Liguria and Tuscany both are endowed with mild Mediterranean weather, but uncover the unique characteristics of these neighboring regions on this exciting journey. In Liguria, the beauty of seaside towns have turned a coastline of fishing villages into the glamorous Italian Riviera. Admire the harbors that erupt into an elegant jumble of pastel-colored homes. By contrast, shimmering olive groves and verdant vineyards blanket the Chianti region of Tuscany, where agriculture continues to support a 3,000-year-old legacy of savory cuisine and extraordinary wine. Embrace the differences that have created the Italian Riviera and Chianti's distinctive personalities and the similarities that make them two of Italy's most beloved regions.
Day 1: Depart for Genoa, Italy
Day 2: Genoa / Sestri Levante
Day 3: Portofino / Camogli
Day 4: Cinque Terre
Day 5: Sestri Levante
Day 6: Carrara / Radda
Day 7: Siena / Castellina in Chianti
Day 8: Florence
Day 9: San Gimignano / Colle di Val D'Elsa
Day 10: Depart for US
Barbara Kreiger is Adjunct Associate Professor and Chair of the Creative Writing Concentration in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in English from Brandeis University and is the author of "The Dead Sea and the Jordan River" and "Divine Expectations: An American Woman in Nineteenth-Century Palestine." She has written introductions for new editions of travel classics, and her work has appeared in "Smithsonian Magazine," "The New York Times," and "The Boston Globe." She was the recipient of a Fulbright award in Rome, where she taught at the university in 2004-05 and recently participated in a CNN documentary. Barbara has also been a popular instructor of memoir and travel writing for a number of years at the College and in the Alumni College. Her talks about Italy will take in aspects of travel, memoir, and language.