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La Dolce Vita: The Italian Lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore

Program Number: 16740RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/22/2014 - 5/5/2014; 9/8/2014 - 9/21/2014; 9/22/2014 - 10/5/2014; 10/6/2014 - 10/19/2014; 5/4/2015 - 5/17/2015; 5/18/2015 - 5/31/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/27/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/11/2015; 10/12/2015 - 10/25/2015;
Duration: 13 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $3,597.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 30; 12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Since the days of Pliny the Elder (A.D. 23-79), the stunning Lakes Region of Italy has attracted the world’s rich and famous, who built glorious villas along its shores against a backdrop of rugged Alps. Venture to three of the region’s lakes — Como, Garda and Maggiore —and uncover a wealth of human achievement and natural beauty, from aristocratic villas and castles to serene waters, snow-capped mountains and breathtaking waterfalls.




Highlights

• With a local expert, explore the remarkable villas and gardens that grace the shores of the Italian lakes region.
• At the Civic Museum of Bolzano, view the Bronze Age “Oetzi the Iceman.”
• Savor delectable dishes and wines of the Trentino Alto Adige, Piemonte and Lombardia as you explore the lake regions of Northern Italy.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day.




Date Specific Information

4-22-2014

The itinerary for this date is inverted from the other ones; arrive in Milano Malpensa, coach to Como 4 nights; coach to Stresa 3 nights and coach to Riva 4 nights; coach to Verona 1 night; depart from Verona.
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9-8-2014, 9-22-2014, 10-6-2014, 5-4-2015, 5-18-2015, 9-14-2015, 9-28-2015

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10-12-2015

Still beautiful fall foliage and flora with less crowds.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Riva del Garda, 5 nights; coach to Stresa, 3 nights; coach to Como, 4 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Verona
Coach to Riva del Garda (Lake Garda)
5 nights

Take a boat ride across the lake to the town of Malcesine and learn about its 13th-century fortifications, Castello Scaligeri. Experience the breathtaking alpine water falls of Varone, surrounded by the majestic Dolomite Mountains. View the frescoes of Castello del Buonconsiglio and Torre dell’Aquila. Discuss the Italian Social Republic and the capture of Mussolini. At the Civic Museum, see up close the famous Bronze Age iceman “Oetzi,” whose frozen body was found in a melting glacier in 1998.



Coach to Stresa (Lake Maggiore)
3 nights

At the Villa Taranto, an expert showcases the 19th-century villa and its botanical gardens that are among the most beautiful and well-preserved in Europe. Learn about the Baroque palace and the stunning terraces of landscaped gardens on Isola Bella, part of the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore. With a local expert, discuss the culture of the lakes region, including cuisine, history and contemporary life.



Coach to Como (Lake Como)
4 nights
Coach to Milan for departure

Board a boat for a cruise to various villas and villages on the shores of Lake Como. Visit Villa Carlotta, the towns of Bellagio and Balbianello. Enjoy the luminous waters, the multicolor palette of flowering bushes and trees, and views of the majestic Alps. Visit the silk museum and learn about the silk factories, one of the industries that enriched this area.




Italy

“Dolce far niente,” the “sweetness of doing nothing.” This ode to leisure is a distinctly Italian phrase, and yet the expression does not do justice to the hard-work ethos of the nation’s inhabitants. The monuments, art and civilization bequeathed to the people of modern Italy are a testament to the industry of their forebearers, and the legacy lives on in today’s Italians, who work hard to better enjoy the sweetness of repose.



Accommodations
Riva del Garda: Hotel in the town center, overlooking the port and historic clock tower. Stresa: Hotel located in pedestrian center of town. Como: Family-owned hotel along the shores of Lake Como.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Mara Farina

Mara Farina received her doctorate in modern history from the University of Bologna. She has published essays and articles in several publications on gastronomy, oenology and local destinations, and enjoys exploring destinations around the globe with her family. She lives near Mantua and has close ties to Parma as well.
 
