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The Divine Amalfi Coast: Sorrento

April 23 – May 1, 2014

The stunning region of Campania, with its dazzling wealth of antiquities and breathtaking natural wonders, has been home to writers, artists and emperors for over 2,000 years. Discover the many treasures of this spectacular province, from the quaint cafes and lemon groves of Sorrento to the sun-drenched Isle of Capri. Sample local delicacies and learn about life in Italy today during an open forum with area residents. Follow Campania’s siren song and join us on this unique program that combines a full program of exciting excursions and fascinating lectures with numerous opportunities to immerse yourself in local culture.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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Day 1: In Transit from North America

Air Program passengers will depart their gateway city for Naples, Italy. The AHI Travel Group Air Program offers advanced seat assignments on most airlines; an air price guarantee that includes all fuel surcharges and airport and airline taxes; arrival and departure transfers, including baggage handling; and many other benefits.

Meals—Appropriate In-Flight Meal Service

Day 2: Naples, Italy/Sorrento

Arrive at Naples (Capodichino) International Airport. Proceed through immigration and customs. An AHI Travel representative will meet Group Air Program passengers in the arrivals hall. Independent Air Program passengers who are able to join the group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased an AHI transfer should check the arrivals monitor for the group flight terminal and proceed to the correct terminal to meet the group.

Your AHI Campus Director will be with you throughout your journey to handle all program logistics and will be available daily to assist with sightseeing arrangements, dinner reservations, shopping suggestions and any other assistance you may require.

Excursion: An Orientation Walk of Sorrento
Join your Campus Director for a stroll around Sorrento, your home for the next week. Admire the beauty of this peaceful town of lemon groves and cafés. Enjoy magnificent views of the Gulf of Sorrento.

This evening, gather for a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals— Appropriate In-Flight Meal Service and Dinner

Day 3: The Amalfi Coast/Positano/Amalfi

Educational Focus The History and Beauty of the Province of Campania
Discuss the historical events and significance of the cities of Naples, Salerno, Paestum and Sorrento within the “Magna Grecia” (Great Greece).

Excursion: The Charm of the Amalfi Coast
Drive along the beautiful Amalfi Coast, the most amazing of all the Mediterranean shores. Visit the vertical town of Positano, where colorful houses cling to a hillside overlooking the sea. Continue to Amalfi and enjoy a walk through the town, admiring its piazza and Duomo di Sant’Andrea. The entire Amalfi Coast has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Local Flavor
Enjoy a delightful lunch at a restaurant in Amalfi.

Independent Exploration
This evening enjoy some time at leisure and dinner on your own in Sorrento

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4: Bay of Naples/Paestum

Excursion: Paestum and a local cheese farm
Travel along the coastline of the Bay of Naples. Visit a local cheese farm where mozzarella is produced from buffalo milk. Enjoy a special tasting of buffalo mozzarella, a regional specialty. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Paestum. After being abandoned in the ninth century, this Greco-Roman city was overtaken by forest and forgotten until the 18th century. Visit the ruins of Paestum and see the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Athena, some of the best-preserved examples of Greek architecture of Greece and “Magna” Greece.

Educational Focus Meet the People
After lunch at a local restaurant, participate in an open forum with residents of Paestum.

Educational Focus The Wonders of Naples’ National Museum
Learn about the wealth of art and artifacts housed in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.

Local Flavor
Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Naples

Excursion: The Beauty of Naples
Enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic center of Naples. Start at the top of the hill for an aerial view of the city and the entire Bay of Naples, then drive into the city and see Castel Nuovo, San Francesco di Paola, Teatro San Carlo and the Royal Palace. Continue on to Old Naples and witness its medieval streets and churches before arriving at the Naples Archeological Museum.

Educational Focus and Excursion: Museo Archeologico Nazionale
Travel back in time with a visit to the Naples Archeological Museum. With its collection of artwork and other objects from Herculaneum and Pompeii, it is one of the most important archeological museums in the world.

