Northern Italy beckons with a pristine wonderland of vertiginous rocky summits, misty spruce forests and mirror-like lakes. Fall under the spell of the Trentino–South Tyrol province, a compelling blend of the Mediterranean Italian, Alpine Austrian, Germanic and ethnic Ladin cultures. Explore Trento, Bolzano and verona, lyrical towns flaunting architectural treasures and gracious locals who are eager to share their passions. Travel through inspiring scenery, from lofty massifs that pierce the sky to exquisite Lake Garda. And indulge in exceptional wines and wholesome fare crafted from recipes passed down through the generations. This land will set your spirit free!
- Indulge in the extraordinary beauty of the Dolomites, a canvas of snow-dusted peaks, spectacular rock formations and cascading emerald vineyards
- Admire romantic Verona, a heart-stirring array of intimate piazzas and Roman ruins
- Cruise Lake Garda, ringed by vineyards, lemon gardens and attractive harbors
- Dine on unique gastronomic dishes, from polenta to strudel and savory bread dumplings known as canederli
- Relax over a delicious lunch at a chalet surrounded by breathtaking vistas
- Discover Bolzano with its old-world charm adn seductive blend of cultures
Day 1: Depart for Verona, Italy
Day 2: Verona, Italy / Trento
Day 3: Trento
Day 4: Adamello-Brenta Nature Park
Day 5: Verona
Day 6: Ortisei / Bolzano
Day 7: Lake Garda
Day 8: Trento
Day 9: Depart
Anna Minardi is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing in the Dartmouth College Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program. She holds a degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Università degli Studi di Parma, Italy and a MALS degree, which focused on cultural studies and creative writing. She has been teaching at Dartmouth since 2001. First in the French and Italian department, where she has served as language course coordinator while teaching Italian at all levels for 14 years. In 2014 she has joined the MALS program to teach a course on methodology as it pertains to the writing process and in 2020 started teaching an interdisciplinary creative writing course entitled Writing Nature.
One of her passions is cooking: Food to her, as language, is the intersection point and the link between the cultures. While it highlights cultural specificities it also becomes the logical place to connect us and merge differences around the table. One of her lectures might touch upon the topics of food and language, and how a cookery book helped the formation of the Italian national identity.