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Unique, Alternative Journeys: A Musical Interlude through Southern Italy

Departure       September 13 – 21, 2019

This journey explores the magnificent historic sites, distinctive towns and glorious art in the area around the storied Bay of Naples, as well as enjoying high-quality classical chamber music at privately arranged concerts held in unique venues.  Our home for seven nights will be Naples, one of Europe’s most fascinating and interesting cities.  Founded by Greeks in the 6th century BC and called Neapolis, Naples was Europe’s preeminent cultural and artistic city during the Baroque period, when it was home to celebrated artists, writers and composers, including Scarlatti, Pergolesi, Cimarosa, Donizetti and Rossini.  Amassed in its museums are incredible treasures, while its streets and squares are lined with palaces and churches of impressive architecture.  Naples is also known for its vitality, zest for life, dynamic contemporary culture and its great cuisine.

Why Travel with Thalassa Journeys

Thalassa Journeys was established by the principals and managers of Travel Dynamics, the company that 50 years ago pioneered the concept of educational travel for America’s educational and cultural institutions. The belief that travel is primarily a learning experience forms the core principle of Thalassa Journeys.

Each Thalassa Journey is constructed around a particular theme. Unlike most tours, each of our journeys are intimate, and led by lecturers who are truly subject-matter experts for each theme. Although many other companies claim to have expert lecturers, few truly have accomplished, renowned experts in their fields, like Thalassa.

Itinerary

Day 1 : Depart THE USA

Depart the United States for Naples, Italy.

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Day 2 : Tour NAPLES, ITALY

Arrive in Naples and transfer to the Grand Hotel Santa Lucia, beautifully located in the city's historic district. In the evening enjoy a welcome dinner of Neapolitan specialties, a cuisine that is justly famous.

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Day 3 : Tour NAPLES

A morning walking tour through Naples’ old city will familiarize us with some of its landmark churches that contain exquisite art. Visit the Cappella Sansevero, with artwork by some of Italy’s leading 18th-century artists; the great 14th-century church and convent of Santa Chiara; the nearby 16th-century church of Il Gesu Nuovo, originally a palace dating to 1470; and the majestic Gothic church of San Domenico Maggiore. In the afternoon, visit the Capodimonte Palace, begun in 1738 as a royal hunting lodge and set in a magnificent park.
Capodimonte now comprises the National Gallery of Naples, one of Italy’s most important art museums. Among its prized holdings is the fabulous Farnese Collections, with paintings by old masters and other art objects. In the evening, attend a privately arranged concert at the Villa Pignatelli, a gracious mansion built in 1826.

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Day 4 : Tour POMPEII & HERCULANEUM

Spend the day exploring Pompeii and Herculaneum, the Roman towns that were destroyed by the cataclysmic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD. Situated near the coast and at the foot of Vesuvius, both towns were buried under a dense layer of ash. Systematic excavations begun in the mid-19th century have recovered precious artifacts and revealed the beauty and grandeur of the towns, with their temples, other public spaces and sumptuous villas. Explore both sites and enjoy lunch with wine pairings at a winery at the base of Mount Vesuvius.

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Day 5 : Tour AMALFI & RAVELLO

Explore the famed Amalfi coast, driving on the coastal road that skirts the Amalfi peninsula, one of the most scenic roads in Italy. The area is known for its natural beauty. Clinging to the side of the hills that drop down to the sea are towns with their characteristic architecture. Stop at beautiful Amalfi, an old maritime republic that competed with Venice and Genoa for control of the Mediterranean trade routes. Visit the 9th-century cathedral of St. Andrew and its 13th-century cloister, and the Civic Museum. After lunch, continue to Ravello, one of Italy’s most attractive hill towns, where we visit the Palazzo Rufolo, dating to the 11th–century, and its beautiful gardens.

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Day 6 : Tour NAPLES

In the morning, visit the National Archaeological Museum, one of the world’s richest collections of Greek and Roman art, including superb mosaics and other artifacts retrieved from the excavations in Pompeii and Herculaneum. The museum occupies the huge building that was originally designed in 1582 to house the Royal Riding School. Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore Naples on your own. Lunch will be served at a restaurant specializing in the celebrated Neapolitan pizza, a must for every traveler to the city. In the evening, attend a privately arranged concert at the Capella Sansevero.

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Day 7 : Tour CAPRI

Sail in the morning across the Bay of Naples to the island of Capri, the favorite retreat of emperors Tiberius and Augustus, known for its marvelous scenery and the profusion of its vegetation. Explore Capri’s charming and smart main town, and the remains of Villa Jovis, Tiberius’ summer home. Enjoy lunch and time at leisure before returning to Naples.

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Day 8 : Tour NAPLES

Morning visit to the incredible Royal Palace of Caserta. Built in the 18th century, Caserta’s 1200 rooms make it the largest royal palace built in Europe. Visit the sumptuous apartments and halls, decorated with exquisite frescoes and precious artifacts. The palace is set in a magnificent park and gardens. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure and farewell dinner before attending the opening night performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, at the magnificent Teatro di San Carlo.

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Day 9 : Transfer NAPLES/USA

Transfer to the airport for the return flight home.

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Tour Price

$5,540 per person, double occupancy

Single room supplement: $690

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Expert Guest Lecturer

Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn

Claire Fontijn is Phyllis Henderson Carey Professor of Music at Wellesley College, MA, where she teaches courses on Early Music; the Symphony; Music, Gender, and Sexuality; and Music in Public Discourse.  She is the author of three books: a monograph, Desperate Measures: the Life and Music of Antonia Padoani Bembo (2006; 2013); a set of essays, Fiori Musicali: Liber Amicorum Alexander Silbiger (2010), and another monograph, The Vision of Music of Saint Hildegard’s Scivias—Synthesizing Image, Text, Notation, and Theory (2013).  Early in her career, she was an award-winning semi-professional baroque flutist; currently, she plays the renaissance alto flute with the Wellesley College Collegium Musicum.  She is an avid Europhile who has lived and worked in France, the Netherlands, and Italy.  

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