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Dates

May 16 to 24, 2020

Starting Price

$3,795 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

$600

9 Days
Land
Gohagan & Co.
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Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

Immerse yourself in the true essence of Italian life in the fabled Lake District, an impossibly picturesque setting that has inspired poets, composers, artists and philosophers for centuries. For one full week, enjoy charming accommodations in the belle-époque PALACE HOTEL in the heart of lovely Como and just steps away from the local market. Cruise by private boat on Lake Como, Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta. During expert-guided excursions and time on your own, explore beautiful villages and artistic and architectural treasures. Visit Bellagio, Villa del Balbianello, Stresa, Isola Bella and the Sacro Monte di Orta, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend a day in Milan, to visit the Duomo and Teatro alla Scala, and see Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece The Last Supper. Enriching lectures and the exclusive VILLAGE LIFE ® FORUM with local residents provide personal perspectives. This popular program is an intimate and comprehensive travel experience at just the right pace, including exceptional accommodations, specially arranged meals and all excursions—an excellent value! Verona and Venice Post-Program Option available.

Shared departure: this departure is shared with other universities.

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart the U.S. or Canada

Depart the U.S.

Day 2

Milan, Italy/Como

Arrive in Milan, Italy, and transfer to Como, the perfect “home” for our soggiorno (sojourn) in the spectacular mountainous Italian countryside. Check into the charming PALACE HOTEL on the shore of Lake Como, and enjoy ideally located accommodations for the entire week in the centro storico (old town) of this timeless Italian città. Join your traveling companions for a Welcome Reception and dinner in the hotel.

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

Susan Crowell

Susan Crowell is Professor of Art at the University of Michigan, where she teaches ceramics and holds a joint appointment in the Residential College and the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. A Fulbright Scholar, she studied architectural ceramics at Centro Internazionale di Ceramica in Rome and directed and taught in the University of Michigan’s Program in Florence. Prof. Crowell conducts research and exhibits her work locally, nationally and internationally. She has presented projects and exhibitions in Canada (at Banff), Japan (at Shigaraki and Miyazaki), Italy (Rome, Venice and Florence), Taiwan, Denmark and China, as well as in France and the United States, and she has participated in a variety of international venues and residencies. In 2005 Crowell published I Compianti Sul Christo Morto: Lamentation Groupings in Northern Italy to illuminate the distinguished history of ceramic materials in Quattrocento devotional and didactic sculpture, and to bring an understanding of their use and potential to contemporary ceramics practitioners.

Since 2011, her research and artistic practice has focused upon pollen forms and the process of pollination. Deploying her appreciation of the role of technology in revealing the natural world, she applies the science and aesthetics of botany and apiculture toward the creation of ceramic sculpture, using cast and handbuilt forms. In doing so, Prof. Crowell presents an expanded view of pollen within the problematics of industrialized honey production, global commerce in apicultural products, and genetically modified crops. In April of 2016 Prof. Crowell exhibited her work in the conservatories of the Matthei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan, and in May of 2017, at the Alden Dow Gardens in Midland, MI. In 2018 she conducted residencies and research at the Jean Noble Parsons Center for the Study of Art and Science in northern Michigan, and at A.I.R. Vallauris in Vallauris, France, where she exhibited her work in La chapelle de la place Lisnard in October.

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Dates

May 16 to 24, 2020

Starting Price

$3,795 + Air + Taxes; Singles Please Ask

Deposit per Person

$600

9 Days
Land
Gohagan & Co.
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064