Sketches of Sicily

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JUN. 17-26, 2020 $3,595
Palermo, Erice, Agrigento, Caltagirone, Taormina, Syracuse
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Sketches of Sicily

JUN. 17-26, 2020
Palermo, Erice, Agrigento, Caltagirone, Taormina, Syracuse

The Mediterranean’s largest island, Sicily is a diverse outpost once ruled by ancient Greeks, the Phoenicians, Arabs, French and Spanish, just to name a few. Immerse yourself in Sicily’s myths, legends and tumultuous past while staying in first-class accommodations in three different areas: Palermo, Caltagirone and Taromina. In bustling Palermo, explore ancient landmarks and its liveliest market. See medieval castles in Erice, a Doric temple in Segesta, and Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples. Feast your eyes on brilliant Roman mosaics at Villa Romana del Casale and hand-painted majolica ceramics in Caltagirone. Witness awe-inspiring views of the coast in Taormina. In Syracuse, see the well-preserved ancient theater and wind your way through the elegant lanes of Old Town. Lunch at an olive oil farm, learn how to make Sicilian pizza, and discuss Sicily’s agriculture, cuisine and its Mafia legacy with local experts. This eight-night, small-group program features an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

Cost: $3,595
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate
Faster pace, substantial distances covered, long walks, city walking tours over uneven walking surfaces and stair climbing.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Professor Kathryn Morgan
Department of Classics
Kathryn Morgan is chair of the UCLA Department of Classics and teaches courses on ancient Greek literature, mythology and culture. Her most recent book focused on the praise poetry of Pindar (5th c. B.C.) and the way poetics and mythology merge to create positive image of monarchy for Pindar's royal patrons. Morgan is currently beginning a new project on how the historian Thucydides and the philosopher Plato use historiography to advance particular and competing views of the world. She has a longstanding interest in the interactions of ancient Mediterranean civilizations, particularly in the realm of mythology, and regularly teaches courses that explore the movement of mythological narratives across space and time, from stories of the great goddess to the complications involved in investigating the myth of Atlantis.

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Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.