Village Life in the Italian Lake District

May 17–25, 2014

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Participate in the traditions and daily rhythms of life in Cernobbio, Como, Varenna, Bellagio, and Stresa. Enjoy private cruises on villa-dotted Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, both of which have inspired artists of all disciplines for centuries. Explore the artistic and architectural treasures left by Roman patricians, medieval lords, and Renaissance princes, including the sublime Villa del Balbianello and the enchanting Borromean Islands. By special arrangement, local residents will offer personal perspectives of the area's modern life and cultural heritage, and opportunities to cook—and taste—Lombardy's acclaimed cuisine abound.

Study Leader Information

Giuseppina Lucini was raised in Como, Italy, where she still lives today. Her family has resided here for generations. Giuseppina earned her B.A. in Classical Literature at Liceo A. Volta in Como, as well as an M.A. in Medieval History from Università degli Studi in Milan. Her active interest in art and history as well as her fl uency in English, Italian, and French complement her open and enthusiastic attitude with travelers.

Tour Itinerary

May 17
DEPART FROM THE U.S.

May 18
MILAN, ITALY/CERNOBBIO, LAKE COMO; Check into HOTEL REGINA OLGA

May 19
LAKE COMO/VARENNA/BELLAGIO; Scenic private cruise on Lake Como;Private tour of Villa del Balbianello;Leisure time in Bellagio and Varenna

May 20
COMO/CERNOBBIO;Walking tour of “Old” Como; CULTURAL ENRICHMENT:Lecture by Como scholar; Cernobbio VILLAGE FORUM™

May 21
CERNOBBIO/COMO; Opportunity to visit Cernobbio’s morning market

May 22
LAKE MAGGIORE/STRESA/ISOLA BELLA; Private cruise around the Borromean Islands; Tour of the magnificent palace and gardens on Isola Bella; Free time in Stresa

May 23
CERNOBBIO/LUGANO, SWITZERLAND: Day at leisure in Cernobbio; LUGANO CULTURAL ENRICHMENT OPTION: Funicular ride to the peak of Monte Brè; Visit Santa Maria degliAngioli Church

May 24
CERNOBBIO/COMO; Day at leisure; Opportunity to mingle with locals at Como’s fascinating markets

May 25
CERNOBBIO/MILAN; RETURN TO THE U.S.

Reservations

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Questions?

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