July 15 – 27, 2013
The Bay of Naples was always one of the most important centers of Classical culture, and the culminating destination of the European Grand Tour. It was the foothold of the Greeks in their colonization of Magna Graecia; the scene of decisive moments in the Punic, Social, and Slave Wars of the Roman Republic; and the graveyard of Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the hundreds of villas buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Celebrated here were the fishponds of Lucullus, the aqueduct of Augustus, the real extravagances of Nero, and the fictional eccentricities of Petronius. Greeks, Etruscans, Samnites, Lucanians, and Romans lived here; Augustus, Tiberius, and Pliny the Elder died here. We will visit the archaeological sites and the several museums which preserve the artifacts
Sites include Sperlonga, Terracina, Cumae, Lake Avernus, Solfatara, Pompeii, Naples, Paestum, Pozzuoli, Beneventum, Saepinum, Herculaneum, Oplontis (Torre Annunziata), Capri, Baiae, Bacoli, Misenum. from two millennia of Greco-Roman culture.
Day-by-day Itinerary, July 2013
9:00 a.m: Assemble at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (19 Via Algardi).
Departure for the Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana in Cuma. Visit Terracina (temple of Jupiter Anxur”) and Sperlonga (Villa & Grotto of Tiberius) en route.
Morning: The acropolis of ancient Cumae, the “Grotto of the Sibyl”.
Afternoon: Phlaegraen Fields: Lake Avernus; Pozzuoli Macellum and Harbor; the Solfatara.
Morning: Pompeii: Forum, Temples, Theaters, Amphitheater.
Afternoon: Selected Houses and Villa of the Mysteries.
Morning: Naples Archaeological Museum
Afternoon: walking tour of central Naples
Paestum (site and museum)
Morning: Pozzuoli II (Puteoli: Amphitheater) Capua (Museum, Amphitheater, Mithraeum)
Afternoon: Reggia (Royal Palace) at Caserta
Beneventum and Saepinum
Afternoon: ascent of Mount Vesuvius (by bus and foot)
Morning: Villa “of Poppaea” at Oplontis (Torre Annunziata)
Afternoon: ferry to island of Capri
Morning: Capri; “Villa Iovis” (Tiberius’ ultimate retreat)
Afternoon: optional excursions (Villa San Michele, Monte Solaro chairlift)
Morning: at leisure on Capri
Afternoon (late): return to Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana, Cumae
The Western Bay of Naples: Baiae, Bacoli, Misenum
Morning: Naples: National Art Gallery of Capodimonte