Tours and Field Studies for Viterbo, Italy

USAC encourages every study to particpate in the tours and field studies;however, they are optional and have an additional fee. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.

Field Studies earn one-credit and allow you to deepen your academic experience by completing additional academic requirements, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts. A field study course counts as part of your credit load. Enrollment in the field study course is necessary to participate on the trip itself; the course may not be taken for audit. You will enroll in the field study on your Course and Tour Registration Form.

The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.

Siena and the Tuscan Countryside Tour

Travel by bus through the Tuscan countryside to the medieval gem of the Chianti region, Siena, with its unique Piazza del Campo. Enjoy the amazing walk in the Orcia Valley, recently included on the list of UNESCO's World Cultural Landscapes. On the way back visit Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty known for its elegant palaces and Pienza, a charming village famous for its cheese.

Naples and the Amalfi Coast Tour

Travel south to Naples, the home of pizza, and visit the beautiful city center with its lively atmosphere. Then head to Sorrento, a small town wonderfully located on the Bay of Naples overlooking Mount Vesuvius. Students will travel along the famed Amalfi coast and visit Amalfi, one of hte most ancient and important Marine Republics of Italy.

South of Italy Field Study

The first stop on the tour will be Sorrento, built on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and the volcano Vesuvius. We will then head to Naples to visit the famous castles, the vast Royal Palace, the Piazza del Plebiscito and the National Archaeological Museum. We will also explore Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by one of Vesuvius’ most destructive eruptions. Frozen in time, Pompeii offers a fascinating view of ancient Roman life. You will also have the opportunity to walk up the active volcano or you may take a ferry to the island of Capri. We will travel along the famed Amalfi Coast, its winding cliff-top roads, and tiny, luxurious towns and stop in the town of Caserta to visit the royal palace built in 1752 for Charles of Bourbon.

Heart of Italy Field Study

We will travel by bus through the cypresses and marble quarries of Tuscany on our way to Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, where we will visit the Uffizi Museum, the famous Duomo, bell tower, Palazzo Vecchio and Santa Croce Church. Then we’ll head to Pisa to admire the famous Leaning Tower and Piazza dei Miracoli. On our way south we will stop in San Gimignano, known for the many medieval towers. Our final stop will be in Siena, a charming hillside town.