Patrizia Spini

Patrizia Spini graduated from the University of Milan with a degree in Political Science. As a local expert, she has led explorations throughout all European countries, but now prefers to showcase the Lakes of Lombardy where she was born and resides today with her husband and two children.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Metropole & Suisse
  Como, Lake Como, Italy 4 nights
   Hotel Astoria
  Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy 3 nights
   Hotel Europa
  Riva del Garda, Lake Garda, Italy 4 nights
   Airport Hotel Verona
  Verona, Italy 1 night
 Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located on the waterfront of Lake Como and convenient to the attractions of Como's historic center.
  Contact info: Piazza Cavour, 19
Como,   Italy
phone: +39 031 269 444
web: www.hotelmetropolesuisse.com
  Room amenities: Private bathroom, free wi-fi access, satellite TV, individual temperature control, minibar, hair dryer, complimentary toiletries.
  Facility amenities: Free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel. Internet point in the lobby. Bar and restaurant with outdoor seating.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: price varies by season You can book additional nights directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelmetropolesuisse.com. Indicate on the form that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 Hotel Astoria
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Business class hotel facing Lago Maggiore with Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori and Isola Madre in plain view. The port to board the tourist boats is a mere 150 yards away. Family owned hotel with a personal touch and pride. The hotel features a heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, exercise work out room with stationary equipment. Fine dining is available at the restaurant. Enjoy a stroll along the Lungo Lago, the street along the banks of the lake to the nearby old city center.
  Contact info: Corso Umberto I, 31
Stresa,   Italy
phone: +39 0323-32-566
web: www.hotelstresa.info
  Room amenities: Satellite TV; climate controls; safe; mini-bar; direct-dial telephone; free Wi-Fi in the rooms and common areas.
  Facility amenities: Modern appointments, ample common areas, covered patio with lake view, free Wi-Fi connections (ask for password at the desk), dining room overlooking Lago Maggiore.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Europa
Type: Three-Star Hotel
  Description: A Best Western property, the Hotel Europa overlooks the small port and lakeside promenade; the charming town center is right outside the hotel door.
  Contact info: Piazza Catena, 9
38066 Riva del Garda (TN),   Italy
phone: +39 0464 555 433
web: www.hoteleuropariva.it
  Room amenities: Every room has a private bathroom, individual heat/air conditioning controls, satellite TV, radio, safe for valuables.
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning throughout the hotel. Relaxing lounge and bar. An elevator from the lobby goes directly to the lakeside promenade. The hotel has bicycles to loan for exploring the small town of Riva. The hotel provides laundry service (dry cleaning or wash/fold). Free Wi-Fi access and an internet point in the lobby.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Airport Hotel Verona
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is close to Verona Airport and serves as a staging for the departures. Modern business class hotel. Free shuttle to airport and city center; request passage at reception desk.
  Contact info: Via Monte Baldo, 2
Verona,  37069 Italy
phone: +39 045 861 3399
web: www.airporthotelverona.it
  Room amenities: Digital satellite TV, thermostat, sound-proof windows, mini-bar, direct dial phone, safe, free Wi-Fi in room, hair dryer, modern appointments. American style coffee and tea maker in room.
  Facility amenities: Fitness center, pool, roof garden. Sound-proof windows minimize airplane noises. Free Wi-Fi in rooms and common areas. Ample comfortable lounge. Restaurant.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: varies according to season To book additional nights contact the hotel directly by phone, or book through the hotel website www.airporthotelverona.it.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 2:00 pm. Meet in hotel lobby at 4:00 pm for Orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Metropole & Suisse that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast, transfers to airport. Check out of hotel by 11:00 am. You will be staying at Airport Hotel Verona the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Como is served by four train stations, S. Giovanni is the closes to the hotel.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Como, Lake Como
  Nearest city or town:  Milan
  Nearest highway: Autostrada
  Nearest airport:  Milan Malpensa
  Transportation to site: From the Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport, the most convenient is to hire a taxi to the hotel in Como, about EUR 120 for up to 3 people. Public transportation is somewhat complicated: follow direction signs "Ground Transportation" and talk to someone in the ticket office, they usually speak English. Take the Malpensa Express to the Milano Centrale train station (1 hour) and purchase a ticket to Como S. Giovanni, taxi from the train station to the hotel, about 30 minutes if you arrive just prior to the train departing. A train line also leaves from the airport to Saronno, at that station change for the line going to Como S. Giovanni, taxi to hotel. Tickets around EUR 15. Another option is to book a car and driver through: http://milan.airports-shuttle.com (info@airports-shuttle.com) to make a reservation, fare one way is EUR 95 for 2-3 people.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Verona
  Nearest city or town:  Verona
  Nearest highway: n/a
  Nearest airport:  Catullo Airport Verona
  Transportation from site: The Hotel Airport Verona has a free shuttle to the airport terminal; request passage at the reception desk.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depart from points in North America.
(Tuesday, April 22)

Note: Suggest sleeping on transatlantic flight; makes adjusting to new time zone easier.



   
 In Transit: Overnight flight across the Atlantic Ocean with arrivals the following day.

Day 2: Arrival/Welcome Reception
(Wednesday, April 23)

Note: Coach ride may take over one hour.The town of Como is generally flat and easy to walk. Care should be taken to walk over the uneven surface of cobble-stoned streets.



