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A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Archaeologist Janet Duncan Jones has more than 30 years of fieldwork at sites in Italy, Jordan, Greece, Turkey, and elsewhere. She is Presidential Professor of Classics at Bucknell University specializing in classical and Near Eastern archaeology, early urbanism, and environmental history. Janet’s publications focus on ancient technology and cultural landscapes. She has taught about the human impact on ancient environments, including Machu Picchu, Easter Island, the Gangetic Plain, southern Jordan, and the Nile Valley. Whenever possible, Janet teaches courses about her three passions: ancient technology, the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and Alexander the Great.
Writer Tim Jepson is a passionate and lifelong devotee of Italy. Since graduating from Oxford he has spent many years living in and writing about the country. He has authored more than a dozen books, two articles for National Geographic Traveler, and five National Geographic guidebooks to Italy's cities and regions. Tim has also worked on programs about Italy for the BBC and commercial television. A keen hiker, Tim takes pleasure in studying the food, wine, art, and culture of the country.
Born and raised in the south of Italy, Massimo Bassano has traveled, taught, and photographed extensively in his native country. Massimo photographed the September 2011 National Geographic Traveler article "The Towns Italy Forgot." His acclaimed book The Color of Silence detailed the 12 weeks he spent in a little-known Italian monastery. His work has appeared widely in European publications, as well as in National Geographic Traveler and on the National Geographic website. Massimo will enhance this expedition with his infectious enthusiasm, knowledge, and love for the region.