Portrait of Italy

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SEP. 28 - OCT. 13, 2021 $4,595
Amalfi Coast, Rome, Orvieto, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Venice
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Portrait of Italy

SEP. 28 - OCT. 13, 2021
Amalfi Coast, Rome, Orvieto, Barberino Val d’Elsa, Venice

From the breathtaking Amalfi Coast to eternal Rome, through the gentle Umbrian and Tuscan countryside to treasured Venice, this wide-ranging 16-day small group tour showcases ancient sites, contemporary life, priceless art, and unique accommodations.  Begin on the storied Amalfi Coast, experiencing this stunning region by sea and by land and visiting Pompeii’s exquisite ruins.  Continuing on to the Eternal City for a three-night stay, tour the Colosseum, the Forum, monumental St. Peter’s Square, and the sublime Sistine Chapel, and explore independently.  Spend three nights in Italy’s “green heart” of Umbria, enjoying a cooking demonstration in Orvieto and a visit to beloved Assisi.  Journeying to alluring Tuscany, tour splendid Siena.  Discover Florence, living monument to the Renaissance, and encounter classic Tuscany in the hill town of San Gimignano.  Sample a local winery’s offerings before concluding your tour in wondrous Venice.  Savor more time in Venice with an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Cost: $4,595
Odysseys Unlimited
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:

Health and Safety Protocols

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Professor Robert Gurval
Department of Classics
Robert Gurval is an Emeritus Associate Professor in the UCLA Department of Classics. His area of research and teaching concerns ancient Rome and the legacy of its empire in popular culture and cinema. Gurval's publications focus on politics, literature and culture in the age of Rome's first emperor, Caesar Augustus. He earned his B.A. in Classics at Brown University and his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at UCLA since 1990 where he has served as Chair of the Department of Classics and of the faculty committees on the Honors College, General Education Governance, and Undergraduate Honors, Awards and Prizes. He is the recipient of the Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award known as the Eby Award for the Art of Teaching and the American Philological Association's Excellence in Teaching Award for university professors. He has regularly led the UCLA Summer Travel Study Abroad Program in Rome on its ancient history and monuments. Newly retired, Gurval is intending to spend more time teaching Classics in China and Japan. He received a three-year grant from the UCLA Asia Institute to hold workshops in Hong Kong and Los Angeles on comparative approaches to the study of religion in the ancient worlds from the Near East to China. He has taught seminars on Augustus: First Emperor of Rome, Ancient Biography, and Cleopatra at universities in Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing. Since 2005, Gurval has participated as a faculty lecturer on thirteen UCLA Alumni Travel tours.

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STEP 1
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 $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Odysseys Unlimited. 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.