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. The Trinity College Rome Campus is committed to helping students explore Italy’s historical and cultural sites during your program; that’s why we offer excursions for both Semester/Academic Year and Summer programs.  

Group Excursions

Each semester, the Rome Campus has one mandatory overnight group excursion for all program participants.  

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 enroll in a course​ which offers a mandatory course-based academic excursions. 

  • Some courses have an academic excursions component. These are can be a day trip or a overnight weekend  excursions facilitated by professor, who work with local 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.

 Below are examples of course excursion locations. 

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.