Magna Graecia (ML 2003). The Bishop Pilla Program in Italian American Studies organized a trip to Southern Italy and Sicily during the first week of March 2003. The trip's theme was "Magna Graecia," a title given to Southern Italy and Sicily by the Romans. John Carroll University students, faculty, alumni, and many members of the Italian American community in Ohio participated in the trip.

The journey began in Rome and continued to Naples, visiting Cuma, the first Greek colony in Italy, Poseidonia, Paestum, the Magna Graecia Museum in Reggio Calabria where the Bronzi of Riace have their home. Finally the group reached Sicily, where Greek civilization had its greatest influence, visiting places such as Giardini-Naxos, Taormina, Syracuse, Agrigento, Selinunte, and Segesta. The trip ended with a visit to Palermo and to the enchanting mosaics of Monreale and Cefalu.

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The ancient Greek-Roman theater with Mt. Etna in the background.