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TUSCANY: Cortona

September 3-11, 2008     (Additional Departure) May 21-29, 2008
Faculty: Lawrence O. Goedde, Professor of Art History and Chair,McIntire Department of Art (May departure only)
(We will announce faculty for the September departure soon.)
Price: $2,445 per person, double occupancy, land only + VAT $95
$4,124 per person, double occupancy, including economy class air from Washington Dulles, + VAT $95

Registration is Open

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From the innovations of the Etruscans to the enlightenment of the Renaissance, Tuscany is a region steeped in history and human achievement. The charming village of Cortona will be our base as we travel through the surrounding Tuscan hill country, admiring the beauty of the land. In Siena, we'll navigate narrow cobblestone streets lined with Gothic buildings, visit the city's magnificent Duomo, and stroll the Piazza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy. Then, we journey to tiny Montepulciano, set in the heart of Chianti Country. In Umbria, we explore two walled cities: medieval Assisi, home to the exquisite Basilica of St. Francis, and Perugia, an ancient Etruscan city-state. Finally, we'll experience the brilliant artistic and architectural heritage of Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance.

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Program Highlights

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U.Va. Professor Lawrence Goedde has taught art history in the McIntire Department of Art since 1981, and has served the department as Chair since 1996. He received his bachelor of arts in the history of art from Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University. A scholar of Baroque art in Europe, Professor Goedde’s areas of specialization include Northern Baroque art—especially 17th century Dutch painting; early Netherlandish painting; and Old Master prints. He has lectured and written extensively on the topics of seascape, landscape and still life, with publications including his book Tempest and Shipwreck in Dutch and Flemish Art: Rhetoric Convention and Interpretation, and various exhibition catalogues and essays.

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Day 1 - U.S. to Florence

Depart our gateway city for Florence, Italy, aboard scheduled jet service.
(Provided for air-inclusive participants only.)

Day 2 - Cortona

Arrive in Florence. We transfer by motor coach to Cortona and the Hotel San Luca. (Transfer provided for air-Inclusive participants only.) This evening, gather with fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 - Cortona

We'll take a walking Tour of Cortona, admiring the treasures of the city as we stroll past historic palazzi and charming piazzas. We'll visit the Romanesque cathedral and the Diocesan Museum. We also will make an excursion to the Tuscan Countryside and travel through the hill country surrounding Cortona to admire the breathtaking scenery. We tour a winery and sample its superb vintages and fine local cheeses.

Day 4 - Siena

We travel to Siena, one of Italy's best-preserved medieval towns. See the Piazza del Campo, one of the loveliest squares in Italy, and the 14th-century Torre del Mangia (bell tower). We'll visit the Gaia Fountain and the dramatic Gothic Duomo.

Day 5 - Montpulciano

We travel to Montepulciano, a town of Renaissance-style palazzi and churches. We'll stroll along the main street, chatting with artisans and peeking into wine cellars filled with famous Vino Nobile. We will visit Cortona's 14th-century Praetorian Palace, where the Museum of the Etruscan Academy will astound us with its archaeological finds and ancient works of art.

Day 6 - Assisi & Perugia

We visit the magnificent walled city of Assisi to enjoy its treasures, including the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Basilica of St. Francis. We will have the opportunity to savor a delicious lunch at a restaurant in Assisi. We travel to Perugia to visit the Fontana Maggiore, one of the finest examples of Gothic art in Italy, and the Prior's Palace, which houses the National Gallery of Umbria, the most important collection of art in Umbria for the medieval and modern periods.

Day 7 - Florence

We embrace the heart of Tuscany and the Cradle of the Renaissance with a full day in Firenze! A guided tour highlights the city's art and architecture. We will have some time at leisure to pursue our own interests in Florence.

Day 8 - Cortona

We attend a presentation of Tuscan cooking and cuisine given by the skilled staff of the Restaurant Tonino. This evening, we gather for a special Graduation Ceremony, followed by a festive Farewell Reception and Dinner.

Day 9 - Florence to U.S.

We travel by motor coach to Florence for the return flight to our gateway city. (Provided for air-inclusive participants only.)

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motor coach.

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Program Fees

$2,445 per person, double occupancy, land only + VAT $95 per person
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $350.

Tour + air package: $4,124 per person, double-occupancy, economy-class roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles, + $95 VAT, includes taxes, fees and fuel surcharges

Deposit of $500 per person

Final invoicing at approximately 90 days (3 months) prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

Price includes:

In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard or Visa.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions



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