Experience and live Italy’s “la dolce vita” by participating in this exciting program with stops in Rome, Pompeii, Paestum and Messina. While there, students visit and study masterworks of art and architecture by visiting museums, important churches, monuments and archeological sites. Students attend classes, take field trips and interact with students at the University of Messina and the people of Italy in daily exchanges that provide them with an understanding into their way of life, culture, customs and their rich history. Time to reflect and explore is provided so that each student can partake of the culinary and visual delights of life in the eternal city that is Rome and the sun-drenched and enchanted island of “la bella Sicilia”. The program provides students a choice of three 3-credit courses from which they will choose to enroll in two of these three courses. The courses offered this year are Art History, History and Painting. Course descriptions are posted below the faculty section. See the full itinerary, then read more:

ROME This phenomenal experience begins with us flying into Rome, where we will spend 4 days in the Eternal City. Students and faculty will be housed in a hotel near the center of the city. While there, we will visit the Vatican Museum, St. Peter's Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Borghese Museum, and several important churches that hold many historic Baroque paintings and sculptures. We will walk the ancient, as well as modern, streets of Rome, taking in the cultural and visual wonders of this important art center that will allow students to witness, first hand, important monuments and works of art that span 3,000 years.


POMPEII We say arrivederci to Rome and leave by motor coach, making our way to the ancient city of Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius visiting the amazing ruins of this once bustling city that was suddenly destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79 a.c.e. We will spend the night near Pompeii and then visit Paestum the following day. After touring these amazing sites, we will make our way onto the sundrenched island of Sicily where we will be guests at the University of Messina. While in Messina, students will enjoy yet another kind of living experience, being housed in the university's dormitory along with other Italian students. Here, they can interact and eat with Italian students who will be as eager to learn about the USA as you are to learn about Sicily.

Pompeii and Pestum

SICILY  Our stay and study in Sicily will offer students a distinctly different cultural and visual experience from that of Rome. Sicily is a stunningly beautiful island with a rich history, warm and friendly people, and art and cuisine that you will never forget. This strategically important port city on the famous Strait of Messina was called Zancle by the ancient Greeks because of the shape of its port, that of a scythe or sickle. While in Messina, we will be taking several day trips to visit the stunningly beautiful city of Taormina where we will visit the famous 5th century b.c.e. Greco-Roman theater as well as take a swim at one of the world's ten most famous beaches. Taormina continues to be a place visited, and lived in, by many famous artists, musicians and poets, among them, Goethe and D. H. Lawrence. Another field trip will take us to visit the amazing city of Cefal on the northern coast of the island where we will visit the famous 12th century Norman Cathedral with its mosaic Christ Pantocrator. Cefalu is a beautiful city with shopping, a wonderful beach, fabulous food, dolci, gelato, and of course, cappuccino. And just a ferry ride away are the world famous Aeolian Islands that students will be free to visit, at their own expense, during a free weekend.


Prof. Benjamin Taggie
Ben Taggie

Dr. Benjamin Taggie is Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Mass., Dartmouth. During his career in education, he has taught at both the high school and University level. His areas of academic specialization are medieval and classical history. He has served in university administrative positions of dean, provost, and vice chancellor. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Michigan State University and was a post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Following his retirement, he continues to serve as Director (and teaches in) the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Summer Sicily Program at the University of Messina. Since entering semi-retirement, he has founded MSA Cultural Tours and conducts 4-6 of these educational tours each year to venues such as Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal. For the past 13 years he has also served as Executive Director of the Mediterranean Studies Association, a professional non-profit educational organization devoted to international education and research. As Executive Director, Dr. Taggie has organized and administers international education programs for University/College, and high school students at the University of Evora. Portugal, and the University of Messina, Sicily. Ben Taggie has written extensively in the field of history, publishing numerous books and articles.  He has also worked as an editor of such publications as the prestigious journal MEDITERRANEAN STUDIES.


Prof. Memory Holloway

Memory Holloway is Chairperson of the Department of Art History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She teaches modern and contemporary art history as well as Baroque Art in Italy. She has taught art history in Sicily, Rome and the Abruzzo since 2009. She has organized exhibitions, has worked as an art critic for The Australian and the Melbourne Age, and worked as commissioner for Australia at the Sao Paulo Biennial. She has published widely, including Making Time: Picasso’s Suite 347 and Open Secrets: Paula Rego, and on Picasso for the Gagosian Gallery in New York. She has lectured at the Museum of Modern Art and has delivered papers at conferences in Lisbon, Bahia and the UK and has lived in Paris, London, and Melbourne Australia. She holds a PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute, London University.

