be charmed by Italy
Feb. 21-Mar. 5, 2020
Venice. Bologna. Assisi. Sorrento. Florence. Rome.
Imagine walking the streets of Rome where St. Paul walked, floating down a Venetian canal, seeing the art of the Sistine Chapel, exploring the ancient site of Pompeii, experiencing Sorrento with its romantic cliff side setting and discovering the modern and ancient sites of Italy from the Coliseum to Cathedrals to museums. Oh, plus there's great food and amazing coffee.
No need to imagine. We'll take you there! Join MVNU faculty and students as we travel to Italy during Spring Break in 2020. Come travel with MVNU!
- Click here.
- Enter group access code 2009T00320. If you get an error, re-enter the code.
- Follow the screen instructions to complete the application and make a credit card payment.
- You will receive a confirmation of the tour enrollment by e-mail. After the enrollment has been processed, CHA will also send out a detailed Tour Account Statement by mail listing the GROUP NUMBER and the participant’s unique, six-digit alphanumeric TOUR ACCOUNT CODE. These two codes are needed for a participant to access CHA’s online Tour Account Center to check balances, make credit card payments, etc.
For details on the trip please make sure you consult the CHA Enrollment Booklet.
Day 1 - Departure from the U.S.A.
Day 2 – Venice
- Welcome to Italy! Upon arrival, your CHA Tour Director will be waiting at the airport to greet you and take you to your hotel in Venice, the “Jewel of the Adriatic,” a city which stretches across 118 small islands along the Adriatic. (Please note that, depending on flight availability, you will either fly into Milan and proceed by motorcoach to Venice or fly directly into Venice.)
- General walking tour.
- Overnight on the island of Venice.
Day 3 - Venice
- Guided sightseeing of Venice reveals the Bridge of Sighs and 14th-century Doges' Palace.
- Explore the Piazza San Marco, the heart of the city, where you'll visit its Byzantine Basilica.
- A visit to a Murano Glass Factory for a glass-blowing demonstration ends our morning tour.
- Enjoy a gondola ride through the romantic canals of Venice.
- Optional visit to the School of San Rocco and see Tintoretto's paintings.
- Overnight on the island of Venice.
Day 4 - Venice - Bologna - Florence - Morning Mass/Church
- Drive to Bologna "the food capital of Italy" for a walking tour and visit the Basilica San Petronio.
- Proceed to Florence "The Cradle of the Renaissance," in the heart of Tuscany for the evening.
- Join your Tour Director on an evening walking tour to get better acquainted with the Tuscan capital.
Day 5 - Florence
- Your expert local guide introduces you to Florence's Renaissance treasures on your morning sightseeing tour: Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's bronze doors, the Piazza della Signoria, and the Church of Santa Croce where Michelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo are buried.
- Visit the Gothic Duomo with its extraordinary dome and the Galleria dell' Accademia to see Michelangelo's "David."
- Later, you'll observe local craftsmen at work during a visit to a Florentine Leather Factory.
- Free afternoon, stroll across the Ponte Vecchio for views of the Arno River.
Day 6 - Florence
- Your morning guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery reveals the museum’s incomparable collection of Renaissance masterpieces from artists such as Botticelli, Da Vinci and Michelangelo.
- On your free afternoon, take the time to visit one or more of Florence’s many museums and churches. This evening, you will enjoy regional cuisine at a special dinner.
Day 7 - Florence - San Gimignano - Assisi
- The day begins with a drive through Tuscany’s rolling hills to San Gimignano to explore its medieval treasures.
- An orientation tour reveals the many Romanesque and Gothic buildings within its walls.
- Continue to the spiritual town of Assisi where sightseeing includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis to see its remarkable collection of frescoes by Giotto depicting 28 scenes in the life of the Saint.
Day 8 - Assisi - Pompeii - Sorrento
- Follow the Highway of the Sun to the once-buried city of Pompeii, destroyed by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., for a guided visit of its well-preserved ruins.
- Continue to cliffside Sorrento for the evening.
- Today’s excursion takes you for a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast. Upon arrival in Amalfi, you are free to explore the area on your own. Return to Sorrento for your overnight stay.
Day 10 - Sorrento - Rome
- Drive past Naples and Monte Cassino to Rome where you will join your Tour Director on a "Get Acquainted" Walking Tour.
Day 11 - Rome - Tivoli
- Discover the Eternal City's treasures with your expert guide.
