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Odyssey at Sea: The Coasts of Italy

Aboard the Aegean Odyssey, learn about both hidden and celebrated gems along the coasts of one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
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Program No. 23512RJ
Length
12 days
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4,599
Italy

Odyssey at Sea: The Coasts of Italy

Aboard the Aegean Odyssey, learn about both hidden and celebrated gems along the coasts of one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,599
Length
12 days
Rating (4.9)
Starts at
4,599
Program No. 23512RJ

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Buon giorno (good morning)! Whether uncovering ancient towns preserved under volcanic ash or discovering the heart of the Renaissance, it’s going to be another spectacular day in Italy on board the Aegean Odyssey. Sail from the canals of Venice to the architecture of Naples to the art of Florence alongside our experts. Indulge in a little vita all’italiana (life, Italian style) as you fall in love with one of Europe’s most romantic and culture-filled countries.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy an expert-led exploration of St. Mark’s Square while in Venice.
  • Explore a doomed ancient town preserved under the flow of a Mount Vesuvius eruption in A.D. 79.
  • Discover the heart of the Renaissance in Florence, including a visit to the Duomo.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
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Catherine Skokan
Dr. Catherine Skokan is a professor emerita at the Colorado School of Mines and the first woman to receive a graduate degree from that institution. Her technical interests include volcanoes, geothermal and energy resources, groundwater resources, and humanitarian engineering. Dr. Skokan has traveled extensively with student and adult groups and has led humanitarian engineering projects, visiting all seven continents and some 100 countries, sharing the beauties of this world with others.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Stella Grace Lyons is an art history lecturer, speaker, and writer accredited with The Arts Society. She gained her degrees from the University of Bristol and University of Warwick. She studied Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence and Venetian art in Venice. Her particular interests include 19th-century British art, the Renaissance, 20th century American figurative artists, and representations of the nude in art. Stella conducts art history lectures in-person and online. She enjoys traveling, theatre, classical music and discovering Scottish whiskeys.
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Catherine Skokan View biography
Dr. Catherine Skokan is a professor emerita at the Colorado School of Mines and the first woman to receive a graduate degree from that institution. Her technical interests include volcanoes, geothermal and energy resources, groundwater resources, and humanitarian engineering. Dr. Skokan has traveled extensively with student and adult groups and has led humanitarian engineering projects, visiting all seven continents and some 100 countries, sharing the beauties of this world with others.
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Dina Statha View biography
Dina Statha been leading groups in Greece as a licensed professional for twenty years. She has worked extensively throughout Greece with individuals and groups, assisting in the coordination of traditional land programs, cruises, walking and hiking programs, as well as programs centered on the topics of history, culture, and religion. Always interested in expanding her knowledge, Dina continually attends seminars centering on ancient Greek art, diet, and sport. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, as well as traditional Greek music and folk dancing.
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Roula Skoula was born in Heraklion, Crete. She studied journalism in Athens and worked as a freelance print and radio journalist. After enrolling in the School of Professional Greek Tourist Guides, she travelled with university professors, learning history, philosophy, archaeology, and more. Roula has been a professional exploration leader since 1987. In addition to Greek, she speaks English and Italian. She continues learning to increase her vast knowledge of Greek history and culture and has worked with Road Scholar for the past 13 years.
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Biba Galjanic has a degree in Hotel and Tourism Management she received in Croatia, she has worked her whole life in tourism, working mostly with American groups. She particularly loves working with Road Scholars as they are intelligent, fun loving and curious enabling the learning process to be mutual. She is an avid food and wine lover, and enjoys sharing the knowledge of areas visited and exchanging energy with people. Biba has travelled most continents and believes there is no better job than traveling for work.
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Luci Duzevic was born and raised on the Croatian island of Korcula and says she inherited traveling genes from her sea captain father. Earning her Master’s degrees in Art History and French language and literature from the University of Zagreb, she dedicated her life to traveling with a professional license from VERN University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb. Luci also likes to read, bake, discover a good restaurant, see a great dance performance, and spend time with her family and friends at home in Zagreb.
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Enzo Mangini was born and raised in Calabria, southern Italy. He moved to Perugia for college and graduated in political sciences with a major in history of the Mediterranean. He then moved to Rome to attend the LUISS School of Journalism. After 15 years as a professional journalist, Enzo decided to change careers and became an exploration leader. He is married to Federica and the father of 5-year-old Frida. They live in a small town between Rome and Naples.
