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Florence 50th Reunion


Summer 2017 Seminar: Siena and the Jewels of Tuscany     
June 18, 2017 - June 27, 2017
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10 Days/9 nights  
   
Tour Itinerary

  • Sunday, June 18th

     3:00 p.m.     Arrival and accommodation at the Villa Torre alle Tolfe

    Address and contact information:
    Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    Strada delle Tolfe, 14
    53100 Siena
    Ph: +39 0577 2551
    Fax: +39 0577 44591
    email: info@letolfe.it
    Website: www.letolfe.it
     
    6:30 p.m     Introduction to the Program and refreshments
    7:30 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa

     
  • Monday, June 19th

        Breakfast at the Villa
    9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.     Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

    Choose this session if you have not spoken Italian since you were a student at Stanford and if you can barely remember the basics (e.g.: greetings, asking for directions, ordering at a restaurant, etc.).
     
    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.     Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

    Join this class if you have used Italian occasionally or studied it again over the years, feel confident about your speaking and listening skills, and are able to carry out with ease a basic conversation in Italian.
    Please note that you can self-place into one of the two or both levels (depending on your own assessment of your Italian language skills), and that you can always switch between levels.

    Fiorenza Quercioli, Language instructor at Stanford’s Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, will teach both of these intensive language sessions that will jog your memory, enable you to brush up on your Italian and speak with more confidence.

     
    11:45 a.m.     Depart for walking tour of Siena

    Join Donatella Grilli for an introductory walking tour of Siena where you will (re)discover the hidden treasures of this magnificent Medieval city.
    Donatella Grilli, though not Sienese by birth, couldn't be more passionate about Siena. She is able, far more than a native, to convey to visitors the spirit of her adoptive town. After years of wanderlust, she settled in Siena several decades ago, and has been working as a guide, sharing her love of art, history, and languages, since the seventies.

     
    1:30 p.m.     Lunch in Siena at the Vinattieri restaurant
     
    3:30 p.m.     Return to Villa Le Tolfe
     
    5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.     Lecture: “Italian Neorealism”*
    Dr. Ermelinda M. Campani, Spogli Family Director, The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    *Please watch Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945), prior to your arrival and read the following: http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=940CE7DE1239E23ABC4E51DFB466838D659EDE

    Ermelinda M. Campani, is the Spogli Family Director of Stanford’s Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence. At the Program, she teaches one film course per quarter. She has authored three books on film and many articles

     
    6:30 p.m.     Visit of Villa di Geggiano followed by drinks

    The Villa di Geggiano has been home to the Bianchi Bandinelli family and its winery since 1527. Today the family continues to manage the Villa and surrounding vineyards with the passion of those who thoroughly appreciate the beauty and richness of this land. The Villa and gardens, originally built in the 14th century and completely renovated around 1780, have been declared a National Heritage site. (www.villadigeggiano.com)
     
    8:00 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa
     

     
  • Tuesday, June 20th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    9:00 a.m.     Departure for Florence

    Your day in Florence begins with a visit to Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate, home to the Stanford in Florence Program and one of the finest and most well-preserved examples of Renaissance architecture. Located in the Oltrarno, across the river from the Uffizi Museum, Palazzo Capponi was built between 1406-1411 and its Renaissance courtyard, the first known example of its kind, has been attributed to Filippo Brunelleschi. After a guided visit, please join the Florence Program Director, Dr. Ermelinda Campani, for an introductory session on the Stanford in Florence Program today.
    10:30 a.m.     Guided visit of Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate and Introduction to the Stanford in Florence Program today.
    11:00 a.m.     Guided visit to the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo.

    Free time in Florence

    5:00 p.m.     Depart by bus for Greve in Chianti.
    6:00 p.m.     Visit Greve’s main piazza
    7:30 p.m.     Castello di Verrazzano: Tour, wine tasting and dinner

    The Verrazzano Castle is nestled in the hills of the Chianti Classico area and was the first grape growing and wine producing area in the world to be determined by an official proclamation (made by the grand Duke Cosimo III de' Medici in 1716). Once renowned for its strategic military importance, thanks to its elevated position, today the Chianti is known almost exclusively for its impressive wines and its landscape, almost entirely covered by vineyards. The castle itself is the birthplace of the great explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano.

     
  • Wednesday, June 21st

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.     Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

     
    10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.     Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.     Lecture: “Italy and Europe: What Next?”
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director, Stanford in Florence
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe
    2:30 p.m.     Introductory talk on Lucca, Elaine Ruffolo

    Elaine Ruffolo has been teaching art history in Florence, Italy, since 1989; her special interests include patronage and the history of taste. Ruffolo currently lectures for Syracuse University in Florence and various adult programs throughout Italy each year. She is also resident director of the Smithsonian Associate’s Programs in Italy and has developed art history programs for National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale Alumni and Trinity College.

