Academic Excursions are an integral part of the Trinity College Rome Campus curriculum, and bring students in direct contact with the people, landscape, history and civilization of Italy. Trinity College Rome Campus is committed to helping students explore Italy’s must-see locations during your program; that’s why we arrange excursions for both Semester/Academic Year and Summer programs.

Each semester, the Rome Campus offers one overnight Group Excursion to all program participants, as well as a variety of overnight Course-Based Excursions:

  • Academic Excursions are typically conducted over a three-day weekend, and facilitated by faculty from a variety of disciplines and other experts who have extensive knowledge of the relevant sights and locales.
  • All Academic Excursions include ground transportation, organized tours, hotel accommodations and entrance fees (when applicable)
  • Academic Excursions include a pre-departure lecture to introduce students to the sites, their history and their current importance. Upon return, wrap sessions are conducted to help students consolidate what they have learned.


Group Excursions

Each Semester, all Trinity College Rome Campus students participate on one overnight Group Excursion:


Southern Italy: Capri, Naples and Pompeii (Fall Only)

Naples is the capital city of the Campania region and has been dominated by various groups throughout history, like the Normans, the Spanish, and the Bourbons. Throughout these foreign occupations, the city absorbed diverse cultural influences while retaining its own unique style. Next, students take a ferry to the island of Capri and enjoy the azure waters, stunning cliffs and luscious flora of this Mediterranean gem. Once on the island, students can tour the famous Blue Grotto, Monte Solaro and the quaint village of Anacapri, or spend the day exploring the archeological excavations of the ancient Roman villa of Tiberius and the gardens of Ottaviano Augusto. Students conclude the weekend excursion with a visit to the ancient city of Pompeii, allowing them to experience traditional Pompeian life, meticulously preserved by the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Venice and Adriatic Islands (Spring Only)

Famous for its canals and beautiful Piazza San Marco, Venice welcomes visitors and scholars to explore its winding streets, walk the numerous bridges connecting section to section, and to soak up the magic of this city on the water. From the 13th to the 17th centuries, Venice was one of the most important cities in Europe. Its strategic location made Venice an important center of trade between the East and the West, and art and culture blossomed as well, leaving a legacy of amazing artistic and architectural treasures to discover throughout the winding streets and canals.


Course-Based Excursions

In addition to the Group Excursion offered to all participants each Semester, Trinity College Rome Campus students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of Course-Based Academic Excursions including:

Florence, Italy

The "Cradle of the Renaissance" and capital of Italy’s Tuscany region, Florence is home to masterpieces of art and architecture. Names from its dazzling historical past—Dante, Michelangelo, Donatello, Galileo, Machiavelli—are some of the most resonant of the medieval age. Art History courses.

Ravenna, Italy

A small, quiet, well-heeled city on the Adriatic coast, Ravenna has brick palaces, cobblestone streets, magnificent monuments, and spectacular Byzantine mosaics. The high point in civic history occurred in 402 A.D., when Ravenna became the capital of the Roman Empire prior to falling to Byzantine influence a century later. It looks much like any other Italian city at first glance, with old streets, fine shops and peaceful squares, but the Byzantine domes of its churches still evoke its Eastern heritage. Art History courses.

Torino, Italy

As a bustling urban center and Italy’s fourth largest city, Torino blends historic charm with big-city vitality. It has one foot in its regal Roman and Baroque past, and the other in its new role in global business and innovative design. Imagine the wide, tree-lined avenues and commercial pace of Paris coupled with the classic Italian "dolce vita"—complete with prize-winning cappuccino and locally-produced chocolate and wine. Cultural Studies courses.