History of Medicine in Italy - Jon Baines Tours

History of Medicine in Italy

16 - 29 Apr 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

From the charm of southern Italy, travel to the beautiful north as you explore the history of medicine in Italy from its Graeco-Roman origins to the budding of modernity in the Renaissance and beyond. The tour starts in Naples, which provides easy access to Salerno and Pompeii. Examine Roman influences in public health, sanitation and surgery at Pompeii and Rome. Review medieval medicine with visits to hospitals and pharmacies in Rome and Florence before considering the new importance of anatomy, one of the cornerstones of Renaissance art and science. Visit the first anatomical theatre in Padua and the famed botanical garden. See the exquisite anatomical waxworks in Bologna, and then to Venice, where the outbreak of the Black Death led to the birth of quarantine.

You will be travelling throughout Italy at a beautiful time of year.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 16 April (Fri) Naples: Arrive Naples and relax at the hotel before dinner at a local pizzeria for traditional Neapolitan pizza
  • 17 April (Sat) Naples: Visit to Pompeii with guided tour. In the afternoon travel to Salerno and visit the medical museum. Return to Naples in the late afternoon
  • 18 April (Sun) Naples: Visit the Naples Archaeological Museum and see Roman surgical instruments. Walking tour of Naples, taking its historical landmarks including the Church of Gesuvnouvo and Farmacia deglia Incurabili
  • 19 April (Mon) Naples / Rome: Depart Naples for Rome via Monte Cassino. Explore the famous Abbey before departing for Rome. Check into the hotel
  • 20 April (Tues) Rome: Morning visit to St Peter’s Basillica and the Vatican Museum. Visit the Via Appia and the catacombs
  • 21 April (Wed) Rome: Visit the Museo Storico Nazionale dell'Arte Sanitaria (National Historic Museum of Healthcare Art)*. In the afternoon take a tour of the Isola Taberna and the Temple of Asclepius, the Roman Forum, Palantino and the Colosseum
  • 22 April (Thurs) Florence: Drive to Florence. Take a walking tour of the city, including the Cathedral, Baptistery, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Signoria Square, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Square. Dinner at the hotel
  • 23 April (Fri) Florence: Visit La Specola for its Anatomical and Pathological Museums. Visit Casa Guidi, the former home of Robert and Elizabeth Browning. Continue to the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy and visit the Museo Galileo
  • 24 April (Sat) Florence: Explore the Uffuzi Gallery before seeing the Ospedale Santa Maria Nuovo and Hospital of the Innocents. Afternoon at leisure
  • 25 April (Sun) Bologna: Drive to Bologna and transfer to the hotel. Visit the University of Bologna and its Anatomical Theatre. Walking tour of Bologna visiting the Piazza Maggiore, San Petonio Church, Piazza della Mercanzia, the ancient market area, with entry into Santa Maria della Vita
  • 26 April (Mon) Bologna: Culinary walking tour, finishing with lunch. Afternoon at leisure
  • 27 April (Tues) Padua: Drive to Padua and visit the botanical gardens. Guided tour of the Anatomical Theatre at Padua Medical University
  • 28 April (Wed) Padua: Take the train to Venice and a vaporetto to Isola del Lazzaretto Nuovo - ‘Quarantine Island’. Continue to the psychiatric hospital of San Servolo. After a farewell lunch, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basillica. Walk through the Dorsoduro district and visit Ca’ Rezzonico. Return to Padua in the early evening
  • 29 April (Thurs) Padua: Transfer to the airport for return flight

*Museum Storico Nazionale dell’Arte Sanitaria visit is subject to the museum’s openings. If a visit isn’t possible, you will visit the Museum of Medicine and Anatomy.

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