We will visit the following locations (pinned on the map above).

1. Rome
2. Pisa
3. Lucca
4. Florence
5. Montalcino
6. Siena
7. Bologna
8. Padova
9. Vicenza
10. Verona
11. Venice
12. Bassano del Grappa
13. Naples (travel overnight by ship)
14. Palermo
15. Monreale
16. Segesta
17. Marsala
18. Mozia (Little Island)
19. Erice
20. Trapani
21. Selinunte
22. Agrigento
23. Cefalu’
24. Island of Vulcano
25. Messina
26. Reggio Calabria
27. Matera
28. Castel del Monte
29. Altamura
30. Caserta
31. Paestum
32. Palinuro
33. Charterhouse of Padula
34. Pompeii
35. Sorrento
36. Capri
37. Amalfi

This unique academic journey, studying in over 30 sites throughout all of Italy from the Alps in the North to the southern shores of Sicily, examines how historical events over the course of thousands of years and along the entire peninsula intersect with regional geographic and cultural diversity. Much of Western world's cultural heritage was produced in Italy, and much of modern Western science and medicine, and their relation to religion are deeply rooted in this "crossroads of the Mediterranean". Thus, Italy is a perfect living textbook presenting images, oral traditions, narratives, and civic histories whereby all program participants are challenged to honestly immerse within the tensions and similarities of another culture, so as to reach positive transformation by the end of the journey.

Culture may be examined through many lenses. The field of bioethics addresses human inquiry and exploration on topics that can be traced throughout history in Italian art, urban planning, and literature. During this pilgrimage, we will use 'healing' as one of our guiding metaphors, as we examine practices and culture of peoples who were challenged to coexist, despite diversity and adversity, over the span of ca. 3000 years.


Professor Judy Raggi Moore
TRACE Summer Director