Dates: March 12 - March 23, 2017
Total Duration: 12 days
Cost: $6,970 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Via Antiqua
Region: Western Europe
Travel through the heart of Italy - Umbria, Tuscany, Rome - seeing the most beautiful sites and tasting some of the amazing food as Professor Harvey Goldblatt leads you on this unique tour that he first shared with students of Pierson College. This premium tour takes you to the highlights of Italy's heartland to see the finest masterpieces of Renaissance art, picturesque medieval towns, and the splendors of Rome in the company of an expert.
Start the journey in Umbria, where kings and popes struggled for power during the middle ages. Saint Francis of Assisi was born and buried here, and here you will find the famous fresco cycle attributed to Giotto. In Tuscany, the character of a new Europe becomes evident: Florence dominated the cultural scene during times of political struggle between the 14th and 17th centuries, and can boast beautiful architecture and fantastic art collections featuring works by Michelangelo, Botticelli, Da Vinci, and many more. The radiant Piazza del Duomo with its famous Leaning Tower at Pisa is influenced by the city's seaside location, whilst Siena never fails to impress with Gothic architecture. Experience the peaceful Tuscan countryside with the picturesque towns Lucca and San Gimignano, and enjoy a wine tasting in the Chiani region. Finally Rome, the eternal city, which has an abundance of sights to offer! See the St. Peter and the Vatican Museum with Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the American Academy.