Italy has been a land of art, culture and history dating back to the earliest phases of human civilisation. Since classical times, ancient Phoenicians, Carthaginians, and Greeks established settlements in the south of the country, with Etruscans and Celts inhabiting the centre and the north of Italy respectively and various ancient Italian tribes and Italic peoples dispersed throughout the Italian peninsula and interior.
“We can create unique visits to both popular and lesser-known areas of this magnificent country. Participate in an archaeological excavation in the region of Puglia or visit Pompeii and Herculaneum under the guidance of an expert.”
Visit an area of Italy less travelled, such as Sannio, the land of the Samnites, one of Rome's fiercest enemies. Explore Benevento and the surrounding, mountainous countryside, renowned for excellent wine and bread. You are also a short trip away from the Bay of Naples, Amalfi Coast, Pompeii, and Mount Vesuvius. Add Rome to your visit and the region of Puglia, both within reach of your base in this serene landscape.
Feature Trip 2021
Cuisine, Culture and Shakespeare's Italy
Discover Shakespeare's Italy. Explore the beautiful places he based, or at least in part, for 14 of his 37 plays. Marvel at the sites as we travel from voluptuous Venice to stunning Florence.
Explore the original settings of his great tragedy, Othello (subtitled, "The Moor of Venice"), take a loan to woo a wealthy woman ("The Merchant of Venice”), stand on a balcony, and wait for your true love (“Romeo and Juliet”), perhaps you will meet two gentlemen there too (The Two Gentlemen of Verona).
Included: an experienced friendly guide, educational materials, a traditional ceramics workshop, accommodation, breakfast, 3 evening meals, and transfers.
For more information, see below, and contact us, we would love to talk more about this wonderful adventure.
SCROLL THROUGH SOME OF OUR MUSES' SUGGESTIONS
CLIO (History), and
ERATO (Love and Romanticism)
Literature & History
Hannibal’s invasion of Italy, Romans in their expansion in the Mediterranean, Europe’s struggle against the Ottoman Empire. Aeneas, protagonist of the Aeneid, is thought to have arrived along the shores of the Adriatic coast of Puglia, travelling from Troy in search of a new home for his lost people.
Attractions in the Bay of Naples:
Pompeii & Herculaneum
Islands of Ischia and Capri
Naples City Centre- museums art galleries and castles
Piazza del Plebiscito
San Carlo Opera House
SCROLL THROUGH SOME OF OUR SAMPLE ITINERARIES
CALLIOPE AND MELPOMENE
CUISINE, CULTURE, AND SHAKESPEARE'S ITALY
Shakespeare uses Italy, either as the base of or at least in part, for 14 of his 37 plays. Start in Venice and travel through this beautiful country. Explore the original settings of his great tragedy, Othello (subtitled, "The Moor of Venice"), take a loan to woo a wealthy woman ("The Merchant of Venice”), stand on a balcony, and wait for your true love (“Romeo and Juliet”), perhaps you will meet two gentlemen there too (The Two Gentlemen of Verona). Time for love and political incorrectness (Taming of the Shrew,) before seeing how one of the most famous Roman Emperor fell (“Julius Caesar”). Do you believe unrequited love can turn (“All’s Well That Ends Well”)? Maybe we need something to uplift our spirits, how about some fun and frivolity (“Much Ado About Nothing”)?
STOP ONE AND TWO
"Othello" - The beginning of the play is set in Venice. Marvel in the streets, soak up the atmosphere. Observe the two bronze figures on top of the Torre dell’Orologio clock tower. A key reference in Othello as they are known as ‘i mori’, or ‘the Moors’.
"The Merchant of Venice" - Visit the Jewish quarter (‘Venetian Ghetto’) and Rialto Market, mentioned several times. Enjoy a private Gondola ride.
STOP FIVE AND SIX
Rome and Florence
STOP THREE AND FOUR
Padua and Verona
"The Taming of the Shrew" - Stroll around The University of Padua, which was one of the first in the world, and mentioned by Shakespeare in this play.
"Romeo and Juliet" - set in Verona, the ultimate tragic love story. Visit Juliet’s House (Casa di Giulietta), stand on her balcony and make a plea.
STOP SEVEN AND EIGHT
Sicily - Optional extension
“All’s Well That Ends Well” - Set in Florence. When your love flees to Florence to fight in the Tuscan War, you follow.
“Julius Caesar” - Set in Rome and possibly Shakespeare's most iconic Roman tragedy, it is based on historical events. Explore the ancient Roman ruins, and whilst we stand by the Roman Forum , we can recite what Mark Anthony proclaimed during the eulogy for his fallen friend, “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” .
“Much Ado About Nothing” - Set in Messina, Sicily. A romantic comedy with many scenes taking place in Leonato’s luscious outdoor garden.
It is a play that brings together Shakespeare's best loved themes.
Ciao Italy, so much to discover, so much history! See our gallery below.
“I cannot praise ArchaeoMuse enough. Lucy and Antonio worked tirelessly to tailor make our Y7 trip to the Bay of Naples; such a wonderful experience for pupils and staff.”