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Andrea D'Ovidio View biography
Andrea D’Ovidio is a professional group leader with more than 16 years of experience. Originally from Italy, he fell in love with Spain after living in London, Paris, Mexico, and Argentina. He went to college in London studying literature, languages, and theatre. Andrea has led groups all over Europe and enjoyed the company of thousands of students and adults. He is studying to be a licensed local guide to work in museums and at historical sites. Andrea also works as a theater director.
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Fran Valle is Basque by origin. While born in Bilbao, he has spent most of his life traveling the world. As an Oxford-trained archaeologist, he directs research programs in several European countries and trains new generations of archaeologists. Fran enjoys traveling and combining his research with leading groups, which allows him to show history where it happened! He is an avid reader and has a very sharp sense of humor, believing that everything we do should include a good laugh.
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Marco Minella View biography
Marco Minella, born and raised in Rome, Italy, is happy and proud to share his passion with learning and discovery with Road Scholars.
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Clarisa Gonzalez Ortiz View biography
Clarisa Gonzalez Ortiz believes educational travel as therapy and change is a fundamental part of life. She works for personal wellbeing through travel and tourism, via the study of languages, via Gestalt Therapy, and animal assisted therapy. Clarisa is a tourism and travel expert, official guide of the Balearic islands, therapist, and pet-therapist. Her hobbies include reading, sailing, and music.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture
by Ross King
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
Anzio: Italy and the Battle for Rome — 1944
by Lloyd Clark
The Allied campaign on the beaches of Western Italy, at Anzio, reigns as the bloodiest battle in the Second World War’s western theater. About six months before D-Day, in January 1944, a united force of 36,000 soldiers launched one of the first attacks on continental Europe at Anzio, a small coastal city thirty miles south of Rome.
Between Salt Water and Holy Water
by Tommaso Astarita
From the Normans and Angevins through Spanish and Bourbon rule to the unification of Italy, historian Tommaso Astarita explores the intellectual, religious, economic and political history of this fascinating region and delivers an accessibly written book that is not just colourful and scholarly but also wholly engrossing.
La Bella Lingua
by Diane Hales
Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.
Venice: A New History
by Thomas Madden
Using long-buried archival material and a wealth of newly translated documents, Madden weaves a spellbinding story of a place and its people, tracing an arc from the city’s humble origins as a lagoon refuge to its apex as a vast maritime empire and Renaissance epicenter to its rebirth as a modern tourist hub.
The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944
by Rick Atkinson
Rick Atkinson follows the strengthening armies as they invade Sicily in July 1943 and, mile by bloody mile, fight their way north. The decision to invade Europe's so-called soft underbelly was controversial, but once under way the commitment never wavered. And with the liberation of Rome from the Nazis in June 1944, victory at last began to seem inevitable.
The Leopard
by Guiseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Leopard is a novel that chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento.
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps
Near Mount Etna in Sicily lies Casa Cuseni, a beautiful house built in golden stone - and the home which Daphne Phelps was astonished to find she had inherited in 1947. At the age of 34, war-weary from working as a psychiatric social worker, with barely any Italian and precious little money, she plunged into a fascinating Sicilian world. The many of problems to be overcome included not only financial difficulties but local authorities and a house staff who initially felt no loyalty to the new Signorina, but who gradually accepted her as a respected member of their small community.
The Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
by Nancy Bazelon Goldstone
On 15 March 1348, Joanna I, Queen of Naples, stood trial for her life before the pope and his court in Avignon. She was 22 years old. Her cousin and husband, Prince Andrew of Hungary, had recently been murdered, and Joanna was the chief suspect. Determined to defend herself, Joanna won her acquittal against enormous odds. Returning to Naples, she ruled over one of Europe's most prestigious and enlightened courts for more than thirty years - until she was herself murdered. As courageous as Eleanor of Aquitaine, as astute and determined as Elizabeth I, Joanna was the only female monarch in her time to rule in her own right.
The World of Venice
by Jan Morris
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
La Dolce Vita University: An Unconventional Guide to Italian Culture from A to Z
by Carla Gambescia
La Dolce Vita University (LDVU) is the perfect sampler for anyone curious about (or already in amore with) Italy and its remarkably rich cultural gifts, both past and present.
Street Fight in Naples: A City's Unseen History
by Peter Robb
Peter Robb's Street Fight in Naples ranges across nearly three thousand years of Neapolitan life and art, from the first Greek landings in Italy to the time of his own less auspicious arrival thirty-something years ago.





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