Prof. Anthony J. Miraglia

Anthony J. Miraglia is a Full Professor at the U- Massachusetts Dartmouth and acts as the college’s student advisor for International Programs. During the summer, he teaches and is the on-site director for for the Mediterranean Studies Program at the University of Messina in Sicily, His works have been in regional, national and international exhibitions. Among the venues he has exhibited at are institutions including The Attleboro Museum of Art, The Butler Institute of American Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Masur Museum of Art, The New Bedford Art Museum, The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, The Southern Allegheny Museum of Art, The International Art Fair in Toronto, Canada and the Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York City. Professor Miraglia has been the recipient of many awards and his works are held in numerous private, 2 public and 13 corporate collections throughout the USA, Italy and Asia. In 2011, he was the recipient of the Leo M. Sullivan Teacher of the Year Award. See:


Prof. Kathy Marzilli Miraglia

Prof. Kathy Miraglia, Ed.D. University of Massachusetts Amherst, She is Chairperson of the Department of Art Education, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Selected publications include: Miraglia, K. & Smilan, C. (Eds),Paradigms, Methodologies&Perspectives in Art Education Research; Miraglia, K. (2008), Attitudes of Preservice General Education Teachers toward Art, Visual Arts Research; Miraglia, K. & Smilan, C. (2009), Lessons Learned from the Landscape, The International Journal through Art Education; and Smilan C. & Miraglia, K. (2009), Art Teachers as Leaders of Authentic Art Integration, Art Education: The Journal of the National Art Education Association. Awards include Massachusetts Higher Education Art Educator of the Year from the Massachusetts Art Education Association, Outstanding Art Program from the Massachusetts Alliance for the Arts, and a National Drawing Award. She has presented nationally at the National Art Education Association’s conferences and at the International Studies of Education through Art Conferences, Japan and Budapest. She has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions and galleries. To see a selection of her works, click here.


  • Art History Introductory, intermediate, or graduate topics in art history emphasizing Italian contexts (Professor Memory Holloway, UMass Dartmouth). Details...

  • History Introductory, intermediate, or graduate topics in history emphasizing Europe and Italy (Professor Benjamin Taggie, UMass Dartmouth). Details...

  • Painting Introductory, intermediate, or graduate painting in various media (Professors Anthony & Kathy Miraglia, UMass Dartmouth). Details...

APPROVAL Although students in one course area will meet and study together, the instruction is individualized, permitting students to earn credits at the appropriate level depending on their prior studies in that area. Students will plan their course level in consultation with the Program Director, Prof. Anthony Miraglia. Each course must be pre-approved by your department chairperson prior to registering. This will ensure that the classes you have selected will count towards your degree requirements. The IPO has forms to facilitate the course approval process.

The program accepts applications on a rolling admission basis until the program is filled. Students interested in attending should visit the International Program Office (IPO) website at The IPO encourages all students thinking about international study to register with the IPO and have an initial interview with a staff advisor. The application process can now be completed entirely online. For those needing to visit the office, it is located in Room 016, (basement Liberal Arts Building), (508.999.6506). A non-refundable fee of $350 is due at the time the application is submitted. This fee will be applied to the cost of the program. Each student who applies will need to compose a short essay stating their reasons for wanting to study abroad and how they think this experience will enrich their educational experience. Once the application is received and processed, students will receive a letter of acceptance or rejection. Accepted students will receive a payment schedule for the balance due, less the amount of scholarship they may be awarded and the application fee they have already paid.
The program cost of $3995 includes housing, all transportation for field trips, museum fees, transport from site to site, transport from Rome's airport to hotel, as well as from Messina to Catania's airport for our flight back to the states. Included as well are all meals except while in Rome, Pompeii, and on field trips, and 6 undergraduate credits (graduate level courses can be taken at the additional cost and work required for that level of study). Airline tickets are not included in the cost of the program.

Students can expect to have costs of about $150 for books and materials depending on the courses they select. Average personal expenses incurred by former students have ranged around $800.

Any student not currently holding a valid U.S. Passport must apply for one. This process can take up to 8 weeks, so doing so early is strongly recommended. See: .
Each student must supply the IPO Office with proof of personal insurance that will cover them while oversees.
UMass Dartmouth students who are in good academic standing and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher are eligible for scholarships. These awards, ranging from $500-$1000, are determined by financial need and are awarded on a first come, first served basis because funds are limited.
PRE-PROGRAM LECTURES: A series of lectures will be given by the faculty prior to our departure to prepare students for the sites and images we will be seeing. At this time, some readings will be handed out as well. These presentations are required for all students attending the program. Any student who is not a UMass Student and lives too far away to attend will be required to participate via Skype.
Starting about 3 weeks prior to our departure, we will hold 2 orientation sessions where we will provide students with reading materials, information about packing for the trip, money, passports, materials needed as well as answer any questions students may have. As with any study abroad program, participants are also required to attend the general IPO pre-departure orientation session in the last week of the semester; watch the IPO website for announcement of the date.

Any questions regarding the program can be emailed to the Program Director, Prof. Anthony Miraglia at or by phone at 508.999.8573.