Please note the itinerary for our travels before arriving in Cortona. Hotel accommodations in such cities are second-class, student- type hotels. The hotels are clean, comfortable, and the food is good, but may be more expensive in the hotel compared with restaurants in the town or city you are visiting.

Throughout the semester term, weekly field trips are scheduled for the entire group. These trips are required of all students; they include visits to important artistic and historical centers such as Siena, Perugia, Assisi, etc.

For day trips, departure from Cortona is 7:30 or 8:00 am.; we travel by chartered buses and stop in the assigned cities. Every effort is made to be back in Cortona by dinner time.

Promptness is essential. Program buses cannot keep many people waiting for a few late comers. If you are late even a minute in meeting a bus at any assigned place, you may miss the bus and you will be responsible for your own transportation back to Cortona.

What to bring on field trips

The best bag to carry for day-long trips is a small backpack with your camera, sketchbook and notebook, pens and pencils and other personal needs. If churches are to be visited (we almost always do), you must be suitably dressed or you may not be allowed into the church. Suitably dressed means that bare arms and shoulders, miniskirts or short shorts are not permitted. Taking along a light raincoat that you can wear when entering churches can become quite useful if it should suddenly rain.

Have enough cash before leaving Cortona. This includes coins for public transportation and small bills for easy transactions. Banks are usually closed on Saturday (when most field trips take place) and at any rate you don't want to spend your time in a bank when you only have a few hours to visit a site you have never seen before.