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Florence 50th Reunion


Summer 2018 Seminar: Siena and the Jewels of Tuscany     
June 17, 2018 - June 26, 2018
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10 Days/9 nights  
   
Tour Itinerary

  • Sunday, June 17th

     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: http://www.letolfe.it
     
    6:30 p.m     Introduction to the Program and refreshments
    7:30 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa

     
  • Monday, June 18th

        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 Camilla Baines for an introductory walking tour of Siena where you will (re)discover the hidden treasures of this magnificent Medieval city.
    Camilla Baines grew up in London where she studied Art History at London University. She has lived in Italy for 16 years and has worked as a guide since 1988, traveling with small specialized groups, and working now as a private licensed guide in Florence and the surrounding areas. She is one of the most successful certified guides of Florence and its province.

     
    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. (http://www.villadigeggiano.com)
     
    8:00 p.m.     Dinner at the Villa
     

     
  • Tuesday, June 19th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    9:30 a.m.     Guided visit of Siena with Camilla Baines

    1:00 p.m.     Lunch at Villa Le Tolfe
    3:00 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.

    5:30 p.m.     Guided visit with Donatella Grilli of one of Siena’s Contrade and talk on the Palio

    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.

    Dinner on your own in Siena (transportation provided)

     
  • Wednesday, June 20th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.     Cooking class (optional – see “Rates” box below) and lunch

     
    3:00 p.m.-3:45 p.m.     Italian for Semi/beginners
    Fiorenza Quercioli, Lecturer

    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.     Lecture: “Italy and Europe: What Next?”
    Professor Giuseppe Mammarella, Emeritus Director, Stanford in Florence
        Dinner at the Villa
  • Thursday, June 21st

          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 22nd

          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, the Florence Program Director, Dr. Ermelinda Campani, will provide 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.

    Free time in Florence

    2:00 p.m.     Guided visit of the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo with Timothy Verdon
    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.


     
  • Saturday, June 23rd

          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 a.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
     
    4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.     Cooking class (optional – see “Rates” box below)
     
    8:00 p.m.   Dinner at the Villa
     

     
  • Sunday, June 24th

          Breakfast at Villa le Tolfe
    10:00 a.m.     Departure for Antinori winery Il Bargino

    Guided visit and lunch

     
    1:00 p.m.     Lunch there

    3:00 p.m.     Return to Siena

     
    4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.     Cooking class (optional – see “Rates” box below)

    6:30 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

     
  • Monday, June 25th

        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

     
    6:00 p.m.   Aperitivo at the Villa

     
    8:00 p.m.   Dinner at Il Mangia (Piazza del Campo)

     

  • Tuesday, June 26th

        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)
EUR 75 per person for each cooking class. If you would like register, please send an e-mail to gvenier@effettoitaly.com specifying the day/days you want to enroll for (June 20th and/or June 23rd and/or June 24th)


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