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Italy & Greece

Empires of the Mediterranean

June 23 — July 9
June 27 — July 13
July 6 — July 22
$7,690 + airfare

Italy & Greece

Empires of the Mediterranean

June 23 — July 9
June 27 — July 13
July 6 — July 22
$7,690 + airfare

Travel to Italy and Greece this summer—where the pillars of Western civilization were built—and dive into the histories of their ancient societies, adventure through their dramatic landscapes, and immerse yourself in the contemporary culture of vibrant cities, towns, and coastal villages. Experience the living legacy of the Greek and Roman Empires against a backdrop of magnificent temples, rich mythology, and stunning seascapes.

• Explore Rome’s iconic Colosseum, Forum, and Pantheon
• Swim in crystal-clear waters off the island of Capri
• Witness the fusion of the Greco-Roman world among Athenian ruins
• Learn the art of Greek and Italian cuisines through private cooking classes
“I think Putney’s trips are so valuable and important for opening minds and building confidence.”
—Melissa N., Lakewood, OH

Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your program leaders in New York, and fly together to Naples, Italy. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Pompeii, Capri, & Salerno, Italy — 4 days

Begin your program by heading to Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities that were blanketed by thick layers of scorching ash and volcanic mud when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. Get to know your peers and program leaders during an in-depth group orientation. Step into the past in palaces still adorned with original frescoes, and see the haunting figures of townspeople frozen in time. From our base in the small city of Salerno, travel by hydrofoil to Capri and Amalfi, and explore the area’s extraordinary scenery. Hike up to the top of Mount Vesuvius and take in the views of the sprawling Italian coastline below. Take a refreshing swim from the rocky shoreline, make homemade pizza with a local chef, and practice Italian in seaside shops.

Rome, Italy — 4 days

Travel by train to Rome and explore the streets and alleyways of this vibrant city with your group, finding hidden parks and ruins. Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth, which according to legend will bite off the hand of anyone who doesn't tell the truth. Interact with street performers and local shopkeepers, sample delicious gelato near the Spanish Steps, and take in the contemporary music scene in one of Rome's many historic piazzas.

Athens, Greece — 3 days

Fly to Athens and spend three days exploring the Acropolis and Parthenon, the ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. Visit iconic works of art at the National Gallery and learn the stories of their excavation. Experience the modern bustling street life, markets, and cuisine, and take a tour of the city’s best contemporary street art.

Náfplio, Greece — 4 days

This small, beautiful city is set on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese in the shadow of a cliff-top castle. From our hotel in the old city, follow small pedestrian streets to a tiny beach, get to know the locals, and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Argos. On day trips, discover the legendary home of Agamemnon at Mycenae; view one of the world's best-preserved Greek theaters at Epidaurus and prepare your own theatrical performance; and learn the basics of traditional Greek dance. Enjoy a farewell dinner of Greek specialties at a family-run restaurant with live music, and tell fireside stories under the stars.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Athens, Greece, to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Itinerary

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

Departure — Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your program leaders in New York, and fly together to Naples, Italy. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

Pompeii, Capri, & Salerno, Italy — 4 days

Begin your program by heading to Pompeii and Herculaneum, cities that were blanketed by thick layers of scorching ash and volcanic mud when Mount Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79. Get to know your peers and program leaders during an in-depth group orientation. Step into the past in palaces still adorned with original frescoes, and see the haunting figures of townspeople frozen in time. From our base in the small city of Salerno, travel by hydrofoil to Capri and Amalfi, and explore the area’s extraordinary scenery. Hike up to the top of Mount Vesuvius and take in the views of the sprawling Italian coastline below. Take a refreshing swim from the rocky shoreline, make homemade pizza with a local chef, and practice Italian in seaside shops.

Rome, Italy — 4 days

Travel by train to Rome and explore the streets and alleyways of this vibrant city with your group, finding hidden parks and ruins. Peer into the gaping Bocca della Verità, a sculpted mouth, which according to legend will bite off the hand of anyone who doesn't tell the truth. Interact with street performers and local shopkeepers, sample delicious gelato near the Spanish Steps, and take in the contemporary music scene in one of Rome's many historic piazzas.

Athens, Greece — 3 days

Fly to Athens and spend three days exploring the Acropolis and Parthenon, the ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. Visit iconic works of art at the National Gallery and learn the stories of their excavation. Experience the modern bustling street life, markets, and cuisine, and take a tour of the city’s best contemporary street art.

Náfplio, Greece — 4 days

This small, beautiful city is set on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese in the shadow of a cliff-top castle. From our hotel in the old city, follow small pedestrian streets to a tiny beach, get to know the locals, and swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Argos. On day trips, discover the legendary home of Agamemnon at Mycenae; view one of the world's best-preserved Greek theaters at Epidaurus and prepare your own theatrical performance; and learn the basics of traditional Greek dance. Enjoy a farewell dinner of Greek specialties at a family-run restaurant with live music, and tell fireside stories under the stars.

Return — Travel Day

Fly from Athens, Greece, to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

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Leaders

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Jen Nilsen
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About the Destination

Salerno is our jumping off point to the ruins of Pompeii and the island of Capri. Rome, Italy’s capital city, is a busy center of commerce, tourism, and government, home to many historical, literary, and cultural sites, as well as a lively food, art, fashion, and entertainment scene. In Greece, we begin in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, which provides ample opportunities to explore modern life and collections of Greek antiquity. Our final destination, Náfplio is a seaport town on the Peloponnesian Peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Argos, close to the island of Hydra.

