• Coveted and contested for millennia by both settlers and foreign powers, the island of Sicily boasts a rich and eclectic treasure trove of cultural heritage. This exciting course takes us through 14,000 years of Sicilian culture, all unfolding in the fertile volcanic landscape wrought by the omnipotent fury of Mount Etna. From fascinating glimpses of prehistoric peoples to the awe-inspiring architecture of the Classical and Norman periods, we explore the archaeological allure of this Mediterranean jewel. Descend into underground cities of the dead, study the ruins of Greek temples and Roman theatres, and marvel at the glittering opulence of historical kings as we explore the archaeology of Sicily – Alexis de Tocqueville's land of gods and heroes.