Theme: Florence through the Eyes of Dante
Staying in the heart of Florence—hometown of Dante Alighieri—we'll see the wonders of Michelangelo, Leonardo, Fra Angelico, Botticelli as we use excerpts from Dante’s Divine Comedy as a lens to understand the city and its rich heritage.
- Duomo Museum and Santa Maria del Fiore
- Uffizi Gallery
- Laurentian Library and the Medici Chapels
- Accademia Gallery
- Walking tour of Siena, in the Tuscan countryside
- Cooking class at a farmhouse near Lucca
- Walking tour of Pisa
- Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica
- Colosseum and Roman Forum
Dr. Jennifer Holberg is professor of English and co-director of the Calvin Center for Faith & Writing. She is a popular CALL teacher, and she has led Calvin student interim classes to study Dante in Florence.
While this tour will have a more moderate overall pace than some alumni/CALL trips (1-3 stops per day with plenty of free time), please note that tour participants will still spend significant time on their feet. On some of the days, you will be walking from your lodging to the tour destinations, along with the walking you'll do through the galleries, churches, and museums. Participants can expect to walk on cobblestone streets, uneven ground, hills, and stairways. Please contact Dr. Holberg if you have additional questions about the tour pace and the walking involved.
Home base for this tour will be Sanctuary Firenza, the convent guest house of the Suore Oblate. The rooms are simple and all beds in the guest house are single beds, but this tranquil setting in the heart of Florence will provide a delightful setting for our tour group. A light continental breakfast is provided each morning.
Note about single rooms: We have just a few remaining single rooms. If you register as a single, we may need to pair you with a roommate. You would then be charged the lower double-occupancy rate.
$5,195 per person from Grand Rapids, based on double occupancy, with $295 supplement for single accommodations.
Optional travel protection is available through Travelex Insurance Services. See their website for an overview of what coverage is included or excluded related to COVID-19, and see the tour brochure for a link to the full policy.
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Calvin travel programs are open to Calvin alumni and friends: non-alumni spouses, Calvin parents, CALL members and any friends of Calvin are welcome to participate. Learn more about our other tour destinations, too.
Please register by Monday, February 1, 2021.