Undiscovered Italy: Art, Food & Wine in Piedmont & Liguria
Program Brochure (printable)
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Working closely with the Office of Engagement and Annual Philanthropy
and travel partners in the U.S. and Italy, Dr. Plesch has designed a
trip that taps into her personal academic specialties and passions. It
includes visits to her favorite places in each area and allow the group
to see art in its original, off the beaten track, and utterly
breathtaking settings. As the group stop for sustenance along the way,
the group will have plenty of opportunities to be immersed in
the gastronomic and enological culture of these intriguing French and
This unique travel experience has been designed to enhance your
artistic eye and elate your gastronomic senses. This adventure features a
second-to-none small-group educational and gourmet experience with
comfortable 2- and 3-star hotels as well as boutique hotel
accommodations. The itinerary involves a significant amount of walking,
with packed dirt and cobblestone streets. Some attractions are only
accessible via steep staircases with tall, uneven steps. All
participants are expected to be physically active and not be an
impediment to others on excursions, to enjoy traveling as part of a
group, and to be ready to experience cultural differences. This is the
first travel experience to be offered as part of the new Colby Worldwide
Adventures program for alumni, parents, and friends.
Main Tour Prices (Per Person)
|Double Occupancy (15-24 participants)
|Double Occupancy (10-14 participants)
Post-Tour Extension Prices (Per Person)
|Double Occupancy (10-24 participants)
Single room supplement will be charged when requested or required (limited availability). Complete pricing details are available in the downloadable PDF brochure.
Véronique Plesch, Professor of Art at Colby College, holds advanced
degrees in Art History and Medieval French Literature from the
University of Geneva, and from Princeton University, where she received
her Ph.D. in Art History in 1994, the year she joined the Colby Faculty.
She was born in Argentina and raised in Switzerland. Véronique is the
author of works including Painter and Priest: Giovanni Canavesio’s
Visual Rhetoric and the Passion Cycle at La Brigue (University of Notre
Dame Press, 2006), which received the College Art Association’s Millard
Meiss Publication Fund award. She has also published over 40 articles in
Europe and the United States in English, French, and Italian on
subjects ranging from late medieval and Renaissance iconography to
Alpine art, and from Passion plays to early modern graffiti, with forays
into contemporary art. Véronique is the current President of the
International Association of Word and Image Studies and the recipient of
Colby College’s Charles W. Bassett Faculty Award for 2015. She is an
experienced and engaging study tour leader.
Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017: Depart home today on overnight flights to Milan, Italy.
Monday, Oct. 2: Arrive Milan, Italy | Orta San Giulio
Tuesday, Oct. 3: Orta San Giulio | Sacro Monte di Varallo | Santa Maria
delle Grazie | Orta San Giulio
Wednesday, Oct. 4: Orta San Giulio | Vercelli | Arborio | Orta San Giulio
Thursday, Oct. 5: Orta San Giulio | Alpignano | Avigliana | Abbazia di
Sant’Antonio di Ranverso | Sacra di San Michele | Avigliana
Friday, Oct. 6: Avigliana | Castello della Manta | La Brigue, France
Saturday, Oct. 7: La Brigue | Notre-Dame des Fontaines | Morignole | La Brigue
Sunday, Oct. 8: La Brigue | Mercantour National Park | La Brigue
Monday, Oct. 9: La Brigue | Apricale, Italy | Taggia | Montegrazie | Alassio
Tuesday, Oct. 10: Alassio
Wednesday, Oct. 11: Alassio | Albenga | Mondovì | Alba | Milan
Thursday, Oct. 12: Milan | Home
Take a group transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) for independent flights home.
Optional Post-Tour Extension
Wednesday, Oct. 11: Alba | La Morra
Thursday, Oct. 12: La Morra | Barolo winery | Milan
Friday, Oct. 13: Milan
Saturday, Oct. 14: Milan | Home
Group transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) for independent flights home.