2021 Vergilian Society Study Tours and Workshops

“Roman Otium on the Bay of Naples: A Study Tour for Teachers” for summer 2021 has been CANCELED

“Painting the Italian Landscape in Watercolor” for summer 2021 has been CANCELED.

Monument lists are subject to change based on closings for restoration and other factors outside our control.  Every attempt is made to see that we visit as many of the sites listed as possible.

Roman Switzerland
Director: Beverly Berg
June 30-July 10, 2021

The Roman ruins of Switzerland are full of interest and excellently presented. Four major sites offer multiple remains spread over extensive ancient urban areas, giving an informative picture of civilian and military life. Forum Claudii, the principal town of the little province of Alpes Poeninae, sits at the foot of Mount Blanc, while Aventicum was the capital city of the Helvetii. Augusta Raurica was founded near the Rhine for veterans of Caesar’s Gallic wars, and Vindonissa was a legionary fortress and military town. In addition we explore archaeological remains at Kaiseraugst, Nyon, and Vidy-Lausanne. Travel will be by the excellent Swiss train system and distances are short. The Alpine and Rhineland scenery is an added attraction. Cost: $2,495, single supplement $400. Cost includes hotels, breakfasts, three lunches or dinners, all entry fees, and all ground transportation except transfers at beginning at end of trip between airport and hotel.

Malta
Director: Raymond Capra, Queens College, The City University of New York
December 27, 2021 – January 6, 2022

Malta, the epicenter of the Mediterranean. This New Year’s tour will afford the opportunity to visit all the Stone Age temples of both Malta and Gozo, the northern island, as well as see the island nation’s subsequent history: The small, rocky island has a long and interesting history, even before the advent of human beings: the Għar Dalam cave contains deposits of dwarf elephant and hippopotamus bones from 10,000 years ago. The megalithic temples are contemporaneous with the Egyptian Pyramids. Subsequently the islands were held by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British The later periods of Maltese history are represented through Phoenician graves, a 1st century BCE Domus Romana near the city of Mdina/Rabat as well as Renaissance and Baroque churches and art commissioned by the Knights of Malta. The tour of Malta will provide sights unlike those from the rest of Mediterranean Europe. Cost for the tour is $2975, which includes hotel stay, daily breakfast and lunches, three dinners, bus and ferry travel within Malta.