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24297
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Adventures Online: Sicily Through the Ages

From Mount Etna to the markets of Palermo, experience Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, without leaving home during this online learning adventure, live from Italy!
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Program No. 24297RJ
Length
5 days
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499
Online Program

Adventures Online: Sicily Through the Ages

From Mount Etna to the markets of Palermo, experience Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, without leaving home during this online learning adventure, live from Italy!
Length
5 days
Starts at
499
Program No. 24297 RJ
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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

At a Glance

The largest island in the Mediterranean, Sicily has a unique identity that is all its own. Discover this fascinating region of Italy during a live, online learning adventure that offers a look at Sicily from its ancient history to modern day. Explore seaside villages and historic cities on virtual field trips to trace the influence of the Punics, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks and Normans on Sicilian history and culture. Trace the influence of Christian and Muslim influences on contemporary Sicilian culture, architecture, gastronomy and language, and take in a cooking demonstration by a local chef who teaches you how to make Pannelle, popular chickpea fritters that are a favorite Sicilian street food. Embark on a virtual field trip to the city of Noto to admire its Baroque architecture, and learn about Sicily’s Jewish heritage during an online field trip to the city of Siracusa. Marvel in the powerful presence of Mount Etna during a virtual “walk” through the city of Catania, located at the base of the volcano, and learn what it is like to live in this region.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Trace the history of Punics, Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks and more as you explore Sicily on virtual field trips to the island of Mothia, the valley of temples in Agrigento, Piazza Armerina and Palermo.
  • Embark on a virtual field trip to the city of Catania, located at the foot of Mount Etna, to learn about Sicily’s active volcano and how it affects local life.
  • Attend a cooking demonstration by a local chef to learn how to make Pannelle, a kind of chickpea fritter that can be found throughout the markets of Sicily.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Moshe Ben Simon
Moshe Ben Simon was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He moved to Sicily where he earned his degree in “Studies of the Mediterranean” at Messina University. He has worked and lived in Sicily for 26 years, leading travelers around the island and the Italian peninsula. He has also lead educational programs and lectured about Sicily and its peculiar history. A specialist in Jewish history of the island, Moshe is the author of numerous articles related to Judaism and the Jewish history of Sicily.

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

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Moshe Ben Simon was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. He moved to Sicily where he earned his degree in “Studies of the Mediterranean” at Messina University. He has worked and lived in Sicily for 26 years, leading travelers around the island and the Italian peninsula. He has also lead educational programs and lectured about Sicily and its peculiar history. A specialist in Jewish history of the island, Moshe is the author of numerous articles related to Judaism and the Jewish history of Sicily.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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On Persephone's Island: A Sicilian Journal
by Mary Taylor Simeti
Midnight in Sicily
by Peter Robb
A House in Sicily
by Daphne Phelps, Virago
Bitter Almonds
by Maria Grammatico and Mary Taylor Simeti
Sicily: a Short History from the Ancient Greeks to Cosa Nostra
by John Julius Norwich, John Murray
The Day of Battle
by Rick Atkinson, Abacus
Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)
by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa





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