Alumni Italy Trip 2014
June 16-27, 2014
We’re repeating our most popular trip! Bill Cook ’66 has led two previous trips to Italy to immerse alums and friends of the College in Italian culture and incredible art. Bill is Wabash’s own scholar, Franciscan scholar, Renaissance art scholar, lecturer, and much more.
The 2014 trip will include Bill’s noted tours of Florence and Siena. But the 2014 trip will include time in Rome – a first for our alumni travel program. This trip is open to any alumni, parents or friends of the College. Join us for this very enjoyable and educational time in Italy.
We shall visit the Cathedral and City Hall plus several other historical buildings. There is time to stroll through the streets of the best preserved medieval city in Europe, examining picturesque hidden streets, the walls, and the water fountains. We will learn about the fierce rivalries between neighborhoods, expressed semi-annually in the Palio, a horse race run in the city’s main piazza; and we will have the opportunity to visit the museum and church of one of those neighborhoods, normally not open to the public. There will be time to shop in the weekly outdoor market. We shall spend a day in the country, visiting an old monastery (complete with monks) and two lovely hill towns, Montalcino and Pienza.
We shall visit all the major monuments including the cathedral and baptistry, city hall, Accademia Musuem (Michelangelo’s David), the churches of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, and several lesser known and uncrowded spots. On Monday, we will have a private tour of the Uffizi Museum, the most important gallery of Renaissance painting in the world. One day we shall venture into the countryside to visit the villa of Machiavelli where he wrote the Prince exactly 500 years ago, dining in the inn across the street where Machiavelli “hung out.”
We will visit ancient Rome and its monuments (Colosseum, Forum, Pantheon), Christian Rome (Vatican, Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel), and several interesting but lesser known sites to see medieval mosaics as well as paintings by Caravaggio. If Pope Francis is in the city, we will try to arrange for those interested to attend his weekly audience on Wednesday.
- $4350 per person, double occupancy
- $2700 without airfare (Book on your own)
- Additional $600 for single-room supplement
- Space is limited. A $500 per person non-refundable deposit is due with registration. Deposit is due by March 1.Balance will be due by March 31.
- Roundtrip airfare in coach. Chicago will be our city of origin.
- Ground transportation in Italy
- All airport taxes, etc,
- Admission to historic sites and museums
- Accomodations in 3-star hotels, with breakfast
- 4-6 meals.
Tour Does Not Include
- Tips for any extra services
- Meals (other than those listed in final itinerary)
- Alcoholic beverage (except wine at prepaid meals)
Bill cook is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wabash College, where he was a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha and a member of the Glee Club. With a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, Bill headed east to Cornell University, where he completed his Ph.D. in medieval history. He taught at the State University of New York at Geneseo where he won numerous awards as an outstanding educator.
The author of four books and numerous articles about medieval and Renaissance history, Bill is internationally known as a speaker. In recent years, he has presented programs for Friends of Florence, an organization devoted to restoring art in Tuscany, and YPO, an international organization of CEOs.
In addition to Italy, Bill has also been an invited speaker in Mexico, England, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Ireland, Greece, Turkey, Kenya, Japan, and China.
Bill will be leading his third Wabash group through Italy.
Registration must be received by Monday, March 10 to assure
spot on group flight
For More Information:
Howard Hewitt (email@example.com)
or call: 765-361-6087