Journey to the southern shores of Italy to a land punctuated by poetry, where traditions of community are set firmly in the rhythms of hte past. Apulia, a relatively undiscovered Mediterranean region, awaits to share its fascinating history, coastal beauty and welcoming hospitality on this seven-night stay. Discover the pace of local life from your base in Polignano a Mare, a village perched above aquamarine waters. Each day, strike out to explore well-preserved rustic towns boasting unique architectural and archaelogical treasures. Dine on seafood, fresh from the Adriatic, and indulge in locally produced olive oil and wine. Centuries of history will unfold as you dip into Apulia's rich heritage, delight in soothing Adriatic breezes and engage with the region's gregarious, warm people.
- Visit the portal of the Basilica di San Nicola and explore the French-influenced Murat Quarter in Bari
- Tour a family-owned vineyard that grows white grape varietals such as Verdega, Bianco d'Alessano and Fiano Minutolo and learn about the histories and traditions of wine-making
- See Le Colonne Romane, which marked the end of the Roman Appian Way, and the ruins of a Roman amphitheater that held 20,000 spectators in Barocco Leccese
- Enjoy traditional regional cuisine that typically includes focaccia, locally sourced meats, crusty breads, seasonal vegetables, and orecchiette
- Travel to Materia, home to homeycombed dwellings called Sassi, prehistoric caverns that were continuously inhabited until 1952
- Lunch at a family-run olive mill in the countryside where you will learn about the olive cultivation process and discuss life in Italy
Day 1: Depart for Bari, Italy
Day 2: Bari / Polignano a Mare
Day 3: Bari / Polignano a Mari
Day 4: Locorotondo / Alberobello
Day 5: Lecce / Ostuni
Day 6: Polignano a Mare
Day 7: Matera
Day 8: Trani / Bisceglie
Day 9: Depart from Bari
Ada Cohen is the Department Chair of Art History and Israel Evans Professor in Oratory and Belles Lettres. Ada's research has focused on the era of Alexander the Great and the impact of Alexander's imagery. She has also worked on topics in Near Eastern and prehistoric art; sexuality and the construction of pictorial identity; travel and landscape; as well as the depiction of childhood and the family in ancient art. Her current book project is titled The Judgment of Female Beauty in Ancient Greek Art.
In addition to her lecture courses, Ada Cohen teaches First-Year and advanced seminars and regularly teaches the Senior Culminating Seminar on theory and method in Art History. Periodically she directs the Art History Department's Foreign Study Program in Rome.