Presented through University of California Santa Cruz Extension
Planning Your Trip To Tuscany And Umbria
Get to know the rolling hills, walled medieval towns, abundant art, food and wine of the region surrounding towns such as Florence, Spoleto, Siena and Orvieto. From the Renaissance to the present day, this region has balanced rural simplicity with high culture. Experience the landscape that looks much the same as it did in the works of Fillipo Lippi or Piero della Francesca the charm of a lifestyle that maintains a civilized simplicity.
The course will emphasize planning your stay to balance the viewing cultural icons with a sense of daily life. We'll use slides, stories and discussion to acquaint you with intriguing small towns, interesting restaurants, local cuisine, special niches in churches, and particular rooms in museums. In addition, we will discuss renting a villa in the countryside, the tradition of the [passagiata] and ways to use cafes and bars.
You will be given background reading and contacts for further research. Whether you're ready to travel this summer or are just interested in Italian culture, you will find this day stimulating and fun.
Alexandra and Jon Kennedy have traveled to Tuscany and Umbria many times. They consider Assisi their "home away from home," and enjoy sharing their experiences of Italian culture.
Presented at University of California Santa Cruz Extension.