Anatomia Italiana offers three fascinating itineraries to Italy, and a fourth in Northern Europe. All programs are open to anyone interested in exploring the deeper layers of Italian culture, and are also available for continuing education credit through the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS).

  • The Flagship Program travels from Rome to Venice.
  • Anatomia Italiana del Nord (of the North) explores the Lombardy and Piedmont regions.
  • Anatomia Italiana del Sud (of the South) traverses Sicily and Southern Italy.
  • The Northern Europe Program visits London, Amsterdam, and Paris.

Each program has a unique flavor, and all focus on Connecting Art and Anatomy. The maps below describe each itinerary. Click here to learn which program is offered next!

The Flagship Program examines the history of anatomy in the medical curriculum and its connection to Italian Renaissance art and culture. Masterpieces are considered from an anatomical perspective, revealing how the painters and sculptors from centuries ago were also students of anatomy. Explore where anatomy as a modern science was founded as you walk the halls of William Harvey and enter the dissection theatre of Gabriele Falloppio.

Enjoy all that Italy has to offer such as the world’s greatest cuisine, the fountains of Rome, and the canals of Venice!

The Flagship Program is also offered as a Global Seminar for San Diego State University.



Anatomia Italiana del Nord (meaning “of the North“) visits Milan, Pavia, Turin, and Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore, along with the Barolo vineyards of the Piedmont countryside.

Leonardo’s Last Supper and Michelangelo’s last Pietà are combined with historic anatomy museums at universities in Pavia and Milan, celebrating historic anatomists such as Antonio Scarpa, Camillo Golgi, and Luigi Rolando.



Anatomia Italiana del Sud (meaning “of the South“) explores enchanted Sicily, a Mediterranean island at the crossroads of cultures for 3,000 years, as well as select southern sites of the Italian Peninsula.

Examine ancient Greco-Roman depictions of the human form in sculpture, painting, and mosaic – including the body as a vehicle for religious expression in three Capuchin Crypts.

Visit university anatomy museums in Palermo and Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, and the 2,500 year old Greek temples of Agrigento. Indulge in Sicilian cuisine, a cultural experience unique to no other region in Europe.


The Northern Europe Program
fuses the university anatomy museums and ancient operating theaters of London, Rembrandt’s Anatomy Lesson in the Netherlands, and the historic medical collections of Paris.

The richness of this program lies not only with how it connects the Italian Renaissance with the Dutch Masters, but also in how it incorporates the grandeur of Windsor Castle and the Palace of Versailles.