SHAKESPEARE'S ITALY: March 17-26, 2011
Join Professors Tom Kremer and Carol Hanscom for Shakespeare in Italy.
Explore this European nation from a whole new perspective. This land, its heritage and people provided much of William Shakespeare's inspiration. Italy produced the genius of Michelangelo, Giotto, DaVinci, Caravaggio and Bernini, and landmarks such as the towering St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice (pictured above, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons), the elegant Duomo in Florence, and the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome.
Together, Tom and Carol’s professional work in acting and directing has been seen at places such as Oxford Playhouse, England; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington; Fringe Festival, Scotland; and many prestigious theater companies in New York City and across America.
$2,950 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $599
(based on 25 participants, current airfare, and rates of exchange)
INCLUDED TOUR FEATURES
* Roundtrip airfare USA/Italy
* Eight nights hotel accommodations
* Eight buffet breakfasts, two lunches, three dinners
* Escorted tours as per itinerary
* Licensed local guides and tour escort
* Admission and entrance fees as specified
* All transfers on itinerary
* Farewell dinner
(NOT INCLUDED: Gratuities to drivers and local guides, airport/ticket taxes, surcharges, security fees, some beverages, and personal items.)
March 17: Overnight flight to Europe.
March 18: Flight to Venice and transfer to hotel. Walking orientation tour of environs and St. Mark's Square. (D)
March 19: Return to St. Mark's Square. Examine the splendid Cathedral, the Doges Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Free time to visit the Guggenheim or explore the historic ghetto. (B)
March 20: Depart for Verona and Juliet's house; view the famous balcony and hear the words of The Bard. In Vicenza, examine the architecture of Palladio and the magnificently restored Teatro Olympico. (B)
March 21: Drive to Padua to explore the famous Basilica San Antonio and Cappella Scrovegni. Stop in the Liviano courtyard to read the inscription dedicated to Taming of the Shrew. Continue on toward Florence and behold a breathtaking view from the Piazzale Michelangelo. (B)
March 22: Escorted half-day tour of Florence, including the fabled Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Giotti's Gates of Paradise. Examine the collection at the Uffizi. Transfer into the Etruscan countryside for an evening of relaxation and dining at Relais Corte di Bettona. Sample local fine wines. (B/D)
March 23: Continue to Orvieto, the Umbrian/Etruscan capital. Take the funicular to the upper town and visit the Duomo. Savor local wines with lunch. Then, head to "Eternal Rome", with its 3,000 years of history. Enjoy a panoramic tour of this ancient capital and its impressive monuments. (B/L)
March 24: Begin with St. Peter's Basilica, then behold the Sistine Chapel. Explore the Forum and temples as they were at the time of Caesar and Cleopatra. (B)
March 25: Half-day tour of "Classical Rome" includes the elaborate Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navonna, Spanish Steps, Bernini Fountain, and glorious Via Veneto. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell Dinner. (B/D)
March 26: Flight home. (B)