Italy's a Blast: From Etna to Vesuvius - A Family Odyssey
Explore a world frozen in time as you visit the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, learning about classical mythology, modern science and the story of Mount Etna and Vesuvius.
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Program No. 18207RJ
11 days
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At a Glance

With a treasure trove of archaeological sites and the incomparable Pompeii, the Italian coastal region of Campania and the island of Sicily offer the perfect combination of adventure and history. Mount Etna is the backdrop for the mythology of the Cyclops, Polyphemus, who captured Ulysses and his men; Etna was also the forge of the Greek god Hephaestus whom the Romans called Vulcanus. From classical mythology to modern science at seismological centers, join experts at the ancient cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum as they explain what happened that fateful day in August 79 CE when Vesuvius erupted. See the cities literally frozen in time for a unique glimpse of life in ancient times.
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • A ride to a vent rim of Sicily’s Mount Etna, a hike on a portion of Mt. Vesuvius' crater and a visit to a seismology center are just the “tip of the volcano” in this active learning adventure.
  • In Cumae, the first Greek settlement near Naples, visit the cave sanctuary of the mythological prophetess Sibyl. See also the Solfatara Caldera, an alien landscape of bubbling mud pits and spewing steam vents.
  • Learn about life in Roman times as you explore the archaeological sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum buried by the eruption in August of 79 CE.
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