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Department Trips

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. 

  • Every semester

New York City Art Galleries and Museums 

  • Twice a semester, a day trip
  • Three day trip, each semester 

Special Events

Spring Break 2015
March 5 - 12
Florence/Rome, Italy 

Spring Break Trips Include: 

  • Round trip airfare
  • Local coach to hotel and airport
  • Double occupancy, tourist-class hotel
  • Continental breakfast in the hotel

SU students earn one art credit as part of this program.
Note: SU students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, retirees of SU, and the community-at-large are all welcome to join this trip.

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Department of Art & Design
Shippensburg University
Huber Visual Arts Center 210
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

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March 5 - 12




Sponsored by the Art & Design Department of Shippensburg University 

with Culture Quest Tours 


This trip is open to everyone; all SU students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, family members and friends, and the community-at-large. SU students will earn one art credit as part of this experience. Registration is now in progress. Reserve your space today. Last day to enroll, if spaces are available, is December 1, 2014. Questions regarding this trip should be directed to Michael Campbell, Tour Director, Professor of Art, . Click here for a trip PDF.


- Round trip airfare; airline TBA (Philadelphia - Rome - Philadelphia) 

- Local Private Coach; group ground transportation in Italy

        - Hotel double occupancy; centrally located superior tourist or tourist class hotels

          (rated by local governments) 

- Continental Breakfast each day in the hotel 

        - Culture Quest Travel Pack: flight bag, luggage tag, and important travel 



FEE:  SU Students, Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Alumni, Retirees, and their family and friends $2,600.00*   Community-at-large participants: $2,650.00* 



        -$400.00 deposit due at the time of registration 

-$350.00 second payment due by Wednesday, September 10, 2014 

-Balance due on or before Monday, December 1, 2014 

Payments/deposits are made payable to "Shippensburg University" and are mailed/delivered to the Art & Design Department office, 209 Huber Art Center, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257.

*NOTE: Quoted fee is based on current exchange rates, hotel availability, estimated departure taxes, estimated airline fuel surcharges, and a minimum of twenty participants. Any or all of these may decrease or increase at anytime.  Fee includes tips (coach drivers, assistants, guides) for services under Trip Inclusions.  Payments are made by check to “Shippensburg University” and are sent to the Art & Design Department, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA, 17257. Rome hotel will charge a occupancy tax per person on departure; paid by the participant (approx. 4 Euros per-person). Penalties are applied for withdraw once registration is submitted. Single room rate – add sixty-five dollars per night. This trip is limited to forty-seven participants. 


QUESTIONS: Please contact: 

Mrs. Cathy Graham, Art & Design Department secretary, 209 Huber Art Center 

1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA  17257 

Email: ; phone: 717-477-1530 


Michael Campbell, Professor of Art; Tour Director, 202 Huber Art Center 

1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA   17257 

Email: ; phone: 717-477-1530 



Day 1 – DEPARTURE - Philadelphia, PA (Thursday, March 5)
Overnight flight to Rome, Italy

Day 2  - FLORENCE (Friday, March 6)
On arrival at airport in Rome, meet assistant and coach for transfer to Florence. On arrival, stop at Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view of the city. Transfer to hotel for check in.
Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 3 – FLORENCE (Saturday, March 7)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel.
Full day and Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 4 - FLORENCE (Sunday, March 8)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel.
Full day and Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 5  - FLORENCE (Monday, March 9)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel.
Full day and Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Florence.

Day 6 – DERUTA - ROME (Tuesday, March 10)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel. Greet coach for transport to Deruta, known worldwide for the ceramics produced here. You’ll meet a local guide who will share the history of Maiolica in Deruta and visit a factory where you’ll see some master craftsmen at work. Time permitting, we will visit more than one factory. Reboard coach for transfer to Rome.
Dinner at your leisure.
Overnight in Rome.

Day 7 – ROME (Wednesday, March 11)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel.  
Full day free and Dinner at leisure.
Overnight in Rome.

Day 8 – RETURN – Philadelphia, PA (Thursday, March 12)
Continental buffet breakfast at hotel.
Meet coach for transfer to Rome airport with assistant and return flight to Philadelphia, PA.