Local Flavor
Admire views of the sea and dine on local specialties during lunch.

Educational Focus The Horror and Splendor of Vesuvius
Learn the history of Mount Vesuvius and its impact on the ancient cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii.

Local Flavor
Dine on local specialties at a restaurant in Sorrento.

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Pompeii/Herculaneum

Excursion: Pompeii and Herculaneum
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which were destroyed when Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. The seaside town of Herculaneum was preserved by mudflows, while Pompeii was covered in ash. Tour Pompeii and its museum and admire well-preserved frescoes. Enjoy a pizza lunch just outside the ruins. Continue on to Herculaneum, the smaller and wealthier victim of Vesuvius' fury.

Local Flavor
Dinner is served at a local Sorrento restaurant.

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Isle of Capri/Capri

Excursion: The Isle of Capri
Depart by boat for a full day on the Isle of Dreams. Full of grottoes and blissful scenes, the Isle of Capri is majestically situated in crystal clear waters. Enjoy a private boat ride around the island and spend some time at leisure exploring the main town of Capri, with its breathtaking views of the sea and unique side streets.

Local Flavor
Lunch is served on the island.

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast and Lunch

Day 8: Sorrento

Educational Focus Contemporary Italy
Enjoy a discussion of Italy’s society today, its current political status, Italian life in Campania, and Italy’s economic future as a part of the Economic Union.

Independent Exploration
The balance of your final day in Sorrento is at leisure, so explore as you like. Go shopping, seek out postcard-perfect views on a photo excursion, or just relax with an espresso or a glass of wine and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony, followed by a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations— Plaza Sorrento Hotel
Meals—Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: In Transit to North America

After breakfast, depart for Naples (Capodichino) International Airport for your return flights home. (Provided for Air Program passengers.) Your Campus Director will provide details about your hotel checkout and the airport transfer for Group Air Program passengers and Land Program passengers who have purchased an AHI transfer. Independent Air Program passengers are eligible to join the group transfer.

Meals—Breakfast and Appropriate In-Flight Meal Service

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Cost and program Inclusions

$3,195 . . . . Per person, double occupancy

NO Single Supplement

  • Seven nights in Sorrento, Italy, at the first-class Plaza Sorrento Hotel.
  • Enjoy an extensive meal program, including seven breakfasts, five lunches and five dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, wine with dinner.
  • Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
  • Take advantage of leisure time to try the local cuisine independently.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Dinner.
Activities and Events
  • Informative programs presented by local experts to enhance your insight into the region.
  • Personal VOX listening devices allow you to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides.
  • All Excursions:
    • Highlights of Sorrento
    • Drive along the Amalfi Coast.
    • Paestum and a local cheese farm.
    • Tour the historic center of Naples.
    • Visit the Museo Archeologico Nazionale.
    • Tour Pompeii and its museum and the seaside town of Herculaneum.
    • Enjoy a private boat ride around the Isle of Capri.
Many Included Extras
  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced AHI Travel Director throughout your trip.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in your planning.
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.

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Faculty Study Leader

Professor Patruno
Professor Patruno

Professor Patruno retired in May 2008 after almost 40 years of service. His main academic interests focus on 19th and 20th century Italian literature, translation, and on the pedagogical aspect of language teaching (with the aid of computers). He has published works on Giovanni Verga, Elio Vittorini, Eugenio Montale and on Primo Levi. His most recent work deals with Primo Levi and Italian women voices of the Holocaust. His book, Understanding Primo Levi (University of South Carolina Press, 1995) originated with a call from the press. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show to comment on Primo Levi's life.

Professor Patruno's teaching has been recognized by a prize awarded by the American Institute for Italian Culture for "outstanding teaching at the college level" and by the American Association of Teachers of Italian of the Delaware Valley and vicinity. His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society. He has directed the Bryn Mawr-University of Pennsylvania Summer Institute in Florence, Italy, for several years and was the Co-Director of the Summer Study in Pisa Program.

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