Experience life in Italy's southern region of Apulia, where views of the sparkling Adriatic Sea vie with picture-perfect towns for your attention. Spend seven nights in seaside Polignano a Mare, and venture out each day to discover the unique character of this region. Marvel at Alberobello's trulli, conical-roofed limestone homes built without mortar; sassi, ancient cave dwellings in Matera, a 2019 European Capital of Culture; the white hill town of Ostuni; and the baroque city of Lecce. Contrast the seaside lifestyle of Bari and Trani with the inland at a winery and a family-owned olive mill. An exclusive lecture series complements your excursions. On your free day, join a complimentary shuttle to seaside Monopoli or the Greek ruins of Egnazia.
* Wander timeless villages, sip sweet Moscato and bask in Apulia's enticing sun-bleached landscapes.
* Visit the Sassi districts of Matera, the 2019 European Capital of Culture, and witness its dramatic saga of rebirth.
* Delight in Lecce's architecture, from its Roman amphitheater to churches adorned with cherubs and gargoyles.
* Take in sweeping panoramic views of the Apulian countryside during lunch at a local vineyard and winery.
* Discover Alberobello's fascinating conical trulli houses, and wander maze-like alleyways in luminous Ostuni.
* Taste Apulia's simple, fresh cuisine crafted with homegrown flavors and family heirloom recipes.
* Visit the tranquil seaside village of Monopoli, or discover fascinating archaeological ruins in Egnazia.
Day 1: Depart gateway city for Bari, Italy
Day 2: Bari / Polignano a Mare
Day 3: Bari / Polignano a Mare
Day 4: Matera
Day 5: Lecce / Ostuni
Day 6: Alberobello / Locorotondo / Martina Franca
Day 7: Trani / Bisceglie
Day 8: Monopoli / Egnazi
Day 9 Bari / Depart for gateway city
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Ada Cohen is Professor of Art History and the Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres at Dartmouth. A native of Greece, she attended Brandeis University on a Wien International Scholarship, graduating with a BA in Art History and in Classical and Oriental Studies. She received her PhD from the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University. Professor Cohen is the author of The Alexander Mosaic: Stories of Victory and Defeat (1997, 2000), Art in the Era of Alexander the Great: Paradigms of Manhood and Their Cultural Traditions (2010, 2014), as well as the forthcoming Inside an Ancient Assyrian Palace: Looking at Austen Henry Layard's Reconstruction (October 2016). She has co-edited and contributed to Assyrian Reliefs from the Palace of Ashurnasirpal II: A Cultural Biography (2010) as well as Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy (2007). She is currently working to complete a book titled The Judgment of Beauty in Ancient Greek Art. At Dartmouth she teaches a variety of courses on the art and architecture of the ancient Mediterranean. Because of her broader interest in visual representation, she also teaches courses on theory and method as well as the introduction to the field of art history. She has directed the Art History Department's Foreign Study Program in Rome several times.