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AEGEE-Caesar vol. II
AEGEE-Roma | AEGEE-Padova | AEGEE-Udine
Type Travel Summer University (TSU)
Thematic category Arts & Creativity
Theme Join Julius Caesar’s journey through centuries and discover Italy, from the inheritance of Roman Empire to the cultural aspects of nowadays regions
Cities visited Roma, Ostia, Padua, Venice, Udine, Aquileia, Gemona, Lignano, Cividale
Dates
From Thursday, July 25th
To Thursday, August 8th
Event fee 180€
Participants 25
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Optional fee 40€
Optional fee used for Spa (1), Aqua park (2)
Alternative programme to the optional fee Sightseeing, Sunbathing, Shopping
Confirmation Pay 100% of the fee in advance
Lodging Gym, Hostel, Student dormitory
Provided meals Breakfast, dinner
Contact email aegee.caesargmail.com
Coordinator phone +39-3208070321
University support Yes
Suitable for disabled participants No
Languages used English, Italian
Activities
Cultural sightseeing
Archaeological visits
Italian history
culture and language workshops
Wine and food tasting
Sunbathing
Ideal participant
The ideal participant has to bring happiness, has to be energetic, funny and open-minded, needs to be interested in the theme and tireless to attend all the program/activities.
Pictures (click to view)

Event description
The news that everybody was waiting for: AEGEE-Roma, AEGEE-Padova and AEGEE-Udine join again their forces to organize the vol. II of the TSU AEGEE-Caesar! We want to bring Julius Caesar back to life and under his leadership conquer again the Italian peninsula to restore the ancient roman empire!
First we have to free Rome and settle our capital city there. Then we’ll move to the west coast because we need to have the control over the maritime trade in the Tyrrhenian Sea. So we decided to establish a port in Ostia and since our troops will need some rest we are taking a day off at the seaside!
Once the center of Italy is under our domain we can move to the north toward the next territory: Padua. There we count on the help of the Aperol spritz nectar (the typical aperitif of Padua) to defeat the local army! We might also ask advice to the genius of Galileo: he could help us with his deep knowledge of geography and astrology. But the region is not yet taken without the control of Venice: city of narrow streets and bridges, old palaces and churches, canals and gondolas, love, carnival, handmade glass art and many other hidden secrets. As a reward to our valorous legionaries we will spend some hours in one of our beloved roman spa!
Of course, we imagine that Caesar at this point might be disoriented for the big changes happened in more than two thousand years to his great empire, but we have already planned cultural and language workshops to let him catch up a little bit!
The troops will then move farther up and march to Udine, but before conquering the third antenna they first have to survive to the medieval festival in Gemona and then open a way also to the Adriatic Sea by establishing another port in Aquileia. The last challenge will be cross the vineyards of Cividale and take some provisions of grapes juice to be consumed during the last battles that will take place between the beaches, the clubs and the aquatic park of Lignano!
So, in order to make this expedition possible, we need the help of 25 participants interested in Italian history and culture and strong enough to resist to this epic travel and to the triumphal parties after each successful battle! Join us, throw the dice with Caesar and be part of the legend: it is your chance to become a hero!
Places visited
Rome
According to the legend Rome was founded by Romolo, descending nephew of Enea, the Troian hero. Since the beginning Rome has been a meeting point for different cultures, capital of the Empire that reunited East and West. Here you can enjoy in each corner some evidence of past ages: Classical Age, Middle Age, Renaissance and Modern Age. Walking through Rome is the same of time travelling! Let’s discover together the true atmosphere of the “Caput Mundi” city!
Padua
“Padova is the city of the saint without a name (S. Antonio), the bar without doors (Pedrocchi) and the square without grass (Prato della Valle)”. But what does it mean? We will tell you in Padua where you will see all these sights and even much more! You can discover the 12th century university, the oldest in Europe after the Alma Mater in Bologna, the ancient city walls and bridges that have seen many past battles, the Specola Tower where Galileo was used to study the sky, the ancient botanic garden, the impressive Palazzo della Ragione!
Venice
There’s no need to describe Venice! Just a little fact that maybe not everybody know: before being worldwide known as the city of love and culture, it originally was a little village built in the middle of the marshes in order to avoid barbarian raids.
Udine
Udine is in the heart of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region and thanks to its border position with Austria and Slovenia, it was the pathway to Italy for all barbarian tribes and armies throughout centuries, and that is also the reason for its great cultural diversity. One of its peculiarity is its dialect: Friulano is a language spoken only in the province of Udine. In Udine we will see the inheritance of the Republic of Venice and also the famous Castel: a legend wants it to be built for Attila, kings of the Huns, in order to see Aquileia burning from a high observation point.
Aquileia - Gemona del Friuli - Cividale del Friuli
Aquileia
Aquileia was the second most important Roman colony thanks to its strategic position. There are different Roman ruins and an archaeological museum. Besides that, there is also an important basilica with amazing late antique mosaics.

Gemona del Friuli
The town occupies a key point on the road from Italy to Austria and it was for long time an important part of the Republic of Venice. There are also traces of Celtic occupation of the 4th century BC. The present town is medieval in origin but was badly damaged in the 1976 Friuli earthquake.

Cividale del Friuli
It was founded by Julius Caesar and its ancient name “Forum Iulii” gives also the name to the actual region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In the 5th century it was also chosen as first capital of the Lombard Kingdom before being annexed to the Republic of Venice in the 15th century. It is split in two by the Natisone River, which is spanned by the impressive Devil's Bridge. The hills that surround Cividale are famous for wine production and we’ll have the chance to visit one of the winery and taste its typical products.