For decades and even centuries before Frances Mayes’ best-selling book, Under the Tuscan Sun, this beautiful Italian region was a major attraction for “tourists” of all sorts – artists and photographers, foodies and oenophiles, history and science buffs, aficionados of literature, art, architecture and music, and so on.
Many (most?) of us probably know about and may have visited its capital, Florence with its numerous museums and art galleries, as well as other important cities, such as Pisa and Lucca.
Generally, less well-known are the many hill towns, all of which have equally interesting histories and offer a wealth of pleasures – artistic, gastronomic, etc. In addition to an overview of Tuscany, this richly illustrated lecture focuses on the hill towns, both large (Siena, Cortona) and small (San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Monteriggioni) and examines the history of these towns and their artistic, literary, and gastronomical heritage.
Chris Kleinhenz taught medieval Italian literature at the UW-Madison for almost forty years. He has led many tours to Italy sponsored by the Division of Continuing Studies and the UW Alumni Association and has lived in Italy (Naples, Bologna, Perugia, Florence and Rome) on various occasions where he taught and directed UW study-abroad programs. He has given a number of illustrated presentations on Italy for the Retirement Association.
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Checks payable to UW-Foundation, with "Open Seat" on the memo line may be mailed to UWRA, 21 North Park Street, Room 7205, Madison, WI 53715-1218.
Registration Deadline: Friday, December 4
Advance registration is required. You are encouraged to register online. To register by phone or email, call the Association office. If you or your guest registered for this seminar but cannot attend, please cancel your registration online, or email/call the UWRA office.
NOTE: The weblink and virtual call information will be included in the meeting reminders registrants receive.
UW-Madison Retirement Association
21 N Park St, Room 7205
Madison WI 53715-1218