Tuscany's rolling knolls and fertile valleys have attracted artists, writers and travelers for centuries. Discover this remarkable landscape for yourself during a seven-night journey featuring hilltop villages, famed architecture and bountiful vineyards. Unpack once and settle in to your Tuscan villa in Cortona, a village steeped in Etruscan and Roman history. Delight your senses as you savor robust wines, nutty cheeses and Tuscan vistas in the Val d'Orcia. Visit Montepulciano, brimming with beautiful Renaissance palaces and churches, and marvel at Siena's Gothic structures and remarkable Duomo. Discover the treasures of Florence, including the Ponte Vecchio and the 14th-century Piazza della Signoria. Then immerse yourself in Etruscan legacy at the Praetorian Palace and the Museum of the Etruscan Academy. Along the way, local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This small-group program includes first-class accommodations in a Tuscan villa and an extensive meal plan complemented by wine with dinner.
Day 1: Depart for Florence, Italy
Day 2: Arrive Florence / Cortona
Day 3: Cortona
Day 4: Siena
Day 5: Florence
Day 6: Montepulciano
Day 7: Cortona
Day 8: Cortona
Day 9: Depart for gateway city
Optional two night post tour: Rome, Italy
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Barbara Kreiger is adjunct associate professor and chair of creative writing 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 travel classics, and her work has appeared in the "Smithsonian" magazine and "The New York Times." She was the recipient of a Fulbright award in Rome and spent a year teaching at the university there. She was also invited by CNN to travel to Jordan and Israel to participate in an environmental documentary. Barbara has been a popular instructor of memoir and travel writing for a number of years at the College and in the Alumni College.