Italy 2023

Italy 2023 | Grades 10-12 Enrolled in Latin | July 7-21, 2023

Through a hands-on experience of three millennia of cultural and artistic products, students will gain a much deeper and more nuanced understanding of the society and culture in which they currently live.

Process: Students will tour classical and Renaissance sites led by highly qualified academics. Students will take notes on both the history of the place and their aesthetic impressions. They will augment their written notes with photographs. Each student will be assigned several excursions or tours on which to write a blog. The blog must include all salient facts about the site and must be accompanied by captioned photographs to serve as visual aids to the reader. Students will have read and discussed primary-source passages related to each of the sites visited.  The theater, art, architecture, public spaces, language, and even food, which students enjoy in their everyday lives will be much more fully understood having immersed themselves in the traditions whence they come.

Having taken this trip, students will be able to:

  • Describe the historical periods of Ancient Rome
  • Detail the building methods of the Ancient Romans
  • Explain the effects of the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius on Pompeii and Herculaneum
  • Articulate the historical and literary significance of Cumae
  • Describe the built environment and uses of the Roman Forum
  • Understand the significance of myth in Ancient Roman art and culture
  • Explain how amphitheaters were built and used by Ancient Romans
  • Detail the various media of Roman art, both ancient and Renaissance
  • Better understand how Ancient Romans lived, worked, worshiped, and entertained themselves

Eligibility: Students in Grade 10-12  Enrolled in Latin 

Cost: $7,350

Registration Deadline(s):

  • Early Bird – November 1 (Savings of $100)
  • Regular – December 1

A $2,450 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.  Early registration is encouraged and allows us to guarantee D-E 360° offering as soon as enrollment is sufficient.  Prices may be adjusted for recipients of D-E financial aid.  Please contact Dr. Brown at directly to apply for a trip scholarship. 

Payment, forms, and actions needed:

  • Submit the D-E 360° Travel Application and a $2,450 non-refundable deposit by December 1, 2022 (Checks should be made payable to Dwight-Englewood School and submitted to the D-E 360° Office in Leggett 001)
  • Final trip payment $4,900 is due February 15, 2023


About Bill Biondolino, Trip Leader

Mr. William “Bill” Biondolino, Upper School Latin Teacher and World Languages Department Chair, has extensive experience traveling through Italy both recreationally and professionally as an academic. He has spent a significant amount of time in Rome exploring ancient, renaissance, and baroque sites. In 2012 Mr. Biondolino spent three weeks with a group of Latin teachers and academics touring important classical sites throughout the Bay of Naples and Rome. The tour was led by Classics Professor Steven Tuck and focused on the archeology, history, and cultural significance of locations that will be visited through the course of our trip, such as Paestum, Cumae, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Lake Avernus, and the Fora of Rome.

Mr. Biondolino first led this trip in 2019, and universally, it was a great success. It will be Mr. Biondolino’s great pleasure to share his insights, experience, and interpretations of locations of great classical significance again with students, hoping to make their experience both entertaining and academically enriching.

Italy Trip Information Session (See October 19 Zoom Recording Below)

Students – Wednesday, October 19 12:30 – 1:30 PM (Lunch will be provided) – Ethics Room

Parents  –  Zoom Session, Wednesday – October 19 6:30 PM Link below.