- Learn about the Roman civilization as you see the Arch of Constantine, the Circus Maximus, Capitoline Hill, and the sprawling ruins of the Roman Forum. Included are visits to the Colosseum, the world’s most glorious surviving Roman amphitheater where gladiators and beasts once fought, and the Church of St. Peter in Chains where Michelangelo’s imposing statue of Moses is housed.
- This afternoon, enjoy a drive into the Roman countryside to Tivoli, built on the slopes of the Sabine Hills. Once there, visit Villa D’ Este, one of the most enchanting treasures of the late Renaissance period. Its garden, with its countless fountains and cascades, is considered one of the most spectacular of its kind. (If Villa D’ Este is closed, an alternative villa, such as Villa Adriana, will be visited.)
Day 12 - Rome - Vatican
- Explore the wonders of Vatican City on this morning's sightseeing tour with your expert guide.
- Visit St. Peter's Basilica, the Catholic world's largest church, the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's superbly painted ceiling, and the incomparable Vatican museums.
- Your afternoon is free for sightseeing or souvenir shopping
Day 13 - Rome
- Free day to explore and last minute shopping, eating and art gazing at magnificent works of fashion and art and churches.
Day 14 - Departure for the U.S.
*All sites listed in the itinerary will be covered but the sequence and days may be altered to adjust to religious holidays, special closings of sites, air schedules, etc. Hotels listed are subject to confirmation. This tour is not recommended for those who have mobility limitations since it includes significant amounts of rigorous walking on uneven terrain. If a passenger is unable to get on and off the bus and walk without the assistance of another individual, the passenger must bring someone with them to assist them. Please note that the Americans With Disabilities Act is not applicable outside the USA and facilities in other countries may be sharply limited.
Student under 22 years old
Student 22-24 years old
Non-student or student 25 years old and up or non-students
- A $95 non-refundable enrollment fee is due April 15, 2019.
- Enroll by April 15 and receive a $300 discount!
- First payment deposit (included in cost above) of $400 is due by April 30, 2019.
- Final balance is due October 31, 2019.
Students may use scholarship and grant money as well as educational loans and Parent Plus loans to pay for the trip.
- Round-trip airfare
- $95 non-refundable enrollment fee
- $400 first payment deposit
- 14 days/12 nights in selected three- and four-star hotels
- Guided sightseeing and walking tours as per the itinerary
- Full-time professional English speaking CHA tour director
- Transportation by private air conditioned bus with driver throughout the tour
- Daily breakfast and dinners
- Road tolls, parking fees, gas
- Special Italian restaurant dinner
- Special visit to the Tivoli, Villa d'Este or Hadrian's Villa
- Gondola ride in Venice
- Entry fees to the sites and museums (including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence)
- Murano Glass Factory demonstration in Venice
- Amalfi coast excursion
- Service charges and local taxes and tips to hotel and restaurant staff, portage for one piece of luggage
- Lunches (approximately $180 total)
- Beverages or snacks
- Tips for tour guide and bus driver (approximately $112 total)
- Personal items and souvenirs
- Prices are based on triple rooms for students and double rooms for adults (25 and older), based upon super-early bird enrollment by April 30, 2019.
- These rates are based on the local taxes and entrance fees valid in 2019, and estimated airfares and fuel surcharges for 2020. Should there be any increase on the above rates for 2020 the rates will be adjusted accordingly. Prices may vary dependent on number of participants.
Italy Travel Tips - READ ME!!
Medical Release Form (NOTE: This form must be notarized)
Emergency Housing Request Form (MVNU students) - TBA for 2020 dates
MVNU Executive Insurance Forms
Preventing Sexual Harassment Training and Test - new link coming soon
(Only for MVNU faculty/staff/students. See below for generic form)
- ART2013G Art and Architecture in Historical Italy (3 credits)
Meets general core educational requirement for either Exploration in the Arts or Crossing Cultures and the art major/minor history requirement.
- ART5019 Special Topics in Art History (1-4 credits)
- HUM2013 Arts & Human Identity (3 credits)
- ITD1009 Crossing Cultures (0 credits)
- Directed and independent study options are available. Please speak to Prof. Donnelly for more details.
Course availability may be dependent on number of students registered. Credit is available for both undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses are not required for alumni and friends of MVNU.
“The Italy trip was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the art, to the music, the culture of Italian society, and the incredible food, this trip changed my life. My friends and I definitely grew closer, and those people are my best friends to this day — I even married one of them! I highly recommend studying abroad for this timeframe because it exposes you to so much that’s happening elsewhere in the world.”Travis Porter, '15