January 2-14, 2018
Four Nights in Rome. After private transfers from Fiumicino International Airport to the hotel in the historic center of Rome, students enjoy a Welcome Dinner in a typical Roman restaurant. In the following days the program includes a private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Students will connect the works of the Renaissance masters with their understanding of the human body. Students also tour the Capuchin Crypt and it’s ossuary-like shrines beneath the Santa Maria della Concezione. Here the bones of 4,000 friars that date back to the year 1500 are elaborately arranged. Students explore the role of the human body in religious expression by visiting these venues.
Events also include a private guided tour of the Roman Coliseum and the Roman Forum, as well as the Borghese Gallery that hosts some of the most important sculptures by Bernini, and paintings by Caravaggio, Raphael and more.
Students will also visit the Museum of the History of Sanitary Arts with its amazing collection of anatomical preparations and medical devices dating back to the ancient Romans. The Director of the Museum, Dr. Gaspare Baggieri, will deliver a lecture followed by a Q&A session. Students also enjoy a private lunch and a pizza-making experience in a local restaurant, and a guided tour to the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, one of the most ancient catacombs in Rome.
Four nights in Florence. Students depart from Rome to Florence via private coach with an afternoon stop in Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, and one of Europe’s most important spiritual sanctuaries. Students enjoy a private guided tour of the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis with its stunning frescos by Cimabue and Giotto. Once in Florence, students enjoy a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.
Activities in Florence include a visit to the Natural History Museum (La Specola) at the University of Florence. This museum dates back to 1775 and is the oldest scientific museum in the world. It contains hundreds of wax anatomical models of amazing accuracy and artistic achievement from the 18th century, including many whole body specimens. Afterward students walk to the Basilica of Santo Spirito to see the wooden crucifix carved by 17 year-old Michelangelo in gratitude for access to corpses for human dissection.
Students will also enjoy a private, guided, walking tour of the historic center of Florence, a visit to the Galleria dell’Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David, and the Uffizi Gallery, one of the world’s richest collections of Renaissance masterpieces that includes Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, Leonardo’s Annunciation, and other works by Giotto, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, and Raphael.
One night in Bologna. After private coach transportation from Florence to Bologna, students visit the 400 year-old anatomy dissection theatre at the Palazzo dell’Archiginnasio of the University of Bologna. Founded in 1088, this university is the oldest in the Western world.
Additional activities include a visit to the Luigi Cattaneo Anatomical Wax Museum and the Palazzo Poggi Museum at the University of Bologna. These museums contain the first collection of anatomical waxes for medical education that are works of art in their own right. The Director of the Museum, Professor Alessandro Ruggeri, will deliver a lecture followed by a Q&A session.
Three nights in Padua. After private coach transportation from Bologna to Padua, students enjoy a guided tour of the historic center of Padua followed by a visit to the Palazzo del Bo, the historic seat of the University of Padua. See Galileo’s lecture podium, and the oldest permanent anatomy dissection theatre in the world dating back to 1595. Students also visit the Basilica of Saint Anthony, a stunning church in both architectural and spiritual terms.
A day trip to Venice via 30-minute local train transportation precedes the final event of the program, an Arrivederci Italia Dinner in Padua. After breakfast and hotel check-out the following morning, students travel home via a common private transfer to Marco Polo Airport in Venice.
*Scheduled events may vary by day depending upon local circumstances.