Language

Italian and Greek are the official languages of Italy and Greece, respectively.

Climate

Summer weather in Italy and Greece is generally hot. Average daytime temperatures range from 80–90°F (27–32°C), while average nighttime temperatures range from 70–80°F (21–27°C).

Cuisine

Italian cuisine is known for its diverse regional flavors, incorporating fresh ingredients, aromatic herbs, and rich sauces, with popular dishes like pasta, pizza, and risotto. Greek cuisine, on the other hand, embraces the Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on olive oil, fresh seafood, tangy feta cheese, vibrant vegetables, and traditional dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita.

About the Destination

Salerno is our jumping off point to the ruins of Pompeii and the island of Capri. Rome, Italy’s capital city, is a busy center of commerce, tourism, and government, home to many historical, literary, and cultural sites, as well as a lively food, art, fashion, and entertainment scene. In Greece, we begin in Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, which provides ample opportunities to explore modern life and collections of Greek antiquity. Our final destination, Náfplio is a seaport town on the Peloponnesian Peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Argos, close to the island of Hydra.

Language

Italian and Greek are the official languages of Italy and Greece, respectively.

Climate

Summer weather in Italy and Greece is generally hot. Average daytime temperatures range from 80–90°F (27–32°C), while average nighttime temperatures range from 70–80°F (21–27°C).

Cuisine

Italian cuisine is known for its diverse regional flavors, incorporating fresh ingredients, aromatic herbs, and rich sauces, with popular dishes like pasta, pizza, and risotto. Greek cuisine, on the other hand, embraces the Mediterranean diet with an emphasis on olive oil, fresh seafood, tangy feta cheese, vibrant vegetables, and traditional dishes like moussaka, souvlaki, and spanakopita.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—evoke the classical past by photographing the ruins of the Roman Forum, sketch the Parthenon or the Colosseum as they might have appeared thousands of years ago, or create a podcast with interviews of archaeologists working at Pompeii.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. Activities include hiking, swimming, and exploring cities on foot. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

Language Practice

Proficiency in Italian and Greek is not required. However, if you study these languages in school you will have opportunities to practice while communicating with local people. If you don’t speak Italian and Greek you will have the opportunity to learn some basic language skills.

Accommodations

Throughout Italy and Greece, we stay in small family-run hotels and hostels.

Meals

We begin each day with a traditional breakfast at our residence. While we eat many of our lunches and dinners in restaurants, we also purchase supplies for healthy and delicious picnic lunches full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, and cheeses.

What to Expect

Review specific program expectations here. For more general information:

Exploration

To learn more about our Exploration programs click here.

Independent Project

Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you—evoke the classical past by photographing the ruins of the Roman Forum, sketch the Parthenon or the Colosseum as they might have appeared thousands of years ago, or create a podcast with interviews of archaeologists working at Pompeii.

Physical Activity

This is a physically active summer travel program. Activities include hiking, swimming, and exploring cities on foot. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

Language Practice

Proficiency in Italian and Greek is not required. However, if you study these languages in school you will have opportunities to practice while communicating with local people. If you don’t speak Italian and Greek you will have the opportunity to learn some basic language skills.

Accommodations

Throughout Italy and Greece, we stay in small family-run hotels and hostels.

Meals

We begin each day with a traditional breakfast at our residence. While we eat many of our lunches and dinners in restaurants, we also purchase supplies for healthy and delicious picnic lunches full of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, breads, and cheeses.

A Day in the Life: Salerno, Italy

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Salerno, Italy.
9:00am
Walk to the port with your group and catch a high-speed ferry to Capri
10:00am
Explore the palaces and gardens of the island with a local guide
12:00pm
Enjoy a meal of Caprese specialties in the courtyard of a local restaurant
1:00pm
Relax on the beach and take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean
3:00pm
Join local kids in a pick-up game of soccer
5:00pm
Return by ferry to Salerno and relax at your hotel
7:00pm
Enjoy dinner at a local eatery with your group
10:00pm
Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule

A Day in the Life:
Salerno, Italy

Due to the traveling nature of this student program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Salerno, Italy.
9:00am
Walk to the port with your group and catch a high-speed ferry to Capri
10:00am
Explore the palaces and gardens of the island with a local guide
12:00pm
Enjoy a meal of Caprese specialties in the courtyard of a local restaurant
1:00pm
Relax on the beach and take a refreshing dip in the Mediterranean
3:00pm
Join local kids in a pick-up game of soccer
5:00pm
Return by ferry to Salerno and relax at your hotel
7:00pm
Enjoy dinner at a local eatery with your group
10:00pm
Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule
“I gained the confidence to be myself.”
—Noah T., Burr and Burton Academy, Manchester, VT
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This Program is Directed by

Emma Smith

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

emma-smith

This Program is Directed by

Emma Smith

If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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Italy & Greece
Empires of the Mediterranean

2024 Dates
June 23 — July 9
June 27 — July 13
July 6 — July 22

Duration
17 days

Tuition
$7,690 + airfare

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–21 students, 2–3 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York


 

Additional Info

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

 

2024 Dates
June 23 — July 9
June 27 — July 13
July 6 — July 22

Duration
17 days

Tuition
$7,690 + airfare


 

Eligibility
Currently* in grades 9–12
*Your grade as of the day you apply

Typical Group
16–21 students, 2–3 leaders

Group Flight
Departs from New York

 

Questions? Visit our FAQ or call us at (802) 387-5000

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