PUGLIA, the Southeast Coast of Italy
April 13 - 21, 2021
DENVER, a Victorian Society in America Study Tour
May 19 - 22, 2021
June 2021


LOOKING AHEAD to Summer/Fall 2021




PUGLIA, the Southeast Coast of Italy
April 13 - 21, 2021

Cave dwellings in Matera
Trulli dwellings in Alberobello
Whitewashed houses in Ostuni

PUGLIA (called APULIA in English) has been tempting travelers since the ancient Greeks first glimpsed its rugged coastal beauty. Study the enduring influence of the region’s diverse cultural inheritance on architecture, food and languages. Learn how the rocky terrain produces thriving olive groves and vineyards, and revel in the sleepy pace of authentic southern Italy.

Meet in Bari, the capital city of the region of Puglia, located on the Adriatic Sea at the top of the heel of the boot, Italy’s southeast coast. We begin our discovery of Puglia’s wealth of architectural treasures, including the ancient warren of natural caves in Matera and the mysterious conical trulli dwellings of Alberobello. We admire Lecce’s baroque masterpieces, characterized by lavish decorative elements and impossibly intricate carvings. From Lecce, enjoy excursions to Gallipoli, and Otranto.

Then return up the coast to Trani, stopping in Ostuni, a tumble of white-washed buildings perched strategically atop a hill with views of the endless olive trees in the Valle d’Itria countryside and the glimmering Adriatic Sea. Visit Vieste and Peschici in the Gargano National Park, and, on the last day, tour Trani before flying home from Bari


DENVER, a Victorian Society in America Study Tour
May 19 - 23, 2021

Boettcher Mansion, Golden
Molly Brown House, Denver
Denver Art Museum

Non-members are welcome to join this tour to Denver, focusing on the art, architecture and history of Denver, going back to its early days as a gold-mining town in the Old West. Tour some of Denver’s historic Districts, including Larimer Square, the city’s oldest block, featuring landmark 19th-century buildings. Walking tours of Capitol Hill, originally the home of Denver's elite who constructed elaborate mansions there, including the mansion of Molly Brown, a survivor of the Titanic disaster. We’ll also tour Quality Hill, which was home to the wealthy and powerful in the early 1900’s.

Museums include the Denver Art Museum, an ultramodern complex known for its collection of indigenous works, and the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art, which has a celebrated international decorative art collection from about 1875 to about 1990, including notable examples of Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic, Art Nouveau, Glasgow Style, Wiener Werkstätte, De Stijl, Bauhaus, Art Deco, Modern, Pop Art and Postmodern.

There will be an excursion to the mining-town of Golden, and another to Colorado Springs, including a tour through the spectacular towering sandstone rock formations Garden of the Gods.



June, 2021

The Clark, Williamstown
The Mount, Lenox
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

Based at the Hotel on North in Pittsfield MA, we will visit a wealth of art venues, the renowned Tanglewood and several private homes in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, commonly referred to as The Clark, is best known for its French Impressionist paintings, and also its rich collection of American paintings, Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces, portraits and landscapes by European masters, and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture.

MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative visual and performing art, with vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.

The Mount was the country home of noted American author Edith Wharton, who designed the entire estate, a complete work of art, informed by French, Italian and English traditions, yet adapted for the American landscape.

The Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio was home of the late George L. K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen, prolific abstract artists since the late 1930s.

Norman Rockwell Museum presents the world's largest collection of original Norman Rockwell art as the best of American illustration.




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