Center Study Trip

Center for Arts and Letters Selects Italy for Its 2017 Trip

Each of Italy’s 20 regions embraces a unique identity, and we will see some of her most charming and awe-inspiring sights. After our arrival, we will find our way to a remote part of the Italian Riviera where the five glorious villages of Cinque Terre are situated on a chunk of rock above the Ligurian Sea. Where vineyards reign, church bells soothe and pesto is a daily staple, Cinque Terre is the perfect place to shed our jetlag.

Fully refreshed, we will settle into magical Tuscany, a landscape of beautiful rolling vineyards, olive groves and cypress trees, where the Chianti Hills and picture-perfect towns like Siena, San Gimignano and Cortona abound. Tuscany is also home to Florence, the region’s capital and birthplace of the Renaissance. We will see the city’s famous sights: Brunelleschi’s magnificent cathedral dome, Ghiberti’s Baptistery doors, the Accademia Gallery where Michelangelo’s David resides, the Uffizi with its breathtaking works by Leonardo, Botticelli, Michelangelo and others, and the Arno’s medieval Ponte Vecchio bridge, so loved by Hitler that he spared it from destruction.

We will immerse ourselves in Italy’s tranquil jewel—Umbria, whose residents call their region Il cuore verde dall’Italia (Italy’s green heart). In spring, the countryside is an explosion of red, pink, yellow, purple and blue wildflowers. Its unforgettable medieval hill towns include Perugia, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval hill towns; Assisi, perched halfway up Monte Subasio and the birthplace of St. Francis; and Orvieto, floating 1,000 feet above sea level and home to one of Italy’s finest Gothic cathedrals.

For a complete itinerary and brochure, contact the Center for Arts and Letters at 816-501-4607 or