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Fall 2015: Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic

Fall 2015

Explore the Mediterranean & Atlantic



Civitavecchia: Sep 19 - 22
Naples: Sep 23 - 24
You can travel independently between these ports: Learn more


Centrally located in southern Europe, the republic of Italy is among the most inhabited countries in Italy, and one of the most temperate climates in the world. Following the rise and fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance, and throughout history, Italy has been invaded, divided, and unified. Today, Italy is a democratic republic and a strong contributor to the world economy. Italy plays a large role in the military and diplomatic affairs of Europe, and is considered to be advanced in the areas of public education and globalization. Participants of the SAS field program see the many diverse regions of northern and southern Italy through overnight and day trips to the historical and culturally-significant cities of Rome, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii, and Sorrento, and to lesser known and magnificent scenic areas along the countryside, coastlines, islands, and small inland villages.

Trips and excursions involve visits to vineyards, cooking instruction by local chefs and culinary experts, historical explorations of landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Vatican, the summer playgrounds of the Emperor Hadrian in Tivoli, and Mount Vesuvius.

Quick Facts
  • Language: Italian
  • Population: 60,681,514
  • Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Capital: Rome

Things to Do

  • Visit the underground catacombs at the Vatican
  • Enjoy a gelato or espresso in front of the Duomo in Florence
  • Hike Mount Vesuvius
  • Attend lectures at such historical centers as the Roman Forum in Rome

Field Programs in Italy

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Blog Posts From Italy

SAS Student Finds Her Italian Roots While on Summer Voyage

After decades of lost contact, Summer 2013 student Brittany Timney reunited with her family during the voyage’s recent visit to Italy. Traveling to the small town of Ascoli Piceno, Timney …

Visiting Cinecittà: Europe's Largest and Longest-Operating Film Studio

Cinecittà is the largest and longest-operating film studio in Europe. Home to classic movies like La Dolce Vita and The Godfather III, Cinecittà also played host to some of the most …

Photographing Lucca in Focus

When does a photograph become more than just a tourist snapshot? As travelers, we always try to take a picture of the perfect sunset or the beautiful landscapes and often …

Al Calarco Gets In Touch With His Italian Roots

Al Calarco is the Lifelong Learners Coordinator on the Summer 2012 voyage. He is no newbie to Semester at Sea, Al has sailed around the world twice before as the …

Pompeii: Exploration vs Preservation

As part of the post-Italy day of reflections, Gwen Conis from the University of Virginia, Sam Hillis from Cal State University Fullerton, and Naomi Newman from Arizona State University host …