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be charmed by Italy

February 23 – March 8, 2018

Venice. Siena. 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 of 2018. Come travel with MVNU!

MVNU Students

  1. Click here.
  2. Enter group access code 1811T00618.
  3. Follow instructions to enroll.
  4. Once registered visit CHA Tours page and enter group number 1811 and your personal tour account code provided at time of enrollment.

Optional: Print and fill out the CHA enrollment form and submit it to Professor John Donnelly (Buchwald Center), ext. 3042

For details on the trip please make sure you consult the CHA Enrollment Booklet.

All Others

  1. Click here.
  2. Enter group access code 1811T00618.
  3. Follow instructions to enroll.
  4. Once registered visit CHA Tours page and enter group number 1811 and your personal tour account code provided at time of enrollment.

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! We will be met at the airport by our CHA Tour Director and proceed to 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

  • Free day to explore churches and museums on your own.
  • Overnight on the island of Venice.

Day 5 - Venice - Bologna - Florence - Morning Mass/Church

  • Drive to Bologna "the food capital of Italy" for a walking tour and visit the Basilica San Petronia.
  • Proceed to Florence "The Cradle of the Renaissance," in the heart of Tuscany for the evening.

Day 6 - 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 7 - Florence

  • Guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery followed by free time in the afternoon to explore the Bargello sculpture museum, churches, and/or monasteries, fashion designers.
  • Shop and eat to your heart's content, but save room for a special dinner out that evening at Falciani's restaurant.

Day 8 - Florence - Siena - Assisi

  • Journey through the rolling hills to the Middle Ages to the walled Siena where your sightseeing tour reveals the grand Piazza del Campo and the Siena Cathedral. Travel to the spiritual town of Assisi.
  • Sightseeing of Assisi 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.
  • Overnight in Assisi.

Day 9 - 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.

Day 10 - Sorrento - Rome

  • Drive past Naples and Montecassino to Rome where you will join your Tour Director on a "Get Acquainted" Walking Tour.

Day 11 - Rome

  • Discover the Eternal City's treasures with your expert guide.
  • Visit The Church of St Peter in Chains, 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 is a visit to the Colosseum, the world's most glorious surviving Roman amphitheatre where gladiators and beasts once fought.
  • Free afternoon.

Day 12 - Rome (Catacombs)

  • 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, and the Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's superbly painted ceiling.
  • Later this afternoon, opt for an excursion to the ancient catacombs, the burial chambers of Roman Christians or enjoy your free time visiting churches, galleries or places of fashion.

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.

Base cost
Student under 22 years old
Student 22-24 years old
Non-student or student 25 years old and up

  • A $95 non-refundable enrollment fee is due March 30, 2017.
  • First payment deposit (included in cost above) of $400 is due by April 30, 2017.
  • Final balance is due October 31, 2017.

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 TivoliVilla 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 in Venice
  • 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
Important Notes:
  • 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, 2017.
  • These rates are based on the local taxes and entrance fees valid in 2017, and estimated airfares for 2018. Should there be any increase on the above rates for 2018 the rates will be adjusted accordingly.

  • ART2013G Art and Architecture in Historical Italy (3 credits) - Prof. John Donnelly
    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) - Prof. John Donnelly
  • ITD1009 Crossing Cultures (0 credits) - Dr. Jeanne Serrao
  • ITD5013G Contemporary Concerns (3 credits) - Prof. Carlos M. Serrao
  • BIB1014G Narrative of Scripture (4 credits) - Dr. Jeanne Serrao
  • RSS2089 Religion Special Topics: Romans (3 credits) - Dr. Jeanne Serrao
  • Directed and independent study options are available.

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 and NTS.

“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

For more info

Professor John Donnelly
Trip Coordinator
740-392-6868, ext. 3042