Italy is a remarkable land. Much of the heritage of our Western civilization can be traced to its culture, language, history, people, literature, art, and faith. Within the confines of its borders our study tour offers the opportunity to see some exceptional Greek ruins and discover the role the Greeks played even prior to the founding of Rome and what has become the nation of Italy. Early Roman ruins and magnificently preserved buildings and artifacts permit us to encounter the Roman culture during its first millennium.
Continuing forward in history we explore various regions of Italy as we study the medieval and Renaissance time periods. Our time is spent in the loveliest cities, museums, cathedrals, and plazas—Sorrento, Florence, Orvieto, and Rome. Clearly one of the most captivating aspects of the trip for the students is to see in person so much of what they have already encountered in their classroom studies. Surely both the Christian and classical elements of our Geneva education enable our students to be most appreciative of what they experience. These moments of recognition, delight, and wonderment are further enhanced by the accompanying faculty members. What a privilege for students to continue their studies with their own faculty who are trained in the classics, Latin and Greek, history, literature, art, and theology.
The additional joy that some are able to experience is the opportunity for parents to accompany their students on this trip. Not only are parents enthralled with the educational value of the trip for themselves, but they are able to witness how fully their students are able to understand, engage, and delight in this capstone Geneva experience.