    Rest of afternoon free.

    8:00 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa

  • Thursday, June 22nd

          Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    8:00 a.m.     Departure for Lucca
    10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.     Guided visit of Lucca with Elaine Ruffolo
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch in Lucca at Ristorante Buca S. Antonio

    Free time in Lucca

    Lucca captivates every visitor that sets foot in its charming piazzas and ambles through its picturesque, winding streets and along the paths surrounded by the old city walls. Enjoy a guided visit of this true jewel of a town and then spend free time in the afternoon exploring its famous villas on your own.
    6:00 p.m.     Return to Siena
    8:00 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa

  • Friday, June 23rd

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
     
    9:30 a.m.     Guided visit of Siena with Professor Timothy Verdon

    Today is something of a one-day full immersion with Professor Timothy Verdon who will teach on-site classes at Siena’s Cathedral, the Museo del Duomo (where Duccio’s Maestà is housed), the Piazza del Campo, and Palazzo Pubblico in the morning. In the afternoon, he will hold a classroom lecture with slides where he will discuss the great masters of the Sienese School.

    Timothy Verdon, a world renowned Art Historian, teaches Art History at the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, and is the Director of Florence’s Museo dell'Opera del Duomo.

    1:00 p.m.     Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe
    3:00 p.m.     Lecture: “The Sienese School” Professor Timothy Verdon
    5:30 p.m.     Guided visit with Donatella Grilli of one of Siena’s Contrade and talk on the Palio

    Dinner on your own in Siena (transportation provided)
    7:30 p.m.     Dinner at Villa le Tolfe

     
  • Saturday, June 24th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.     Italian for Semi-beginners

    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.     Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

    *Please watch La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960) and 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) prior to your arrival and read the following:
    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-la-dolce-vita-1960
    http://www.vulture.com/2013/06/50-years-later-the-influences-of-fellinis-8.html

     
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe
     
    5:00 p.m.     Introductory talk on Arezzo, Elaine Ruffolo
     
    6:00 p.m.   Olive Oil Tasting with Keith Richmond, Podere Boggioli

    http://www.boggioli.com/

    Keith Richmond, ’63, was in Stanford-in-Italy Group IV in 1962 and has lived in Italy since 1964. He was head of publishing at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN in Rome until 1996 and since then has produced award-winning extra virgin organic olive oil on his farm in Tuscany.

     
    8:00 p.m.   Dinner at the Villa
     

     
  • Sunday, June 25th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    09:30 a.m.     Departure for Arezzo

     
    10:00a.m.–12:45 p.m.     Visit of Arezzo with Elaine Ruffolo

     
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch in Arezzo at Ristorante La Lancia D’Oro

    Renowned for its wealth of artistic treasures, as well as its goldsmiths and antiques, Arezzo is also the birthplace of Giorgio Vasari and Petrarch. Today will be dedicated to a discovery of this gem of a town and to a study of the rich legacy left behind by artists such as Piero della Francesca, Masaccio, and the Della Robbia family.

    Free time to explore on your own

    5:00 p.m.     Return to Siena

     

     
  • Monday, June 26th

        Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe  
    9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.   Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
     
     
    10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.   Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
     
     
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.   Lecture: “Contemporary Italian Cinema” *

    Dr. Ermelinda M. Campani
    *Please watch The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013) prior to your arrival and please read the following:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/movies/the-great-beauty-movie-review-finding-deep-meaning-in-superficial-extravagance/2013/11/26/f8781844-5390-11e3-9fe0-fd2ca728e67c_story.html
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/15/movies/the-great-beauty-starring-toni-servillo.html
     
    1:00 p.m.   Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe  
    4:00 p.m.   Guided visit of Montalcino & Final Dinner at Ristorante Boccon Divino

    Our last afternoon will be spent visiting the charming town of Montalcino, famous for the beauty of its bucolic Tuscan landscape and known the world over for the production of one of the region’s finest wines, Brunello di Montalcino. After our visit we will dine at a traditional local restaurant for our farewell to Tuscany dinner.
     

  • Tuesday, June 27st

        Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe and individual departures  

 
     

 

RATES
EUR 2.900 per person for double occupancy in twin bedded room
EUR 2.900 per person for double occupancy in European queen size bedded room
EUR 3.550 per person for single occupancy in single room
EUR 2.800 per person for double occupancy in European queen size bedded room, in a separate apartment when at the Villa Le Tolfe (see Terms and Conditions for details)


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