Village Life in Tuscany


Experience traditional Tuscan hospitality amid the medieval splendors of Siena while spending seven nights in the charming four-star HOTEL ATHENA. Located within walking distance of the Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, this inviting hotel offers comfortable, stylish accommodations while combining old world charm and exceptional service with 21st-century amenities and facilities. All rooms are individually appointed in a classic Italian or contemporary style. Meals, featuring the refined flavors and rustic simplicity of classic Tuscan cuisine, are served in the hotel’s appealing restaurant, set amid stone and brick arches that recall Tuscany’s traditional architectural style. Refreshments are available at the 7th-floor bar and the adjoining terrace, which offers exceptional panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Hotel facilities also include a small business center with Internet access and a currency exchange. Personal, attentive service will be provided throughout your stay by the hotel’s professional staff.

Village Life in Tuscany


Village Life in Tuscany      
September 4 - 12, 2011

Join this delightful sojourn to experience the authentic traditions and culture of Tuscany while enjoying charming accommodations in the heart of the old city of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in an enchanting world where 500-year-old farmhouses and walled, medieval hilltop towns dot a breathtaking landscape of gentle hills, olive groves and vineyards first planted by the Etruscans nearly 3,000 years ago. Walk in the footsteps of Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Niccolo Machiavelli through the streets of Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance,” and discover hidden gems like the ancient hill towns of Montalcino and San Gimignano. A custom-designed program of cultural enrichments also includes the specially arranged VILLAGE FORUMTM with local residents, a performance of Gregorian chants by monks in the 11th-century Abbey of Sant’Antimo, a sampling of Tuscany’s legendary wines in the hills of Chianti and an opportunity to savor the rustic flavors of the region’s world-renowned cuisine during an exclusive hands-on cooking class.





Experience the rhythms of daily life in Tuscany while staying in the walled, medieval hill town of Siena, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the centrally located HOTEL ATHENA.

Discover the unrivaled cultural and artistic heritage of Tuscany by witnessing the exquisite artistry of the greatest masters of the Italian Renaissance and visiting three of Italy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Learn the untold secrets of Siena’s historic contrada (neighborhoods) during a special guided tour and visit the famous wine town of Montalcino and the “City of Beautiful Towers,” San Gimignano, two of the best-preserved and most beautiful hill towns in Italy.

Marvel at the exquisite artistic and architectural treasures of Florence, including Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the David, and Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore.

Enjoy a program of cultural enrichments, including sampling the exquisite wines of Chianti, listening to monks perform Gregorian chants in the 11th-century Abbey of Sant’Antimo, attending a special seminar on Tuscan olive oil with a tasting and meeting with local citizens to discuss life in Tuscany during the exclusive VILLAGE FORUM.

Cost  Special Tulane pricing is from approximately $2995 per person, plus airfare and based on double occupancy.

Booking  For booking information please contact Thomas P. Gohagan at 800-922-3088, or  Tulane Alumni Travel at 877-488-5263.

Specific trip details (itinerary, meals, sightseeing & accommodations) will be published in the brochure.

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