Geneseo has a long relationship with the medieval city of Siena, Italy. Professors will lead a special trip to the region for the third time this summer. Here, participants from the 2011 trip pose in the central plaza. /PHOTO PROVIDED
For the third year, the Office of Alumni Relations and Office of International Programs are partnering with faculty members to offer a journey to Siena, Italy, in a way that's uniquely Geneseo.
The 10-day adventure — from July 29 to Aug. 9 — is open to alumni, faculty, staff, emeriti and other friends of the college and celebrates the relationship that Geneseo has had with the city of Siena for more than three decades. Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus Bill Cook and Distinguished Teaching Professor of English Ron Herzman, internationally respected for their knowledge of Siena, will lead tours and discussions about the city's history. Lecturer and Fellow in the Office of International Programs Wes Kennison and Study Abroad Advisement Intern Emily Froome will organize opportunities for travelers, not typically available to tourists.
Past Geneseo participants have learned to cook Tuscan food with a master chef, taken a private tour of the Uffizi Gallery, and joined in a tradition that dates back to the Romans — swimming in the volcanic waters of the thermal baths. Kennison says the group will explore the strange system of neighborhoods in Siena that define daily life and create the 800-year-old traditions of the palio horse race. Participants also have time to design their own adventure for a day, and to visit Florence, Assisi and San Gimignano.
Siena is the first destination offered by the new alumni travel program.