Alumnae Travel Program Visits Italy

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The Meredith Alumnae Travel Program’s most recent offering was a tour of Italy, September 10-21, 2015.

The tour began in Sansepolcro, where the group met Associate Professor of Religious and Ethical Studies Shannon Grimes and the eight students who are studying there this semester.  The travelers had the opportunity to watch the medieval cross-bow competition between Sansepolcro and Gubbio, its historic rival. 

Their travels continued to Ravenna to see the 5th century mosaics, Ferrara, a UNESCO World Heritage site to tour the Centro Storico, Duomo, and the Palazzo Ducale, and then to Orto Botanico, the world’s first botanical garden.  They explored Venice with a private walking tour and a private boat tour of the canals.  Other highlights were visits to the Guggenheim Museum and the islands of Murano, Burano, and Lido.  The Alumnae and Friends Italy trip included indulging in the food, music, beauty, and traditions of Italy.

Next, the Alumnae Travel Program will offer Exploring Majestic Spain—Moors, Monarchs, and Moderns. The trip is scheduled for June 7-19, 2016.

This is a 13-day tour of Spain, starting in Madrid and concluding in Barcelona. Highlights include major tourist attractions like Seville and Granada, with their rich Moorish heritage and architecture, as well as little known gems like the beautiful white village of Salobrena, perched above the Mediterranean. Galleries, cathedrals, mosques, palaces, museums, and flamenco dancers—as well as spectacular scenery and delicious local cuisine— promise to make this trip a most memorable one.

For more information on the Alumnae Travel Program, contact Associate Director of Alumnae Relations Denise Parker at or ext. 8051.

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