Florence Italy Travel Tour

May 25 - June 1, 2014

EARLY BOOKING INCENTIVE: Alumni who book their trips by March 1st will receive a $200 discount on the package price.

We all recognize how recent changes in the information field and in emerging technology have affected libraries and library services at almost every level. Have those changes ever made you wonder what the earliest libraries were like? How they adapted to inevitable change? How they dealt with organization, cataloging, and the technology of the era, such as the printing press?

Guided tour of libraries in Florence, Italy with the Syracuse School of Information StudiesThe Florence Study Travel Tour is an excellent opportunity to explore those questions while seeing a few of the libraries that existed during that transformation. And you’ll do that all while touring Florence, Italy, a great Italian city known for a history of transformation and for a vibrant culture of change and innovation. iSchool faculty and staff will lead a group tour and national library leaders and scholars will give personalized tours and lead discussions about the history of Florence, The Renaissance period as it played out in the city and country, and that era’s immense impact on libraries. The week long travel program includes visits to a range of libraries, potentially including:

  • The Uffizi Library and Museum 
  • The Galileo Museum Library 
  • The National Library of Florence
Register for the Trip
As soon as we receive your non-refundable $500 deposit we will guarantee your space in the program.

Register now

What's in Store

This is a unique opportunity to explore the library world in one of Europe’s richest cultural settings, and to share and enhance your understanding of libraries along with graduate library students who are embarking on their professional careers.

Tour costs include full time iSchool faculty and staff guides, bus transportation throughout Florence, breakfast every morning, six dinners, hotel accommodations, entrance fees and more! Enjoy built –in time to explore the city on your own, or add optional excursions to fill your day.

Maximum group size is 15 to ensure an optimal learning experience.

You will see and experience:

  • Libraries that date back to the 17th century, where the original card catalogs have been preserved
  • Some materials that are much older, including some original manuscripts and first editions of printed books
  • How the influence of the printing press is visible in some of the library collections and the history of these libraries
  • Publicly-funded and at least one private library
  • Many of the libraries that are part of a consortium helping scholars of the Renaissance
  • This is an academic and cultural experience extraordinaire; we expect and encourage discussions among travelers about what is seen and what it all means
  • Local guides who will be able to provide perspectives from their studies of Florence and the Renaissance period, and will speak to some of that history
  • Local transportation that will result in a fair amount of walking in this beautiful city. (If you don’t like walking or can’t walk a mile from a bus stop to a museum, you might want to reconsider this trip.)
  • Accommodations in a historic, interesting and comfortable hotel (but not one that is luxurious)
  • Amazing food (and perhaps many tastes of gelato)!

Trip Costs

Tour Fees:  $2,400 (based on double occupancy, add $300 for single supplement), $2,200 if booked by March 1.

As soon as we receive your non-refundable $500 deposit we will guarantee your space in the program. Final payment due March 15, or within 72 hours of booking if you book after this date. We recommend separate purchase of trip insurance.

Fees Include:

  • Accommodations - Seven nights at Villa Morghen (villamorghen.com), a former Benedictine monastery in the hills of East Florence
  • Double rooms are available for couples or single travelers. Single supplement is an additional $300
  • Some meals (breakfast daily, six dinners - including welcome and farewell dinners with wine)
  • Full-time English speaking tour leaders throughout the tour
  • Local English-speaking guides for excursions and tours
  • Evening discussions with faculty, alumni, and students
  • Entrance to all libraries
  • Tour of Uffizi museum
  • Tour of Accademia Gallery (where Michelangelo’s David resides)
  • Local public bus transportation

Fees Do Not Include

  • Air Fare
  • Optional excursions
  • Any other meals except breakfast daily and six dinners
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Tour Leader/Contacts

Sarah Inoue MLIS ’99 UW; PhD ’12 
Project Manager for International Development, Syracuse University iSchool

Sarah is an experienced traveler, has studied libraries internationally, and has taught Global Librarianship at the iSchool

Contact: swebb01@syr.edu or 315-409-8573

Barbara Settel MA History ’76; MLS ’77
Executive Director, Alumni Relations, Syracuse University iSchool

Barbara is an experienced traveler and team leader with over 35 years of experience in higher education

Contact: basettel@syr.edu or 315-345-6244

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