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Visit the location of the Dante’s Paolo and Francesca story
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Relax with a slow paced, but stimulating, trip
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Enjoy wine tastings in Jesi and Montefalco
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Linger in the medieval atmosphere of Urbino
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Admire exceptional, little-known works of art by Renaissance masters

The Name of the Rose in Central Italy

Join us for this special trip to a classic destination, Classical Pursuits–style. On this journey to central Italy, we’re reprising our very first trip by returning to where we started with an even greater love of travel that brings together literature, culture and conversation in a way that helps you see even the most famous sites with new eyes.

Our literary focus will be Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, a contemporary classic set in a medieval Benedictine monastery. The book stands on its own as a haunting murder mystery; however, it can be more fully explored as a questioning of the concept of truth from theological, philosophical and historical perspectives.

It’s a book as multi-layered as the regions we visit, slipping easily between medieval and Renaissance with occasional forays into the ancient and modern worlds. We can think of no better setting in which to read Eco’s novel than the beautifully preserved towns and cities that line Italy’s Adriatic coast and dot the hills of the Apennines.

It all begins in Bologna, whose university (Europe’s oldest) attracted scholars from all over the medieval world. From there explore Le Marche to appreciate first-class art and architecture without the crowds. In the Renaissance capital of Urbino, see masterpieces of Raphael and Piero della Francesca, and stroll through the city’s medieval centre. In the Jesi valley, visit the Moroder estate, whose seaside vineyards produce wine made from Verdicchio grapes, grown in the region for seven centuries.

Heading inland to Umbria, the “green heart of Italy,” visit Gubbio’s imposing ducal palace built at the request of Federico da Montefeltro (You may have seen his famous double portrait with his wife Battista Sforza in Florence’s Uffizi.). Our base in Umbria is lovely Spello, whose church Santa Maria Maggiore houses richly detailed Renaissance frescoes of the life of Christ. In Assisi learn about the Franciscan order and its relationship to older orders like the Benedictines, and admire the extraordinary range of medieval paintings in the 13th century Basilica of Saint Francis. Along the way there will be opportunities to enjoy the salumi, porchetta, truffles, lentils and Sagrantino wine that make Umbrian cuisine so delicious.

Enjoy the many pleasures of Italy through the lens of one its most beloved novels.
Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Italy | 11 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 14-24, 2018
Cost:
US$4295 (Based on 14 - 16 participants)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, wine with dinner, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Mark Cwik. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Bologna
Day 2: Explore Bologna and drive to Urbino
Day 3: Discover Urbino’s art and architecture
Day 4: Visit the Jesi Valley hilltowns and the birthplace of Leopardi
Day 5: Visit the imposing Castle of Gradara, home of Lucrezia Borgia
Day 6: Lunch by the sea and a visit of Pesaro
Day 7: Visit Gubbio on the way to Spello
Day 8: Frescoes in Spello and Assisi
Day 9: Wine tasting and the medieval towns of Montefalco and Trevi
Day 10: An afternoon in beautiful Spoleto
Day 11: Transfer to Rome airport
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Your Tour Leader

Mark Cwik is education manager and a longtime seminar leader for Classical Pursuits. Mark currently lives in London, England, where he leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

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Literary Adventures Cultural Explorations

Italy | 11 days
Literary Adventures

Dates:
Oct 14-24, 2018
Cost:
US$4295 (Based on 14 - 16 participants)
Group Size:
10 - 16 participants

Includes:
Accommodation in double occupancy, based on hotels listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, wine with dinner, all activities as indicated in the itinerary, all entrance fees, readings, fully escorted by Mark Cwik. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$275.

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"I greatly enjoyed meeting with local scholars."

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