Anatomia Italiana Flagship Program: Winter 2023

Rome ~ Assisi ~ Florence ~ Bologna ~ Padua ~ Venice

Program Dates: January 2-14, 2023
Program FILLED!

Anatomia Italiana programs are limited to 20 participants and fill fast!

The tour operator for all Anatomia Italiana programs is Exclusively Italian.

For the first time ever, the Anatomia Italiana
Flagship Program is offered in Winter!

Enjoy Italy in the month of January
with cool weather and sparse crowds.

Travel from Rome to Venice, and examine the history of anatomy in the medical curriculum, and its connection to art. View Renaissance masterpieces from a fresh perspective, and explore the universities where anatomy as a modern science was born. Walk the halls of Vesalius and Harvey, visit the dissection theatre of Falloppio, and stand before the lecture podium of Galileo.

There is plenty of free time in the program for personal exploration and to enjoy all that Italy has to offer such as fine wine, the world’s greatest cuisine, the fountains of Rome, and the canals of Venice!


Upon arrival in The Eternal City for our four-night visit, a private transfer will be arranged from the airport to our centrally located hotel near the Spanish Steps. In the evening our group gathers for a Welcome Drink on a hotel rooftop terrace overlooking Rome, followed by a walk past the Trevi Fountain for a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant to taste some traditional Roman recipes. After dinner enjoy a passeggiata past Rome’s most famous monuments such as the Pantheon and Piazza Navona. With private English-speaking guides, tour the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, the Colosseum and Roman Forum. Because Rome offers a unique opportunity to consider the body as a vehicle for religious expression, a visit to the stunning ossuary shrines of the Capuchin Crypt is a must. Marvel at Baroque masterpieces by Bernini and Caravaggio in the Borghese Gallery. Learn the secrets of pizza making in a private class! The itinerary provides plenty of free time allowing for strolls through Rome’s stunning array of piazzas, fountains, and churches containing works of art by Michelangelo and other Renaissance Masters.


Depart Rome by private coach for a four-night stay in Florence, but first stop for an afternoon visit to Assisi, the jewel of Umbria and home to Saint Francis, Patron Saint of Italy. A Medieval hilltop town frozen in time, Assisi is perhaps the world’s most important Christian pilgrimage destination. Enjoy a walking tour of the city to visit the Basilica of Saint Francis containing his mortal remains, as well as Giotto’s cycle of frescos describing his life, the foundations of Italian painting.


Enjoy a Welcome Dinner in a traditional Florentine restaurant, as well as all this amazing Renaissance city has to offer. Marvel at not only the Duomo and Michelangelo’s David, but also the Uffizi Gallery, containing perhaps the world’s most important collection of paintings. Enjoy the awe of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus and Primavera, as well as Leonardo’s Annunciation. Stand before the quintessential example of Art and Anatomy Connected, the wooden Crucifix carved by a 17 year-old Michelangelo in the Basilica of Santo Spirito. This masterpiece was created in gratitude for access to the cadavers he dissected to heighten his art. Florence also offers plenty of shopping for leather items and local, handmade fashion accessories.

The Chianti Countryside

Travel by private coach to the Chianti region of Tuscany to visit a winery for an afternoon of wine tasting with a light lunch. Enjoy some relaxing time strolling among the vineyards, olive groves, and wine cellars of an Italian winery that still employs the old ways.


Depart Florence for a one-night stay in Bologna to visit the Archiginnasio Palace, the historic seat of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in Europe, founded in 1088. The Ancient Anatomy Theatre is more stunning than you can imagine, especially when considering the secrets of the body discovered in this room. The anatomical wax models of the Palazzo Poggi and the Luigi Cattaneo Collection are equally impressive, and further emphasize the unique Italian influence on the history of anatomy education as these sculptures are didactically impressive, and yet works of art in their own right.


Explore Padua during our three-night visit, a beautiful university city just 25 miles west of Venice. The pride of the community is the University of Padua, founded in 1222 and the second oldest university in Italy. This prestigious institution boasts alums and faculty such as Galileo Galilei, the father of modern science; Andreas Vesalius, the father of modern anatomy; and William Harvey, the father of cardiovascular physiology.

On display in the Palazzo Bo, the historic seat of the university is Galileo’s Lecture Podium, and more impressively however, the 1595 Ancient Dissection Theatre, the oldest in the world.

The Morgagni Museum of Pathological Anatomy at the University of Padua, displays a wide range of natural specimen pathologies from the 17th-19th centuries, with a focus on how treatments have advanced to the modern day. Padua also offers cultural attractions such as the Basilica of Saint Anthony containing his mortal remains, as well the tomb of Gabriele Falloppio and other important anatomists. The Scrovegni Chapel with frescos by Giotto, the father of modern Italian painting, is a stop guaranteed to take your breath away. Celebrate your last night in Padua, with an Arrivederci Dinner!


During our stay in Padua, we will take a day trip to Venice, the City of Bridges, traveling by train to this amazing destination built on water and canals. The Queen of the Adriatic offers food and wine unique to Italy. Get lost in the winding alleyways of Venice and stumble upon a bacaro for cicchetti, a local wine bar serving Venetian tapas.


Anatomia Italiana is open to anyone interested in discovering the deeper layers of Italian culture. Educated travelers, lovers of art, students of science, and of course cuisine and wine enthusiasts are invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!



Professional development credit available through the
Human Anatomy and Physiology Society Institute (HAPS-I).

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Program Dates: January 2-14, 2023
Registration Now OPEN!
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The tour operator for all Anatomia Italiana programs is Exclusively Italian.













This itinerary is tentative and subject to change.