Traveling with professors to places with amazing historical backgrounds is one of the greatest perks of the Cornell in Rome programme. Having your professor enlighten you about the turbulent or peaceful past of an ancient Roman city is a much more fulfilling experience than listening to a pre-programmed audio tour-guide! (Who uses those things anyways?).
Traveling with our City and Regional Planning Professors and locally wise Italian TA’s, there’s a wealth of information about the cities I visited that my eye could see only thanks to them.