Italy’s breathtaking Lake District has inspired painters, writers, and poets. Enjoy the area's gardens, arts, and contemporary life, set amid Italy's northern lakes and mountains, during this one-week stay in Stresa.

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 The lovely Borromean island of Isola Bella, located on Lake Maggiore  The splendid gardens on Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore  The gardens of Isola Bella on Lake Maggiore  Parterre gardens on Isola Bella, Lake Maggiore  White peacock at home on Isola Bella  View of Stresa and islands on Lake Maggiore  Isola San Giulio, Lake Orta  Villa along the shores of Lake Como  View of Pallanza on Lake Maggiore  The ornate Gothic cathedral of Milan

Italy's Lake District

A One-Week Stay in Stresa Featuring Lake Maggiore, Lake Como, and Lake Orta

9 days from $3,990

Italy’s breathtaking Lake District has inspired painters, writers, and poets. Enjoy the area's gardens, arts, and contemporary life, set amid Italy's northern lakes and mountains, during this one-week stay in Stresa.

or Call 855-330-1542

Oct 6 - 14, 2017 Departure
Valerie Hedquist

Valerie Hedquist

Valerie Hedquist is a professor of art history at the University of Montana.  She earned her Ph.D. with honors at the University of Kansas and has been teaching and writing for over twenty years. During her academic life, she has also continued to explore and teach the art and architecture of Italy, a country whose language and literature she studied while an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota. Valerie has travelled with students to many national and international locations, including several trips to Italy.  She has written reviews and catalogue essays for museum exhibitions, broadcast radio programs, and presented papers to local, regional, and international meetings on an array of topics from the plague in art to the use of assemblage in contemporary artistic processes.  In summer 2011, her book on the art and life of Montana artist, Fra Dana was published.  Since 1975, she has explored Italy from Palermo, Sicily to Asti in the Piedmont region.

Apr 30 - May 8, 2018 Departure
Sara James

Sara James

Sara N. James is Professor Emerita of Art History at Mary Baldwin College. For 25 years she also served as director of the Renaissance Studies in Italy Program. Although a specialist in Italian Renaissance art with a particular passion for fresco programs, she has taught a broad range of courses in Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and medieval English art and architecture.  Sara’s publications include a spring 2016 article in the medieval journal  Gesta on the role of St. Joseph in fourteenth century paintings of the life of the Virgin Mary at Orvieto, a chapter, "Vasari on Signorelli: The Origins of the Grand Manner of Painting" in Reading Vasari (Philip Wilson, 2005), and two books, Signorelli and Fra Angelico at Orvieto: Liturgy, Poetry and a Vision of the End-time (Ashgate, 2003), and Art in England from the Saxons to the Tudors: 600-1600 (Oxbow, 2016). Her speaking engagements include the College Art Association, the Renaissance Society of America, and the Chief Executives Organization (Florence, 2008). Sara holds a Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Virginia, an M.A. (Medieval Studies) from Old Dominion University, a B.A. in Art from Mary Baldwin College, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society.

Jun 23 - Jul 1, 2018 Departure
Luca Zavagno

Luca Zavagno

Luca Zavagno was born in Venice, where he received his B.A. degree in History from the University Ca’Foscari; he completed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Birmingham on the society, culture, economics and politics of Byzantine cities. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Bilkent University and Visiting Professor of Byzantine Art History at University Ca’Foscari of Venice. He is currently working on his forthcoming book An Island in Transition: Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages (ca. 600-ca. 850) to be published by Ashgate.
Dr. Zavagno is the author of many articles on the early Medieval Mediterranean, of the edited volume Islands of Eastern Mediterranean. A History of Cross Cultural Encounters (with Özlem Caykent) and of Cities in Transition: Urbanism in Byzantium Between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (British Archaeological Reports-International Series, 2009), a book which explores the impact of important historical events on urban settlements in the Pontus (Amastris), Italy (Naples), Western Anatolia (Ephesus), and Greece (Gortyn and Athens) during this period. He is also the co-organizer of the annual Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds, Associate Scholar of the Mediterranean Seminar, and a Teaching Fellow of the School of Advanced Studies of the Università di Salerno.

Aug 25 - Sep 2, 2018 Departure
Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell

Gail Cornell is an architectural historian, whose research and lectures on the history of architecture have taken her to Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, and North Africa numerous times. A graduate of Harvard University's graduate School of Design, Gail has led many tours to Europe for Smithsonian Journeys over the past 20 years. She is an Adjunct Faculty member of New York University and a lecturer on architecture, design and art at NYC's Museum of Modern Art.  As a resident of New York City, Gail volunteers her time as an architectural historian at New York City's historic City Hall.