Santa Maria del Fiore - The Duomo
Palazzo Vecchio

Medici Chapel - San Lorenzo
Uffizi Art Gallery - Vasari Corridor
Galleria dell’Academia - Michelangelo’s David
Basilica of Santa Croce
Basilica of Santa Maria Novella
Santa Maria del Carmine - Brancacci Chapel
Pitti Palace
Ponte Vecchio - gold and silver shopping; Leather Markets

Florence is a walk friendly city, with many sites of interest very close to each other.


Cathedral, Baptistry, Leaning Tower

Guinigi Tower
St. Martin’s Cathedral
Ducal Palace
Ancient Roman Amphitheatre
Church of San Michelle in Foro
The Clock Tower
Palazzo Pfanner
Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca, a botanical garden
Church of San Giorgio
City Walls - a pedestrian promenade encircling the old town

Siena Cathedral, Baptistry
Piazza del Campo
Palazzo Pubblico
Sanctuary of Santa Caterina - Crucifix

San Gimignano:
Town of Towers
Communal Palace
Church - Sant’Agostino


Deruta tour with a local guide:
Known for Ceramics - Bella Donna plates,
with metallic lustre glazes in golds and ruby red,
and Rafaellesque ware . . . in Deruta:
Church of S. Francesco
Palazzetto Municipale
Piazza del Consoli
Museum of Ceramics
Pinacoteca (Art Gallery)
Madonna delle Piagge
Ceramic Studios - Old Town
Porta di D. Michele Arcangelo
Piazza Biordo Micheotti
Church of S. Arcangelo and the polygonal fountain
Church of S. Antonio


The Roman Forum
Monument to Virtorio Emanuele II
Castel Sant’Angelo
Ponte Sant’Angelo - Bridge of Angels
Vatican City
Vatican Museums
St. Peter’s Basilica - Sistine Chapel
Saint Peter’s Square
Papal Palace
Trevi Fountain
Galleria Borghese - Bernini, Caravaggio, Titian, and Raphael
Columns of - Marcus Aurelius, Trajan, and Antonine
Piazza Navona
Piazza della Rupubblica
Piazza del Campidoglio - by Michelangelo
Spanish Steps
Piazza del Popolo
Egyptian and Roman obelisks
Aqueducts, and Fountains

Rome is a wonderful city to walk, or is easily navigated by the underground, busses, or a taxi.


    Our annual spring break travel group is diverse - students, faculty, administrators, alumni, family and friends, and the community-at-large.  We are friendly, looking for fun, excitement, and new educational experiences.  Many in our group are seasoned travelers.  We welcome all participants! You may not know everyone at the beginning of the trip, but you will have the opportunity to make new friends and get to know everyone by the end.  Your first opportunity to meet everyone will be at our February group meeting before departure.

    Many participants travel with their family or close friends.  Do you have someone you would like to accompany you on this trip – bring them, the more the merrier!

    Small groups will form daily to seek out similar interests – join a group if you wish.  You’re an independent traveler, not an issue, we are here when you need us.

    While some sites on the trip will be planned, the majority of your time will be yours.  Do what you want, for as long as you wish, when you want to do it, and with whom.  It is your trip.  Search your local library and the web to find sites of personal interest in the locations we are visiting. Bookstores have many different types of travel guides that can offer walking tours, restaurants, museums, churches, and other points of interest that are not to be missed.  DK Eyewitness Travel Guides are one of many excellence travel book resources.

    Our ultimate goal on this trip is to create memories that will last a life time.  We hope you can join us!    Ciao!

Previous SU Art & Design Department Spring Break destinations:

LONDON, UK, and Stonehenge, Bath (2000, 2004)
LONDON, UK, Dover and Canterbury (2014)
PARIS, FR and Versailles, Chartres (2001, 2008)
MADRID, SPAIN and Toledo, Segovia (2002)
ROME, ITALY and Pompeii (2003)
ROME, ITALY and Sorrento, Monte Cassino, Amalfi Coast, and Pompeii (2013)
FLORENCE, ITALY and San Gimignano, Siena (2005)
FLORENCE, ITALY and Assisi, Spoleto, Rome (2010)
ATHENS, GREECE and the islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina (2006)
VENICE, ITALY and Milan, Verona (2007)
VENICE, ITALY and Milan, Mantua (2012)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC and Karlovy Vary (2009)

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS and The Hague, Delft, and Gouda (2011)