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Florence 50th Reunion


Summer Seminar in Siena      June 12, 2015 - June 22,2015
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11 Days/10 Overnights  
   
Tour Itinerary

  • Friday, June 12th

          Arrival in Florence – Independent transfer to:

    Hotel Pierre
    Via De Lamberti 5
    50123 Florence
    Tel. + 39 055 216218
    Fax +39 055 2396573
    www.hotel-pierre-florence.com

    Along with an unparalleled location amidst opulent Gothic and mid-century architecture right in the heart of Florence, two blocks away from the Duomo, Hotel Pierre affords guests impeccable accessibility to captivating sites such as Loggia del Mercato Nuovo, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery (Galleria degli Uffizi), and Basilica of Santa Croce. The traditional guestrooms of the hotel showcase gorgeous antique furniture, windows that open, and an impressive selection of useful items such as flat-panel TV, premium satellite channels, direct-dial telephone, free Wi-Fi, safe, and minibar
     
    7:00 p.m.     Guided visit of Palazzo Capponi alle Rovinate and Introduction to the Stanford in Florence Program today.

    Buffet dinner to follow.

     
  • Saturday, June 13th

    10:00 a.m.     Breakfast at the hotel

    Guided visit of the Baptistery and Duomo with Professor Timothy Verdon

    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.

     
          Afternoon at leisure
     

     
  • Sunday, Jun 14th

          Breakfast at the hotel

    Free morning and afternoon
    5:00 p.m.     Departure for Siena, 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
    www.letolfe.it
     
    7:30 p.m.     Dinner at Villa le Tolfe

     
  • Monday, June 15th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    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.

     

    11:30 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.

    1:30 p.m.     Lunch in Siena at the Vinattieri restaurant
    3:30 p.m.    

    Return to Villa Le Tolfe

    Afternoon at leisure to rest, play tennis, swim, take a walk, or simply explore the beautiful surroundings.

    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.    

    Pizza at Villa Le Tolfe

    Tonight we will have a traditional Italian-style pizza and dine al fresco while enjoying the area’s breathtaking panoramas.

  • Tuesday, June 16th

          Breakfast at Villa Torre alle 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.
     
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe
    3:00 p.m.     Lecture: “The Sienese School”

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

  • Wednesday, June 17th

          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: “Federico Fellini and Authorial Cinema”
    Dr. Ermelinda M. Campani

    *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
          Rest of afternoon at leisure
    5:00 p.m.     Lecture: “The City of Siena and its Palio”
    Professor Giovanni Mazzini

    Professor Giovanni Mazzini received a B.A. with honors in Medieval History and a doctoral degree in Institutions and Archives, both from the University of Siena. He teaches a course on the Black Death of 1348 at the Sienese Center of IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students), and lectures about Sienese History, the History of the Palio, and the Contrade of Siena. He has also taught courses on the History and Culture of Food and Art History at Siena Italian Studies.
     
    8:00 p.m.     Dinner at Villa Le Tolfe

     
  • Thursday, June 18th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    10:00 a.m.     Guided visit of one of Siena’s Contrade
    Professor Giovanni Mazzini

    Rest of the day for individual sightseeing
     
    08:00 p.m.     Dinner at Villa Le Tolfe  

     
  • Friday, June 19th

          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
     
        Rest of the morning and afternoon at leisure
    6:00 p.m.     Lecture: Italy Today
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director, Stanford in Florence
     
    7:30 p.m.     Dinner at Villa Le Tolfe to sample traditional Sienese dishes

     
  • Saturday, June 20th

        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.   Lecture: “Where is Europe Going?”
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director, Stanford in Florence
     
    1:00 p.m.   Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe  
        Afternoon at leisure  
    7:00 p.m.   Olive Oil Tasting with Keith Richmond, Podere Boggioli (http://www.boggioli.com/)  
    8:00 p.m.   Dinner at Villa le Tolfe  

  • Sunday, 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: “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 & Dinner

    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.
     
     

  • Monday June 22nd

        Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe  
        Those who would like to attend the Milan Expo before or after the Seminar can make arrangements directly with Effetto Italy, our Travel Agency.
     
     
 
     

 

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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