Penn State alumni and friends have the opportunity to explore Tuscany and Rome with the College of Arts and Architecture during an Alumni Association tour, September 22–October 2, 2014. The trip, hosted by Dean Barbara Korner, will include four nights in Florence, two nights in Siena and three nights in Rome, with deluxe accommodations, local expert-guided excursions and special options including an exclusive Vatican Gardens tour and visit to Hadrian's Villa.
Admire the treasured works of masters like Michelangelo—see his David in the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Sistine Chapel ceiling, the Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica and the niche sculptures in Siena Cathedral. Visit the magnificent landmarks of Rome’s Colosseum and Roman Forum, and Pisa’s Baptistery and Leaning Tower. Tour Lucca’s medieval ramparts. Experience la dolce vita di Toscana (the sweet life of Tuscany), with an opportunity to learn the centuries-old secrets of the region’s world-renowned wine and olive oil. Discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of San Gimignano, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Chianti, known for its world-famous wines. And, meet local residents during the exclusive Village Forum™ for a personal perspective of daily life in Tuscany.
The tour will also feature special presentations by Dean Korner and College of Arts and Architecture alumni who live and work in Italy. In addition, a reception in Rome is planned to give travelers an opportunity to visit with fourth-year Penn State architecture students studying abroad at that time. Click here for more information on this special travel opportunity. The Alumni Association's tours often sell out quickly, so act now!