Village Life in Tuscany
May 14 – 22, 2011
From approximately $2995 plus air
Join this delightful sojourn to experience the authentic traditions and culture of Tuscanywhile enjoying charming accommodations in the heart of the old city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in an enchanting world where 500-year-old farmhouses and walled, medieval hilltop towns dot a breathtaking landscape of gentle hills, olive groves and vineyards first planted by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli through the streets of Florence, the ";Cradle of the Renaissance," and discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of Montalcino and San Gimignano. A custom-designed program of cultural enrichments also includes the specially arranged Village Forumtm with local residents, a performance of Gregorian chants by monks in the 11th-century Abbey of Sant'Antimo, a sampling of Tuscany's legendary wines in the hills of Chianti and an opportunity to savor the rustic flavors of the region's world-renowned cuisine during an exclusive hands-on cooking class.
Meet our Faculty Host:Giuseppe Faustini, received his Ph. D. from Harvard University where he specialized in Romance Languages and Literatures. He is currently Professor of Italian at Skidmore, where he teaches courses in Italian language, literature and cinema. Faustini specializes in Modern and in Renaissance Italian Literature as well as in Italian Cinema. He has lectured extensively at academic conferences and at universities in Italy and throughout North America. Faustini has published numerous articles, essays and reviews on Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, Alberto Moravia, Dante, Rinaldo D'Aquino, and on Italian film directors such as Vittorio De Sica, Giuseppe Tornatore, Giuseppe De Santis, among others. His articles and reviews have appeared in academic journals in Italy and in North America and he has written the cultural notes for several editions of the Italian textbooks Prego! and In giro per l'Italia. Faustini has been the recipient of an NEH Fellowship for archival research on Luigi Pirandello and was a participant in the NEH Dante Seminar at Dartmouth College where he has also served as a Dana Collaborative Scholar. In addition to Skidmore College, Faustini has also taught at Middlebury College and as Visiting Professor at Union College and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.