   
 Morning: Coach transfer from Milano Malpensa (MXP) airport to hotel in Como. Check-in is after lunch.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant close to the hotel.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a welcome reception, meet the group leaders and your fellow travelers in an informal gathering in the hotel lobby. A short walk in the neighborhood and lakefront follows, indicating location of ATM's, pharmacies, and stores.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Bellagio and Villas
(Thursday, April 24)

Note: The town of Bellagio has some inclines as do the villas with their terraced gardens. The dock is somewhat level to the deck of the boat. The tourist boats have open decks and inside seating.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Staff discusses program schedules and introduces the lectures and trips. Two hour boat ride to Bellagio with commentary. Bellagio is set at the cusp of the two branches of the lake, affording it a spectacular lake shore lane for a relaxing passeggiata, the Italian stroll. Option to explore the gardens of Villa Melzi.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Bellagio.
 Afternoon: Guided visit of the Museo Civico and Pinacoteca located in La Rocca, a medieval fortress placed on the lake, bounded by a canal with a draw bridge. Free time to explore the village on your own before heading back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Brunate city walk / Lectures on Literature and Food and Wine
(Friday, April 25)

Note: Cable car ride to top of hill, leisure walk around town



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Take a ride on the cable rail car to the top of a tall hill that overlooks Lake Como. You can opt to walk on the trails that follow the ridge of the hill.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own, suggestions given on site.
 Afternoon: Once all are back and rested from the excursion, sit back and learn about the literature inspired by the lakes and also learn about wine production and food traditions of this lake area.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own, try some of the dishes and wines discussed in the lecture.
 Evening: Free time to walk along the lake shore.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Villa Carlotta and Como
(Saturday, April 26)

Note: Leisure walk around the gardens and town.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Panoramic coach ride to Villa Carlotta on the shore of Lake Como. The terraced gardens are particularly impressive in the spring when the azaleas and rhododendrons are in full bloom.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: A local expert leads the visit in Como of the Duomo and Porto Antico. Late afternoon informal session on the writers who lived or wrote about the Lake District.
 Dinner: Dinner on our own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Metropole & Suisse
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Coach transfer to Stresa, via Lake Orta
(Sunday, April 27)

Note: Coach and boat rides to the islands; some walking through the gardens and grounds.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: By coach we will go to the village Orta San Giulio, on Lake Orta where our guide will explain the history of the village and show us the frescoes decorating the Palazzo della Comunita'. This quaint lake is overshadowed by its larger brothers, but is equally delightful, in its own small way.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant on the island.
 Afternoon: Expert visit of Orta continues, board boat to coach and continue on to the hotel in Stresa.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Boat ride to Villa Taranto / Villa Bolongaro / Lecture
(Monday, April 28)

Note: Some stairs to reach gardens, negotiate boarding and disembarking boat.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: A field trip to Villa Taranto in the nearby town of Verbania Palanza. Tour the 19th century villa and its botanical gardens that are among the most beautiful and well preserved in Europe. The gardens date back to 1931 when Scottish Captain Neil McEacharn bought the property with the intention of converting it into one of the finest botanical gardens in the world.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Visit the Centro Studi Rosmini in Villa Bolognaro. Followed by a lecture on the Lakes, Gardens and Villas of Lakes Maggiore and Como.
 Dinner: Dinner at the local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Borromean Islands / Isola Bella, Isola Pescatori, Isola Madre
(Tuesday, April 29)

Note: The tourist boat to the islands is a small craft with indoor seating. There are stone steps (no elevator) to reach the villa and ornamental gardens from the boat dock.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Guided visit to the Borromean Islands. Isola Bella, the most impressive of the islands, is dominated by a Baroque palace. Terraces of landscaped gardens spill down onto the lake like an elaborate giant wedding cake. Roaming white peacocks add beauty to the landscape.
 Lunch: Lunch at a characteristic restaurant on one of the small islands.
 Afternoon: Island hopping guided visit continues to the other points of interest and beauty. Boat back to Stresa late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Astoria
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9: Villa Taranto / Taste of the Lakes
(Wednesday, April 30)

Note: You can choose the amount of walking as you visit the ornamental gardens.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Board coach for ride to Riva del Garda with a stop for lunch on the shores of Lake Iseo, a glaciated lake surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. A truly natural beauty. The fertility of the lands produces characteristic wines.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: On the way to the hotel, stop and walk in the town of Salo', ancient town that became Mussolini's headquarters once he was deposed and tried to establish a second regime. Arrive at the hotel for check-in at hotel late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Riva and La Rocca / Lectures
(Thursday, May 1)

Note: Some walking around town



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Expert led visit of the village and the Museo Civico and Pinacoteca located in La Rocca, a medieval fortress placed on the lake, bounded by a canal with a draw bridge.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Free time until appointed time to catch the boat back to Riva. Once back at the hotel learn about the Alto Adige region of Italy in preparation for visits to Bolzano, Trento and the Dolomites.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Coach to the Dolomites / Bolzano and Otzi Museum
(Friday, May 2)

