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Adventures Online: Discover the Hidden Treasures of Tuscany

Whether you’d love to learn about Pisa’s leaning tower or get insight into Tuscan gastronomy, discover the best of Tuscany during an online learning adventure, live from Italy!
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Program No. 24333RJ
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3 days
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349
Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Hidden Treasures of Tuscany

Whether you’d love to learn about Pisa’s leaning tower or get insight into Tuscan gastronomy, discover the best of Tuscany during an online learning adventure, live from Italy!
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24333 RJ
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

At a Glance

In the intimate capitals and landscapes of Tuscany, ancient traditions are preserved in everyday life. Discover these traditions as you join a local expert for a look at the rich culture and idyllic landscapes of Tuscany during this online learning adventure, live from Italy! Get a first-hand look at the city of Pisa and the Tuscan countryside on virtual field trips, and observe the preparation of a local dish during a live cooking demonstration at a rural Tuscan home. Through daily lectures, learn about topics ranging from Italian history to women in winemaking, the traditions of Tuscan gastronomy and more. Go behind-the-scenes at Siena’s renowned “Palio,” a horse race dating from the Middle Ages. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you learn about local customs, traditions and folklore!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the city of Pisa during a virtual field trip that leads you to its famous leaning tower, Miracles Square and much more.
  • Join a local expert for a cooking class live from her rural Tuscan home and learn how to make a traditional Tuscan favorite dish.
  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Siena Palio horse race, a tradition dating from the Middle Ages, during a presentation by a local expert.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Francesca Donati
Francesca Donati was born “under the Tuscan sun” in Volterra, a typical Italian village on a hill in the countryside. While attending the University of Oriental Languages and Literature in Venice, she also studied to achieve the qualification of a travel professional for Tuscany. During university, she chose to improve her language skills living in Tokyo for five months, followed by living and working in Norway. Now Francesca is happy to live in Tuscany and work as a leader in the marvelous cities of Tuscany.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Francesca Donati was born “under the Tuscan sun” in Volterra, a typical Italian village on a hill in the countryside. While attending the University of Oriental Languages and Literature in Venice, she also studied to achieve the qualification of a travel professional for Tuscany. During university, she chose to improve her language skills living in Tokyo for five months, followed by living and working in Norway. Now Francesca is happy to live in Tuscany and work as a leader in the marvelous cities of Tuscany.
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Emanuela Gavilli, born in Florence in 1970, was raised in the countryside surrounded by the beautiful hills of the Chianti area. Her passion became a job, after having studied Art History at the University of Florence and becoming a professional guide in 1998. She currently works with many different cultural institutions including the University of Florence, Tulane University, Holy Cross College, Middlebury College, New York University, and Michigan State University. Emanuela believes education and beauty will save the world.
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Chiara Ancillotti View biography
Chiara Ancillotti was born in the small Tuscan town of Empoli amid the beautiful countryside surrounding Florence. She attended the Foreign Languages and Literature University in Florence and during that time lived in London and Madrid with internships to improve her knowledge of languages. Because of her passion for traveling, she has led groups of mixed nationalities all over Europe. And because of her passion for Art History, she became a certified guide, happy and proud to show the beauty of Florence and its environs.
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Barbara Bandinelli View biography
Barbara Bandinelli was born and raised in Florence. She walks every day in the streets where Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo Buonarroti walked, where Lorenzo “il Magnifico” de`Medici talked with Renaissance philosophers. She worked for nearly 15 years in the hotel business, then decided to follow her passions — art, history, and Florence — and became a certified guide. She loves everything connected with the folklore, food, and wine of her country. Barbara loves to cook, especially recipes handed down from her 90 year old grandmother.
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Alessandro Bargagna View biography
Alessandro Bargagna was born in Pisa, “class” of 1979. He attended the Florence Film Academy and trained as a theatrical actor at the school of the Teatro dell'Aleph in Milan, specializing in expression theater and street theater. After graduating in European Languages and History of Visual and Performing Arts at the University of Pisa, he specialized in Medieval Art and obtained certification as a professional guide for Pisa and the surrounding territory. He has led groups focused on drama since 2009.
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Agnese Belcari View biography
Agnese Belcari was born in Florence with a blend of Tuscan bloods. After graduating in Foreign Language and Literature at the University of Florence, she was chosen by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Union of Italian Rectors for an internship at the Italian Embassy in Lisbon. She then followed her vocation: traveling and communicating the beauty of her homeland. She began leading groups in 2003 and in 2007 became a certified guide. Agnese became a sommelier and belongs to the Italian Sommeliers Association.
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Elisabetta Falaschi View biography
Elisabetta Falaschi was born in the south of Tuscany into a family that is half-Florentine and half Sienese. She later moved to Florence to study art and history at the University of Firenze. After completing her degree, Elisabetta became a licensed local guide of the region. Her true passion is learning, discovering, experiencing, and — above all — sharing her knowledge and love of Tuscan food, wine, art, history, and fashion with Road Scholar participants.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings
by R.W.B. Lewis
A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.
Saving Italy, The Race to Rescue a Nation's Treasures from the Nazis
by Robert M. Edsel
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 Renaissance, A Short History
by Paul Johnson
The history, background, literature, sculpture, paintings and architecture of the Renaissance in just over 200 lively, thought-provoking pages.
The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
Tea With Mussolini
by Franco Zeffirelli (Director)
Zeffirelli's enchanting autobiographical film about a boy in Florence in the years before World War II, with a cast of great English and American actresses.
Architecture of the Renaissance, From Brunelleschi to Palladio
by Bertrand Jestaz
Originating in Florence, the flowering of architecture in 15th-century Italy revolutionized the look of European cities and the mindsets of their citizens. This lavishly illustrated pocket book presents the people, the time and its monuments in hundreds of color photographs and engravings.
The Italians
by John Hooper
Italy correspondent for The Economist Hooper explores Italy -- its baffling contradictions, unique character and contemporary culture -- in this illuminating portrait.
Toscanelli's Ray
by Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
Wilde-Menozzi’s critically acclaimed novel explores traditional themes of expatriation, immigration and evil within the microcosm of late-20th century Florence and within the span of 15 hours.
The Birth of Venus, A Novel
by Sarah Dunant
A rich novel of art, passion and patronage, memorably set in late 15th-century Florence and prominently featuring the famously pious reformer Savonarola.





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