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Florence 50th Reunion


Summer Seminar in Siena      June 23rd - July 1st, 2014
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9 Days/8 Overnights

Tour Itinerary

  • Monday, June 23rd

    3:00 p.m. Independent arrival and check-inat 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
    Website: www.letolfe.it

    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Meet and greet, information session, and welcome cocktails

    During our first hour-long session together you will have a chance to meet your classmates, learn more details about how you will spend your days in Siena, and re-acquaint yourself with Siena, Tuscany, and the Italian scene
    7:30 p.m Dinner


  • Tuesday, June 24th

     Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    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
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    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 Resource Person 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.

    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.


    11:30 a.m. 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.

    1:00 p.m Lunch at local restaurant in Siena with a menu of delicacies from the Sienese gastronomical tradition.

    5:00 p.m. Lecture: “Italian Neorealism”*
    Professor Ermelinda M. Campani

    *Please watch Rome Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1945), prior to your arrival and read the following:
    www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/movies/woody-allen-on-italian-movies-and-to-rome-with-love.html

    Professor Ermelinda M. Campani, Spogli Family Director of Stanford’s Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, will discuss this phenomenon unique to Italian Cinema, Neorealism. The years 1945-1948 marked a major turning point in how cinema was conceived aesthetically and its relevance goes well beyond the boundaries of Italian cinema to embrace a much broader panorama

    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 garden, 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 Villa Torre alle Tolfe



  • Wednesday, Jun 25th

     Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Guided visit of Siena with Professor Timothy Verdon

    Today is something of a one-day full immersion with Professor Timothy Verdon. Verdon, a world renowned Art Historian, is Burke Professor of Art History at the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, and Director of Florence’s Museo dell'Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore. Professor Verdon 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.

    1:00 p.m. Lunch at the Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    3:00 p.m. Lecture, “The Sienese School”
    Professor Timothy Verdon, Burke Professor of Art History at the Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence, Director of Museo dell’Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

     Rest of afternoon at leisure
    7:30 p.m. Dinner


  • Thursday, June 26th

    9:00 a.m. Departure for Florence
    10:30 a.m. Guided visit of Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate and introduction to the Stanford in Florence Program today.

    Your day in Florence begins with a visit to Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate, the new 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, Professor Ermelinda Campani, for an introductory session on the Stanford in Florence Program today.

    11:30 a.m. Lecture, “The Italian Puzzle”
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director, Stanford in Florence
    12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Buffet lunch at Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate
     Free afternoon in Florence

    6:00 p.m. Return to Siena
    8:00 p.m. Dinner at Villa Torre alle Tolfe


  • Friday, June 27th

     Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    11.30 a.m. Lecture: “Federico Fellini and Authorial Cinema”
    Professor Ermelinda M. Campani

    *Please watch 8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963) prior to your arrival and read the following:
    http://www.vulture.com/2013/06/50-years-later-the-influences-of-fellinis-8.html

    1:00 p.m. Lunch at Villa Torre alle Tolfe

    Rest of afternoon at leisure
    6:00 p.m. Lecture: “Siena: its history and spirit”
    Professor Alessandro Falassi

    Alessandro Falassi is Professor of Sociology at the University of Siena. Specialist in Cultural Anthropology graduated at the University of Florence, BA of Gonzaga University, of Spokane Phd University of California, Berkeley. Author of many books on Siena; its territory, its people “La Terra in piazza” is his best book translated in many languages.
    7:30 p.m. Dinner at Villa Torre alle Tolfe



  • Saturday, June 28th

     Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe

    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    11.30 a.m. Lecture, “The Year of Europe”
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director Stanford in Florence
    1:00 p.m. Lunch
    6:00 p.m. Lecture: “The gastronomic tradition of Siena and Tuscany”
    Professor Alessandro Falassi
    7:30 p.m. Dinner at Villa Torre alle Tolfe to sample wonderful and traditional Sienese dishes


  • Sunday, June 29th

     Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe
    9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Italian for Semi-beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    Time for individual sightseeing
    1:00 p.m. Lunch on your own
    - Afternoon at leisure
    6:00 p.m. Lecture, “The Palio: Siena’s Timeless Festival of Survival” Alessandro Falassi

    Palio expert, Alessandro Falassi, will teach you everything you need to know about Siena’s most beloved and well-known tradition, the Palio, the contrade, the history of this centuries-old race, and why it’s still so important to the Sienese and to Siena today.

    8:00 p.m. Pizza dinner at Villa Torre alle Tolfe

    Tonight we will have a traditional Italian style pizza while enjoying the area’s breathtaking panoramas.



  • Monday, June 30th

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

    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer
    The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Intermediate Italian
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence

    11:30 a.m. Lecture: “Contemporary Italian Cinema” *

    Professor Ermelinda M. Campani

    *Please watch Reality (Matteo Garrone, 2012) prior to your arrival
    1:00 p.m. Lunch at Villa Torre alle Tolfe

    4:00 p.m. Guided visit of Montalcino & Dinner

    Our last afternoon will be spent visiting the enchanting 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, July 1st

      Breakfast at Villa Torre alle Tolfe and individual departures

    Those who would like to extend their stay for the Palio can make arrangements directly with Effetto Italy.


RATES
EUR 2.580 per person


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