The discovery of the buried city of Pompeii in the 18th century gave birth to the modern science of archaeology, and at the same time added greatly to our understanding of Roman civilization. "Cities of Fire" is offered to students enrolled in the study abroad program in Sorrento, Italy, and takes advantage of the unique cultural heritage of Campania (the region surrounding the Gulf of Naples). The course is a survey of the techniques of archaeology, the vulcanism of the region, and the history and culture of the Roman civilization in Campania. Field lectures at sites including Pompeii, Herculaneum, Baia, Cuma, Puteoli, Mt. Vesuvius and Napoli enrich classroom presentations, and provide a first-hand experience of the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Students investigate specific aspects of Roman architecture, city planning, and culture, and present their findings in research reports during field visits.