Travel under the Tuscan – and Umbrian – sun, on a leisurely idyll through two of Italy’s most storied regions. Ancient Etruscan hill towns, timeless landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and especially, openhearted people, render the essence of Italy. And a stay in the “Eternal City” of Rome adds the grace note to this small group tour. 

Starting at: $5,087 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 The quintessential Tuscan countryside, replete with rolling hills, cypress trees, and farmhouses  Botticelli's <i>The Birth of Venus</i> in the Uffizi in Florence  The Basilica of San Francesco d'Assisi  Traditional foods of Tuscany  Freshly made pasta  The Roman Forum  Typical residence in Tuscany hill town  The ethereal landscape of Tuscany  The dramatic facade of Orvieto's cathedral   The Etruscan town of Orvieto, sitting high above the Umbrian plain  Typical street scene in Cortona  Michelangelo's <i>David</i> in the Accademia in Florence  View of the Tuscan hill town of Pienza  The legendary Roman Colosseum  The distinctive architecture of Siena Cathedral   The Palazzo Pubblico in Siena's Campo  Cathedral Santa Maria del Fior, Duomo, in Florence, Italy

Gems of Tuscany and Umbria

13 days from $5,087 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Travel under the Tuscan – and Umbrian – sun, on a leisurely idyll through two of Italy’s most storied regions. Ancient Etruscan hill towns, timeless landscapes, awe-inspiring art, and especially, openhearted people, render the essence of Italy. And a stay in the “Eternal City” of Rome adds the grace note to this small group tour. 

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Aug 31 - Sep 12, 2017 Departure
Gary Radke

Gary Radke

Gary Radke served as Dean's Professor of the Humanities and professor of art history in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Upon joining the faculty in 1980, he promptly took over the Florence Graduate Program in Italian Renaissance Art and elevated it- and the department of Art & Music Histories in general- to international prominence. Radke is one of the world's leading experts on Italian Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture, with a special interest in 15th-century Florentine sculpture. Since 2001, Radke has served as a guest curator at Atlanta's High Museum of Art, where he organized a series of high-profile shows-and their respective exhibition catalogs- featuring works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Ghiberti, Verrocchio, and other Italian Renaissance masters. Radke is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Oct 12 - 24, 2017 Departure
Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca Schindler

Rebecca K. Schindler is Professor of Classical Studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. She teaches courses in Classical art and archaeology, Latin, Greek and Roman Mythology, and Classical literature. Rebecca has chaired the Department of Classical Studies at DePauw University and has served as the co-editor of the book reviews for The American Journal of Archaeology. Her research interests include the archaeology of Greek colonization in South Italy and Sicily, Greek religion, applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in archaeology, and the ethics of cultural heritage. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in Classical and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology and her PhD from the University of Michigan in Classical Art and Archaeology. She has also studied at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens and worked as a visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Rebecca's archaeological field experience includes projects in Tunisia, Cyprus, Turkey, and Italy. Since 2015 she has been working with Umbra Institute in Perugia on a field project at Castiglione del Lago on Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, Italy. She is finishing a book on sanctuaries of Aphrodite in Italy and Sicily. She currently serves as the president of the Central Indiana Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and the co-PI of the Collaboratory for GIS and Mediterranean Archaeology. Outside of her professional life, Rebecca is passionate about Italian food and enjoys exploring traditional markets and learning new recipes.