The Ohio State University Alumni Association

International Explorations - The Art of Living in Tuscany

June 24 – July 16, 2016


98在线福利网Italy has it all: sun-drenched beaches, peaceful countryside and vibrant cities, all enriched by a fascinating history and culture.

98在线福利网This International Explorations program provides an authentic, customizable three-week introduction to living abroad. Reside in your own apartment in Florence as you explore the sites, wine, food and history of beloved Tuscany. Enjoy guided visits to Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena, Cortona, San Gimignano and the Chianti region. Explore the famed Uffizi Gallery and the Academia, attend a cooking demonstration and tour a winery. In addition to the base program, select from three additional sets of activities geared toward your individual interests: language, cuisine or art and architecture. These options allow you to customize your adventure, giving you the opportunity to take Italian language classes, learn to cook regional culinary delights or visit additional museums and architectural gems. This journey includes an extensive meal program, furnished accommodations, an Italian cell phone and ample leisure time to pursue your individual interests.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Three weeks in Florence, Italy, at the first-class Hotel & Residence Palazzo Ricasoli.
  • Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and a Welcome Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Dinner.
  • Enjoy 21 breakfasts, six lunches and six dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, plus wine with dinner.
  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced Travel Director throughout your stay.
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
  • Enjoy three weeks’ furnished accommodations complete with modern amenities, including a kitchen and Wi-Fi.
  • Embark on included group excursions to Florence, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Siena, Cortona,
  • San Gimignano as well as the Chianti region.
  • Attend a lecture on Renaissance art, and visit the famed Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia.
  • Attend an Italian cooking demonstration and tour an Italian winery and sample its product.
  • Meet locals in Florence to learn more about the Italian lifestyle.

Dates 98在线福利网 June 24 – July 16, 2016

Cost 98在线福利网 $4,195* (From price. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level


Contact Addie Natalie
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3



“The places we visited provided insight into the authentic everyday lives of the Italian people. Also, lots of educational information was provided.” Bruce


Depart for Florence, Italy.

98在线福利网Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel & Residence Palazzo Ricasoli. Then attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

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98在线福利网At the start of each day, enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast, get to know your new home. Explore the highlights of Florence, a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a guided walking tour. See Il Duomo and Ponte Vecchio, among other highlights. Enjoy lunch at a Florence restaurant

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Local Flavor: Lunch will be served at a local restaurant.

Attend a lecture on Renaissance art. After the lecture, join your fellow travelers for dinner and camaraderie at a local restaurant.

98在线福利网Visit the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s “David.

Enjoy a day at leisure.

Spend the day at leisure.

Journey to Castello di Monsanto in Chianti and enjoy a wine tasting. Learn about Italian cuisine during a cooking demonstration followed by lunch. Later, discover the medieval walled town of San Gimignano during a guided tour.

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98在线福利网Spend the day at leisure.

The day is free to pursue your own interests.

Spend the day at leisure.

Excursion: Uffizi Gallery. Visit the Uffizi Gallery, Italy's most visited art museum, to see the works by da Vinci and Raffaello, among other artists.

98在线福利网Local Flavor: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant.

Spend the day at leisure.

98在线福利网Venture to Colle di Val d’Elsa for a guided walking tour. After lunch at restaurant, continue to Siena for a tour and leisure time.

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98在线福利网Spend the day at leisure.

98在线福利网Admire the treasures of the hilltop Tuscan town of Cortona. Visit the Etruscan Museum. Then, savor lunch at a local restaurant.

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98在线福利网Spend the day at leisure.

Local Flavor: Gather with your fellow travelers for dinner at a local restaurant.

Discover a wealth of relics in the medieval walled town of Lucca, a venerable time capsule of urban Tuscan architecture.

Local Flavor: Trade stories of your Italian adventures with your new friends during lunch at a restaurant.

98在线福利网Enjoy a festive Farewell Dinner.

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

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*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.


Contact Addie Natalie at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 3

98在线福利网Space is limited. Book your tour now!