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Sicily: Taormina & Mondello

May 16-26, 2008 (New Dates)
May 2-12, 2008 (Previous Dates)
Faculty: Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural History
Price: $2,845 per person, double occupancy, land only + VAT $95 per person. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement $500 per person
Air- inclusive Price: $4,124 per person, double occupancy, economy class air from Washington Dulles
+ VAT $95 per person.

Registration is Open

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Join U.Va. Professor Lisa Rielly on the island where she has done much research and explore the cultural crossroads of the ancient world with an expert. Sicily abounds with enchanting natural beauty, fascinating folklore, and incomparable cuisine. We begin our discovery of this fascinating island in Taormina, and see its many Greek, Roman, and medieval monuments. We'll marvel at the island's scenic splendor during a drive to the volcanic crater of Mt. Etna, and explore archaeological ruins in Syracuse. En route to Mondello, we view the Roman Villa del Casale in Piazza Armerina and the remains of the Greek colony at Agrigento. In Palermo, Sicily's largest city, we'll admire stunning architecture and enjoy the mosaics of the cathedral in Monreale. Then we'll discover the impressive Doric temple at Segesta, the mountaintop town of Erice, and the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù.

Join U.Va. alumni and friends for a journey of discovery in Sicily!

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Program Highlights

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Lisa Reilly, Associate Professor, Department of Architectural History
Lisa Reilly's chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. With Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman art and architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She co-teaches a course entitled Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome during U.Va.'s January term.

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Day 1 - Sicily

Depart a gateway city for Catania, Sicily. (Flight provided for Air Package participants only.)

Day 2 - Taormina

Upon arrival, we transfer to the Hotel Continental in the seaside resort of Taormina. (Transfer provided for Air Package participants only.) This evening, we'll gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.
Hotel Continental (B, L, D)

Day 3 - Taormina

Today's walking tour showcases Taormina's many highlights, including the ancient Teatro Greco with its marvelous acoustics and natural setting. Taormina has Greek, Roman, and medieval attractions, but the town also possesses a natural beauty. The view from the city includes Mount Etna. The afternoon is ours to spend strolling the Corso Umberto I, Taormina's principal thoroughfare.
Hotel Continental (B, L, D)

Day 4 - Syracuse

On the island of Ortygia, we'll see the medieval and baroque Old Town. Its Piazza del Duomo is one of Sicily's most elegant squares. Back on the mainland, discover the exceptional ruins in the Archeological Park, including the most complete Greek theater existing from antiquity
Hotel Continental (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Mount Etna

We embark on an exhilarating motor coach ride to the spectacular crater of Mount Etna, Europe's largest volcano, rising 10,958 feet above sea level. The afternoon is at leisure in Taormina.
Hotel Continental (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Mondello

En route to Mondello, we'll visit Piazza Armerina and its Roman Villa del Casale, an ancient imperial villa, then continue to Agrigento's Valley of the Temples. Our focus is on theevents of July 10, 1943, when over 160,000 Allied troops invaded Sicily near Agrigento. Upon arrival in Mondello, we check into the Mondello Palace Hotel.
Mondello Palace Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Palermo and Monreale

We'll discover the Gothic, Moorish, and Norman architecture of Palermo. We'll find that Monreale's most breathtaking views are inside its famous cathedral, the Sicilian Romanesque Santa Maria la Nuova, which houses one of the world's largest displays of mosaics.
Mondello Palace Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Segesta

We travel to Segesta to see the Doric temple and theater, one of the world's best-preserved architectural sites, in this abandoned ancient city heavily influenced by the Greeks. Then we explore the sights of mountaintop Erice, with its old stone streets, medieval churches, and hilltop castles. Our lunch is served at an olive farm.
Mondello Palace Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Cefalù

We journey to the picturesque fishing village of Cefalù to see its impressive architecture. The highlight is the 12th-century Duomo, a magnificent Romanesque cathedral. This evening, we gather for a Graduation Ceremony and special Farewell Reception and dinner.
Mondello Palace Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Catania

We transfer to Catania for an afternoon flight to Munich, Germany. At the airport, we will be escorted to the Kempinski Hotel Airport for check-in.

Day 11 - U.S.

We proceed to the airport for the return flight to the gateway city. (Transfer and flight provided for Air Package participants only.)

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Program Fees

$2,845 per person, double occupancy, land only + VAT $95 per person
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $500 per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

•Consultation services of a Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.

• Services of a professional Campus Director and Expert English- speaking Local Guides throughout your stay.

• Detailed travel and destination information to assist you in your planning.

• Deluxe travel wallet.

Air-Inclusive Price:
Tour + air package of $4,124 per person, double occupancy, + VAT $95 per person.

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

*Provided for Air-Inclusive participants only

Deposit of $500 per person.
Final invoicing at approximately 90 days (3 months) prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made using Mastercard or Visa.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited!

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General Terms & Conditions


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