Jane Cole professor of studio art and art history at Vancouver Island University holds a travel brochure at her desk inside her office. Cole is leading an artistic excursion to Italy and Greece next May.

Jane Cole professor of studio art and art history at Vancouver Island University holds a travel brochure at her desk inside her office. Cole is leading an artistic excursion to Italy and Greece next May.

European excursion offers arts adventure

University trip to Greece and Italy suits those with an artistic and cultural appetite.

From Greek theatres to the Roman colosseum and everything artistically in between, one upcoming tour to the Mediterranean will cover it all.

The tour, which will take place next May, will take travellers on an 11-day adventure through the Italian cities of Rome, Sorrento, Naples, Pompeii, Capri and the Greek cities of Athens and Nauplia.

Jane Cole, tour leader and professor of studio art and art history at Vancouver Island University said those who come on the trip will learn about the history of art and culture in both Greece and Italy.

“The intent of the tour is to provide an opportunity for like-minded people who are interested in the arts,” Cole said. “I give a brief summary that people can understand if they are not very familiar with the history of art, but at the same time someone who knows a lot can ask me more questions and I can go more in-depth.”

On Wednesday (May 13), Cole will be holding two information sessions at the university. Prospective travellers will have the opportunity to study the brochure, ask questions and meet tour leaders.

Cole says travelling is a terrific way for anyone to learn and experience different cultures.

“I think it is a wonderful form of education and really broadens people’s perspectives,” she said.

Cole, who has been organizing similar tours for over a decade, says while the trip is organized through VIU it is open to anyone, adding that she often sees a good mix of people in their 20s and retirees.

The information sessions will be held at noon and 6 p.m. in Room 215 located inside Building 250 at Vancouver Island University.

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