Travel to the Italian Lake District, the Riviera, and other gems of Northern Italy as you soak up Italian culture.

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 Vernazza, the Cinque Terre  The lovely Borromean island of Isola Bella, located on Lake Maggiore  The village of Stresa, located on Lake Maggiore  Milan's renowned cathedral  The village of Portofino on the Italian Riviera  The seaside town of Vernazza, one of the Cinqueterre villages  The iconic Duomo of Florence  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  The Campo in Siena  The facade and distinctive belltower of Siena's cathedral  The Tuscan hill town of Volterra  The hill town of San Gimignano, featuring its many medieval towers  The quintessential Tuscan landscape with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses   Vista of Verona  View of the Doge's Palace and Campanile from the canal in Venice  The Grand Canal of Venice  Venice

Northern Italy

Featuring the Italian Lake District, Cinque Terre, Tuscany, Alpine Tyrol, and Venice

15 days from $5,474 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel to the Italian Lake District, the Riviera, and other gems of Northern Italy as you soak up Italian culture.

or Call 855-330-1542

Oct 10 - 24, 2017 Departure; Aug 29 - Sep 12, 2018 Departure
Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale

Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian, filmmaker, photographer, and travel writer who received his Ph.D. in art history from UC Santa Barbara. Allan has taught courses in Italian Renaissance art, Byzantine art, East Indian art, and Islamic art and currently teaches art history at UC Santa Cruz and film studies at UC Santa Barbara.

He has written the definitive guidebook to the little known region of Turkish Cyprus, In a Contested Realm (2012) and also made a documentary film on the architecture and history of the medieval city of Famagusta, The Stones of Famagusta: the Story of a Forgotten City (2008). Allan’s most recent book is Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness (2015).

A popular Smithsonian Expert, Allan has traveled extensively in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, including Jordan and Egypt, and India. He lectures often in Italy, Greece, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.

Apr 25 - May 9, 2018 Departure
Nancy and Gary Radke

Nancy and Gary Radke

Nancy and Gary Radke began exploring Italy together on their honeymoon in 1974.  They fell in love with everything Italian: the people, the history, the language, the art, the food, and the landscape. Gary went on to become Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University, where he taught Renaissance art history for 35 years and directed a prestigious master’s degree program in Florence.  Nancy is a nationally recognized expert on Italian cooking.  For 25 years she directed the U.S. Information Office of Parmigiano-Reggiano, the original parmesan cheese.  She also published CIAO, The Definitive Italian Food Newsletter and appeared as a guest on Mary Ann Esposito’s Ciao Italia television program. Gary has published widely on Italian Renaissance art and co-authored the college textbook Art in Renaissance Italy.  He has curated exhibitions on Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Lorenzo Ghiberti, among others. Gary is a fellow of the American Academy in Rome; Nancy is Garde et Juré of the Guilde Internationale des Fromageres.

May 16 - 30, 2018 Departure
Ross King

Ross King

Dr. Ross King is the best-selling author of five books on Italian art and history, including Brunelleschi’s Dome (2000), Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (2002), and Leonardo and The Last Supper (2012). He has also published a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli and edited a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s fables, jokes, and riddles. He is the co-author with Anja Grebe of Florence: The Paintings & Frescoes, 1250-1743 (2015), the most comprehensive (and probably the heaviest) book ever undertaken on the art of Florence.

Ross serves on the Council of Academic Advisors for Friends of Florence, the fund-raising charity ensuring the survival of Florence’s art and architectural treasures. He has participated in numerous Friends of Florence study tours throughout Italy, including in Rome, Assisi, and Milan. He is a regular participant in the Italian Renaissance seminars at the Aspen Institute, including programmes on Giotto, St. Francis, and Dante. He has appeared in a number of television documentaries, such as The Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance (PBS, 2003), Raphael: A Mortal God (BBC, 2004), The Great Cathedral Mystery (Nova, 2014), and Florence’s Invisible City (BBC, 2016). He has lectured in many American museums, including the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Frick Collection, and the National Gallery of Art. When not traveling for work or pleasure, he lives near Oxford, in England, with his wife Melanie.

Sep 19 - Oct 3, 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.

Oct 10 - 24, 2018 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.