Note: The coach ride THROUGH the mountain pass. No hiking is involved. At the summit of the road (not the mountain summit) the coach stops for about 30 min. and you can walk a bit on the mountain side or enjoy the view from the bar/souvenir shop.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: On the ride to Bolzano, experience the breathtaking view of the Dolomite Mountain range.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own..
 Afternoon: In Bolzano, tour the Civic Museum, home to the Otzi 'iceman,' the wounded hunter from the Copper Age, whose frozen body was found in a melting glacier in 1998.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: Trento / Duomo / Castel del Buonconsiglio / Lake Toblino
(Saturday, May 3)

Note: Trento has a large traffic-free area so the sites are visited on foot.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Guided visit of Trento, remembered as the location for the Council of Trent (1545-63) intended to counter the protestant reformation. The visit includes the Castello del Buon Consiglio and Torre dell'Aquila, where you can admire the cycle of frescoes called of "the months" (15th century). They are the work of the anonymous "Master of the Months," from Bohemia, who left us a precious insight into court life, with chivalrous and rural scenes of the time. For each month of the year there is a reconstruction of emblematic gestures that overlap to depict two different worlds: that of the peasant and that of the nobility. On the one side, the harvesting, the grape picking, the slaughtering of pigs; on the other, the processions, the parlor games, the tournaments.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant to sample Northern Italian cuisine with Austrian/German influences.
 Afternoon: En route back to the hotel stop at Lake Toblino for a wine and strudel tasting.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Europa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Boat ride to Malcesine / Coach to Verona Airport Hotel for staging
(Sunday, May 4)

Note: Boat and coach rides, some walking in Malcesine, especially if one chooses to climb the tower of the castle.



   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Pack your bags and leave them in the luggage deposit at the hotel. They will be picked up and loaded on the coach, which will meet us in Malcesine. A cruise across the lake to the charming town of Malcesine. The castle of Malcesine has been reconstructed by the Scaligers, and again by both Venetian and Austrian military engineers.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Rendezvous with coach at the appointed time to proceed on to Verona and check-in to hotel Airport. There may be time for those interested to take a taxi to the center for a quick visit on your own to Piazza Bra, to see the Arena of Verona. Verona is a staging city, no activities are planned for this overnight stay.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Airport Hotel Verona
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Departure
(Monday, May 5)

Note: Handle one's own luggage from the shuttle to the check-in counters for flight.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel; continental box style for participants with early morning departure.
 Morning: Coach to and departure from Verona "Catullo" Airport. The hotel has a shuttle for later departures, make arrangements at the hotel's front desk if you leave at a different time than the other group travelers.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Farewell to Arms


Author: Ernest Hemingway


Description: Set in snowy Switzerland and the rainy Italian Lake Country during World War I, this semi-autobiographical novel chronicles the romance between a British nurse and an American ambulance driver.



D.H. Lawrence and Italy


Author: D.H. Lawrence


Description: This omnibus Penguin Classics edition includes Lawrence's three travel tales, each very different in tone and all wonderful: Sea and Sardinia is a nostalgic look at traditional ways of life; Twilight in Italy, an evocation of Lawrence's memorable stay on Lake Garda; and Etruscan Places his musings on ancient sites, including the painted tombs of Tarquinia.



Eyewitness Guide Milan and the Lakes


Author: Eyewitness Guides


Description: This superb guide to Milan and the Italian lakes features color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the area's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.



Italian Lakes Map


Author: Litographia Artistica Cartographica


Description: A detailed map of the Italian lakes region, including Orta, Lugano, Como and Maggiore, at the excellent scale of 1:100,000, produced in Italy.



Italy, A Short History


Author: Harry Hearder


Description: Elegantly written, generous and informative, this compact book takes in the sweep of Italian history from the Roman Republic through the Renaissance, World War II and up to the present.



La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind


Author: Beppe Severgnini


Description: Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses the apparently never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. Severgnini opens the book with a snapshot of the hubbub at Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.



Leonardo da Vinci, The Mind of the Renaissance


Author: Alessandro Vezzosi


Description: A pocket-size encyclopedia, this colorful book illustrates and documents the life and work of Leonardo, including a long section of excerpts from his writings.



Milan Map


Author: Streetwise Maps


Description: A detailed travel map of Milan.



On the Making of Gardens


Author: George Sitwell


Description: A handsome edition of Sitwell's 1909 meditation on the Renaissance gardens of Tuscany, Rome and the Lake District. It's not a handbook but rather an inspiring analysis of the transformation -- and magic -- of gardens.



The Art of the Renaissance


Author: Peter Murray


Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.



The Devil in the Hills


Author: Cesare Pavese


Description: This book, the most personal of the many stories, poems and novels of Pavese, follows the summer adventures of three young men in the hills, vineyards and villages of the author's native Piedmont.



The Italian Renaissance


Author: J. H. Plumb


Description: A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.





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