ll enjoy dinner together in the Jewish Quarter.

Day 4 (January 28)
We’ll immerse ourselves in the extraordinary Vatican City. At the Vatican Museums, we’ll see unparalleled collections of art, stunning antiquities, and the world-famous Sistine Chapel with its Renaissance frescoes by Michelangelo. At St. Peter’s Basilica we’ll explore the center of Roman Catholicism.

Day 5 (January 29)
Stepping back 2,000 years into the Pantheon, we’ll visit a stunning reminder of the Roman Empire and the best preserved of the city’s ancient monuments. At the Piazza Navona, we’ll enjoy restaurants, gelato, and artists in this beautiful Baroque space centered on Bernini’s Fountains of the Four Rivers. The afternoon will be free to explore on your own.

Day 6 (January 30)
We’ll head to the medieval, walled town of Orvieto, set on a cliff in Umbria between Rome and Tuscany. There we’ll take in the duomo and its stunning 13th century architecture, appreciating its interior frescoes, mosaics, the Rose Window, and sculptures. We’ll explore Orvieto’s fascinating underground passageways dating to the Etruscan era, gaining a rare perspective on history. That afternoon we’ll enjoy a wine tasting at a local restaurant and take time to wander the medieval streets.

Day 7 (January 31)
We’ll travel north from Orvieto to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, where we’ll marvel at extraordinary works of art.

Day 8 (February 1)
Our day will be devoted to the extraordinary works of art in the Uffizi Gallery, including paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Raphael, and Caravaggio. At the Accademia we’ll marvel at Michelangelo’s David sculpture and see the stunning architectural site of the Duomo and octagonal Baptistery.

Day 9 (February 2)
Morning will take us to the home of a wealthy medieval Florentine family, the Palazzo D’Avanzati. After that, we’ll stroll the Mercato Centrale, an enormous multi-vendor market filled with foods of all types. Plan to enjoy a panini there or head out for lunch on your own. After an afternoon hike up the winding streets of Florence, we will be rewarded with the medieval church of San Miniato al Monte and breathtaking views of the city.

Day 10 (February 3)
We’ll have an optional cooking class or take the day for more shopping and sightseeing. We’ll bid farewell to Florence and Italy with a group dinner.  

Day 11 (February 4)
Check out of the hotel and head home. Arrivederci Roma and Firenze!

“Everywhere you go in Italy, you’re conscious of thousands of years of history. And even though we think of the Roman Empire as ‘ancient,’ so many of its ideas continue. Rome is still very much with us!”

— Art History Professor Doug Zullo

Our tour will be physically active.

You should expect to:

  • Be on your feet, walking and standing, for a few hours a day outdoors and in churches and museums.
  • Carry and/or roll your luggage over historic cobblestones for a few blocks (buses can’t always drop us off in the historic centers).
  • Maybe sleep with street noise.

Italy’s weather at this time of year is typically in the 40s and 50s, with some days reaching the 60s.

Costs & Accommodations

The cost of this extraordinary opportunity is $3,500 per person. This includes:

  • four star lodging, double occupancy (single occupancy rate by request)
  • entrance fees
  • transportation within Italy
  • four group dinners
  • breakfast every day at our hotels
  • private tours by our own faculty experts

Hartwick College can coordinate with travelers wishing to depart from JFK airport. The cost of airfare will be on your own.

Space is limited, reserve your spot today!

 Make Your Reservation

For more information, contact Pat Dopazo at or 607-431-4020.

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