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Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Undiscovered Italy Apulia

April 16 – 24, 2013

Delight in the age-old atmosphere and fresh flavors of one of the world's most enchanting locations, southern Italy's Apulia region. From breathtaking Polignano a Mare, your home for seven nights, travel along the Puglian coast on this exclusive small group journey and see why this sun-bleached land has been settled since time immemorial. Discover postcard views from the Via Venezia in the ancient Greek port of Bari. See unusual dwellings at the Sassi cave houses and the conical limestone Trulli, and visit the mysterious Castel del Monte. Immerse yourself in medieval Trani at the water's edge, see Lecce's lace-like, baroque architecture and wander narrow streets in whitewashed Ostuni. Savor the region's wines on a winery tour, and visit a family-run olive farm to meet the owners and sample the product. Enjoy other regional specialties and visits to three UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout this program that includes first-class accommodations, an extensive meal plan and wine with dinner.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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DAY 1 Tuesday, April 16th 2013 IN TRANSIT

Depart your gateway city for Bari aboard scheduled jet service. *

DAY 2 Wednesday, April 17th 2013 BARI/POLIGNANO A MARE

Upon arrival, transfer* to Polignano A Mare and the Hotel Covo dei Saraceni. Tonight attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

DAY 3 Thursday, April 18th 2013 POLIGNANO A MARE/ BARI

Educational Focus: History, Agriculture and Beauty of the Apulia Region. Excursion: Polignano a Mare and Bari. Access Polignano a Mare's Old Town through the Arco Marchesale and walk narrow, cobbled streets to the Capella de Santo Stefano and other sites. Bari, an ancient Greek Port, offers postcard-perfect views from the Via Venezia. Visit the 11th-century Basilica di San Nicola and the formidable castle. The Murat quarter is named for Napoleon's brother- in-law who planned it according to a grid design in 1808. Local Flavor: Sample local specialties at lunch in Bari.

DAY 4 Friday, April 19th 2013 LECCE/OSTUNI

Educational Focus: The History and Architecture of Lecce and Ostuni. Excursion: Lecce and OstuniI. See Lecce's lace-like, baroque architecture. View the Basilica di Santa Croce, the Piazza Sant' Oronzo, the end of the Appian Way and the Roman amphitheater. Continue to the White Town of Ostuni. Atop the highest of the three hills and still fortified by ancient walls, the Old Town is visible from afar. One of only a few edifices not dazzling white is the cathedral, commanding the city's highest point. Local Flavor: Savor lunch at a restaurant in Lecce.

DAY 5 Saturday, April 20th 2013 BISCEGLIE/TRANI

Educational Focus and Excursion: Meet the People. Agriculture is important to the Apulian economy. Visit a family-run olive farm in Bisceglie to meet the owners and sample the product. Excursion: Trani. Known for its Moscato di Trani wine, this fishing town is home to a 13th-century fort and a cathedral at the water's edge/ Medieval Trani also had a large Jewish population and was a Knight's Templar site. Local Flavor: Enjoy local specialties during lunch in Trani.

DAY 6 Sunday, April 21st 2013 ALEROBELLO/MATERA

Excursion: Trulli and the Sassi di Matera. See some of the most unusual dwellings. Alberobello's Trulli houses are truly unique with their pointed, helmet-like roofs. Matera's Sassi, or rock-hewn houses and caverns, have been inhabited for millennia and the town has also served as a film set. Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

DAY 7 Monday, April 22nd 2013 CASTEL DEL MONTE

Excursion: Castel del Monte. Discover the legacy of the famous Hohenstaufen Emperor, Frederik II. This mysterious castle, built in the 13th century, has an overarching octagonal symmetry, including the eight bastions at each point. Excursion: Winery Tour. Visit an operating winery and savor some of the region's wines. Local Flavor: Today, enjoy more local cuisine during lunch.

DAY 8 Tuesday, April 23rd 2013 POLOGANO A MARE

Educational Focus: Contemporary Italy and Apulia. Independent Exploration: Spend the day at leisure to continue your exploration, shop or relax. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.

DAY 9 Wednesday, April 24th 2013 in transit

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to you gateway city. * NOTE: Itinerary subject to change. Some events on this program involve an element of walking. *Provided for Air Program participants.

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Price and Program Inclusions:

Land price (based on double occupancy) . . . . $2,695 (per person)

Program Highlights

  • Your journey will accommodate a maximum of 36 travelers.
  • Enjoy the age-old atmosphere and fresh flavors of southern Italy's Apulia region.
  • Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Trulli, or conical limestone houses; the historic Sassi and Park of the Rubestrian Churches of Matera; and Fredrick II's mysterious Castel del Monte.
  • Sample regional wines on a winery tour, and visit a family-owned and operated olive farm to sample its product.
  • Discover spectacular Bari, capital of the Apulia region.
  • See Lecce, called the Florence of the South, and its beautiful architecture.
  • Immerse yourself in medieval Trani and wander narrow, whitewashed streets in Ostuni.
Included Features


  • Seven nights in Polignano a Mare, Italy, at the deluxe Hotel Covo dei Saraceni.

Activities and Events

  • Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
  • All excursions as outlined in your program itinerary.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Dinner.

Extensive Meal Program

  • Enjoy seven breakfasts, five lunches and four dinners; tea or coffee with all meals, wine with dinner.
  • Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
  • Take advantage of leisure time to try the local cuisine independently.

Many Included Extras

  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of a friendly, professional Campus Director and expert English-speaking local guides throughout your stay.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
  • Tipping of excursions guides and drivers.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
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Faculty Study Leader

Professor Patruno
Professor Patruno

Professor Patruno retired in May 2008 after almost 40 years of service. His main academic interests focus on 19th and 20th century Italian literature, translation, and on the pedagogical aspect of language teaching (with the aid of computers). He has published works on Giovanni Verga, Elio Vittorini, Eugenio Montale and on Primo Levi. His most recent work deals with Primo Levi and Italian women voices of the Holocaust. Hisbook, Understanding Primo Levi(University of South Carolina Press, 1995) originated with a call from the press. He has appeared on NBC's The Today Show to comment on Primo Levi's life.

Professor Patruno's teaching has been recognized by a prize awarded by the American Institute for Italian Culture for "outstanding teaching at the college level" and by the American Association of Teachers of Italian of the Delaware Valley and vicinity. His research has been supported by the American Philosophical Society. He has directed the Bryn Mawr-University of Pennsylvania Summer Institute in Florence, Italy, for several years and was the Co-Director of the Summer Study in Pisa Program.

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This four-star hotel sits in one of the world's most enchanting locations and offers breathtaking views of Polignano a Mere's Cala Porto cove and the white structures strung along the limestone outcropping. Traditional wood, wrought iron and ceramic tile touched with modern elegance and airiness are hallmarks of this hotel. The hotel's services include newspapers and bicycles for guests. The restaurant offers terrace seating and serves local and regional cuisine, particularly fish and shellfish dishes. Each spacious room is well appointed with air conditioning, minibar, safe, satellite TV, Internet and modern, tiled bathrooms to ensure a comfortable stay.

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