USAO News Bureau

USAO Opens Spring Italy Trip to Public

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

CHICKASHA – While the world is busy debating over Dan Brown’s “DaVinci Code,” the University of Science and Arts is going straight to the source. In May, USAO is hosting its annual tour of Italy with an invitation that extends beyond the campus to surrounding communities.

Gondola rides, historical museums and world famous architecture are just a few of the exciting items included in the trip’s nine-day itinerary. Assistant Professor of Art Jacquelyn Knapp said that seeing photos of Italy’s culture doesn’t compare to experiencing them firsthand.

“You may have read about the ancient ruins of Rome, the canals of Venice and the magnificent sculptures by Michelangelo,” said Knapp, “but to see them in person is just phenomenal.”

A viewing of Michelangelo’s ‘David’ is included, as well as the famous artwork of Botticelli, Carravaggio, Rembrandt and, of course, DaVinci himself.

Tentatively set for May 1-9, the trip includes overnight stays in Venice, Florence and Rome. Prices start at $2,853 per person and include travel, lodging, tour guides and breakfast each morning. Prices are good until September 15. A down payment of $495 is required, with the balance due March 1, 2007.

The tour’s itinerary includes visits to St. Mark’s Basilica, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, among many other historical sites.

“The intent of the tour is to give travelers an opportunity to travel abroad, to see art and history and experience a new culture that will affect their lives dramatically,” said Knapp.

In her fourth year to lead the Italy tour, Knapp said that the Italy trip should spark change in the lives of the travelers.

“I believe it is truly a life altering experience,” she said.

More information is available by phone at (405) 574-1303 or online at www.usao.edu/news/italytrip/italytrip.htm. Online enrollment and passport information is available at www.passports.com under “We’re Going,” using the Group Preview code 894449.