Join Meredith College in Sansepolcro, Italy
Meredith College invites alumnae to visit the College’s new location in Sansepolcro, Italy, through the Alumnae Travel Program, June 17-26, 2010.
Sanspolcro is the base for exploration of the historic Tuscan countryside, birthplace of the Renaissance artist Piero della Francesco. Sansepolcro is also Meredith’s new home in Italy. If you would like to see what Italy is like for non-tourists, this is the place to which you want to come—and where you will want to return. Surrounded by a medieval wall, the life of the town takes place in the city square and on the Via di Septembre, directly outside the front door of Meredith’s Palazzo Alberti.
The trip also includes the following excursions and special events:
Perugia—home of Perugina chocolates, a delightfully colorful and patterned city hall chamber hundreds of years old and a fine regional museum, all built on the foundations of an ancient Etruscan city. The views from here are spectacular.
Arezzo—a bustling regional center for transportation and culture, famous for antiques, gold and frescoes. If you have seen the film, Life is Beautiful or The English Patient, you have seen the grand piazza, one of the finest in Italy.
Anghiari—site of a famous battle between the Florentines and Pisans for control of the region, today it remains a picture perfect glimpse back into the past as you explore its winding, pedestrian streets, small shops, churches, a town museum and the famous Busatti weaving atelier. If you stop to enjoy a gelato on the rooftop patio restaurant, you can view the entire valley below, divided by the ruler-straight Roman road leading back to Sansepolcro.
Assisi—the burial place of St. Francis and his beloved, St. Clare, the skyline of Assisi is dominated by San Francesco, containing Francis’ crypt, frescoed ceilings, and beautifully carved wood. Festive banners line its streets. The Assisi experience elicits a range of emotions, from the moving silence of the crypt, to the sound of countless vendors encouraging you to buy a memento of your pilgrimage.
Monterchi, Montecasale, and Montalcino —these small villages embody what the Tuscany of your dreams looks like—or perhaps better.
Florence—Nestled among green hills, the Florence of today in many ways looks as it did when it gave birth to the Renaissance; it is a living museum with a “gift shop” that stretches down every street and through every piazza.
Sienna—Famous for the Palio, the annual horse race that occurs in the center of town, and for its architecture, Sienna is also rightfully proud of its cuisine.
•Guided tour of the Bargello Museum, the premier sculpture museum in Florence
•Wine tasting and guided wine country tour
•Photography tip session on-site in beautiful Anghiari
•Private jewelry and art show at the Palazzo
•Guided tours of museums or historic sites in Sansepolcro, Monterchi, Montecasale, Deruta, Arezzo, Siena
•Open house with coffee and aperitifs at the Palazzo
Accommodations: For those who reserve early, your hotel will be inside the medieval walls. Additional accommodations are located within a few minutes walk of the city center outside the walls. Rooms will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please note if an elevator is essential.
Trip Price: $2,800 per person (airfare is not included).
Price includes accommodations and breakfast, transportation, six meals, admission fees for museums and cultural sites, and special events. Not included: additional meals, souvenirs, including Tuscan arts and crafts, and tips.
For more information, contact Hilary Allen, director of alumnae & parent relations, at (919) 760-8751 or email@example.com.
Date Submitted: 2009-12-17