Hidden Gems of Southern Italy and its Major Islands


Photograph of a Italian churchOverview:
Embark on a journey to discover Italian daily life, hidden spots and curiosities through the history and regional cuisine of southern Italy and its largest islands. During this light-hearted and visual course, you will discover amazing places you did not expect and receive handy tips and information to avoid the hordes of tourists.

The perfect course if you are planning a trip to southern Italy, Sardinia, Sicily or the Eolie Islands this year. There will be time for groups discussion and to share your own experiences of travelling off-the-beaten track in Italy.

Target audience:
This course is for the general public and will appeal both to Italophiles or first-time travellers to Italy. Curiosity for a foreign landscape and culture is the only prerequisite.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Know more about the Italian landscape and places of interest.
  • Have discovered unknown spots and initiatives towards planning your journey to Italy.
  • Have learnt better ways through tourist attractions and sights and be better prepared to visit galleries and museums.
  • Appreciate cultural tourism.
  • Have overcome several cultural stereotypes through debate.

Course outline:
Each session includes a 2-hour visual lecture presentation with images and video. There is additional time for questions, group discussion, interaction, debate and sharing of experiences in Italy.

Session 1:
Rome, ‘caput mundi’ (off-the-track spots of ancient Rome). The capital city is geographically central to Italy, yet it is fundamental to start our journey here.

Session 2:
Modern and contemporary Rome (from the Vatican State to the European Union) with its amazing architecture and ideas

Session 3:
South of Rome, along the Tyrrenian coast:
San Felice Circeo, Amalfi, Ercolano and Pompei, Caserta

Session 4:
Puglia (Alberobello), Abruzzi and Calabria

Session 5:
Sicily and Eolie islands

Session 6:

There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Antonella Sarti Evans is a teacher of Italian language and culture. She completed a PhD in the literatures of English speaking countries with a specialisation in New Zealand contemporary literature from the University of Rome, La Sapienza in 2001. She is a researcher, translator and writer herself with a passion for history and arts.

“This was really well done. Antonella checked in with us and adjusted the course to our needs and expectations as we went along. Lots of variety: poetry, art, travel information, music, recipes. All helping to whet the appetite for travel to Italy, as well as informing”, Hidden Gems of Northern and Central Italy (2018)

“Antonella was a fabulous teacher. Heaps of really helpful and previously unknown, info re Italy, I would recommend this course to others”, Hidden Gems of Northern and Central Italy (2018)

Relevant links:
School of Languages and Cultures
Circolo Italiano di Wellington

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email: conted@vuw.ac.nz

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.