Howard Hewitt, Communications & Marketing – More than 20 Wabash alums, family, retired faculty, staff, and a few others will head to Italy Thursday for the second Wabash Alumni Travel trip. Professor Bill Cook ’66 will lead the group through visits in Siena, Assisi, and Florence.
Cook sharing Siena's history on the Campo.
Two years ago marked the start of Wabash alumni travel giving alums and others the chance to experience Europe in a fashion similar to student immersion learning. The group will have optional full-day agendas to see the art, history, and absorb the culture of the three famous Italian regions. Cook led the first trip to Italy and will take the reigns again for this visit.
Alumni travel is a new, and somewhat experimental, offering from the College’s Alumni Affairs Office. A symposium is planned for 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2 during Big Bash to talk about alumni travel. The session is titled, “Where We’ve Been and Where We Going?” Discussion will center on the types of trips alumni would like to have the College organize and how those trips should be put together. Plans will be shared during Big Bash for a tentative 2013 trip to Paris and Southern France wine country.
The Alumni travel group taking in Florence's great art.
The group traveling this summer will arrive in Pisa and immediately bus to Siena for a five-day stay. The group will then spend four days in Assisi before five days in Florence.
In Siena the group will visit the city’s historic churches, musuems, and famed Piazza del Campo. There will be dinners in classic Italian restaurants and a day trip to a 12th century monastery and visit to hill town of Montalcino.
In Assisi the group will visit a weekly market, the churches and museums. Florence offers the city’s many famous museums, public plazas, fabulous art, Michaelangelo’s David, and the towering cathedral.
I’ll be along the first week to document in words, photos, and perhaps a few videos the trip.