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More about the Tuscany Field Trip
by Katy Purviance on 03/21/08 @ 01:59:43 pm
Categories: Field Trips, Videos | 324 words | 1258 views

I released the details of the Architecture Addiction: Field Trip to Tuscany the other day. I wanted to tell you more about it.

First of all, it’s pretty leisurely trip. You get to relax most of the time. At a spa. Which I think is just what most of us need.

But it’s not all about lying around getting massages (though that does sound nice). There’s lots of sightseeing too.

Our first full day there, we’ll have a guided sightseeing tour of Montecatini. This picturesque hill town, known for its spas, springs and thermal baths, lies amid the Pistoian mountains with enchanting views of the countryside.

Then the spa. You’ll spend an hour in the natural thermal grotto, a natural thermal cave discovered in 1849. The thermal steam bath eliminates your body’s toxins and all traces of stress. Follow this purifying treatment with a hydro jet massage to prep your body for a 20-minute, full-body therapeutic massage with essential oils.

One day, you’ll have a guided sightseeing of Florence to introduce you to the city’s Renaissance splendor.

Marvel at Brunelleschi’s massive pink, white and green Duomo, complemented by Giotto’s Campanile. Then discover the church of Santa Croce, home of the tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo as well as the Dante Memorial.

Stand before Ghiberti’s legendary Gates of Paradise, and pass the Piazza della Signoria. This evening, travel to the hilltown of Fiesole for a dinner of regional culinary specialties.

There’s more. Check out the full itinerary.

April 19th is already sold out, but you have ten more departure dates from which to choose.

May 10 might be perfect depending on when your semester lets out.

Or you can go during the summer and leave the States on June 14, July 19, or August 16.

If you’re taking the fall semester off (or if your mom wants to go), consider September 20, September 27, October 11, November 1, November 29, or December 6.

Check it out.

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