An inter-disciplinary, capstone study-abroad program in Southern Italy and Sicily for Norfolk Academy eighth grade students.
Pompeii is one of humanity’s greatest treasures. Sicily and southern Italy, known in antiquity as ‘Magna Graecia,’ were colonized by Greece in the eighth century BCE. In many ways today, Sicily is more Greek than Greece, and its temples and theaters are better preserved than many in Greece. It is the ideal destination for students of antiquity.
Rising ninth-graders have the opportunity to travel to Sicily and Southern Italy for 10 days in June with the goal of demonstrating the interconnectedness of the history, art, architecture, philosophy, literature, mythology, religion, archaeology, geology, science, and mathematics they have learned on their journey and to understand its relevance to their lives today. They use art, photography, poetry, and music to express themselves and continue the conversation with antiquity with which the Western World has been engaged since the intellectual adventure of mankind began.
Students tap into a true creativity that is born from knowledge of the world, self-knowledge, and the personal experience that accompanies this type of Odyssey.
Destinations include Erice, Segesta, Selinunte, Agrigento, Syracuse, Taormina, the Villa Romana del Casale, Mt. Aetna, Paestum, Pompeii, and Herculaneum.