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Best of Italy: Behind the Scenes

October 5 – 16, 2021


Reservations are now being accepted. Please call the OLLI office to reserve your spot (Trip is full). (843) 208-8247. Payment details and a cancellation policy can be found here.

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Tuesday, October 5

Various departures

Wednesday, October 6

11:30 am  - Arrive FLR, meet private coach, transfer to Siena
1:00 pm - Check in NH Hotel and settle in Tour of town with Bob
6:30 pm - Meet with hosts Dante Alighieri of Siena at hotel and walk to school
7:00 pm - Welcome Dinner at DA Siena gastronomy department

Thursday, October 7

9:30 am - Lesson: Italian language common greetings and expressions, ask for information, useful expressions in restaurants/bars
12:00 pm - Brunch in a typical store of Siena with cheese, salami and bread
3:00 pm - Visit of Palazzo Pubblico & Duomo
8:00 pm - Group Dinner with Bob

Friday, October 8

9:30 am - Lessons: History of Siena - origins, Middle-Ages, Renaissance until 1555
11:00 am - Depart for San Gimignano
Visit town and Group Lunch
5:00 pm - Visit a winery, wine tasting and BBQ dinner in the vineyard OR Dinner at contrada

Saturday, October 9

8:30 am - Departure for Florence on private coach
10:00 am - Orientation to Florence with Bob
4:00 pm - Depart Florence
5:00 pm - Arrive hilltop town of Colle di Val d'Elsa for pizza lesson and dinner 9:30 pm Return to Siena

Sunday, October 10

10:00 am - Lesson: Italian food and wine
3:00 pm - Visit to contrada museum
5:30 pm - Evening cooking class and dinner at DA Siena gastronomy department Opera masterclass with soprano Cristina Ferri?

Monday, October 11

11 am - Private Coach pick-up in Siena; to Verona 3:00 pm Check in to Hotel Aurora and settle in
5:00 pm - Orientation upon arrival in Verona at WTS Offices Via Cappello
6:00 pm -  Historical walking tour of Verona with Lecture
7:30 pm - Group Welcome Dinner

Tuesday, October 12

9:30 am - Private Coach pick-up at hotel
10:00 am - Cooking class at a local Agriturismo
12:00 pm - Tour of the Agriturismo with Lecture
1:00 pm - Wine Tasting and Lunch
2:30 pm - Private Coach to Verona downtown Afternoon free
WTS Dinner

Wednesday, October 13

10:00 am - Day trip/High-Speed Train to Venice
11:30 am - Guided historical walking tour of Venice
5:50 pm - Return to Verona
7:00 pm - Arrive Verona
8:00 pm - Group Dinner with Bob

Thursday, October 14

9:30 am - Day Trip / Private Coach to Lake Garda: Lazise
10:00 am - Guided Visit to the Olive Oil Museum and Olive Oil Tasting
12:30 pm - Lunch at Lake Garda
2:30 pm - Return to Verona
Afternoon free Dinner on own

Friday, October 15

10:00 am - Private Coach to San Giorgio di Valpolicella
11:00 am - Guided Tour of San Giorgio with Lecture
12:30 pm - Wine Tasting and Farewell Lunch with local specialties
3:00 pm - Return to Hotel
Afternoon free for last minute shopping/sightseeing and packing
8:00 pm - Group Dinner with Bob

Saturday, October 16

Check out of hotel; Departures vary