Italian Riviera and Chianti 2017

Italian Riviera and Chianti

Oct. 22-31

Please join Brandeis Travelers for a spectacular trip to two of Italy's most evocative regions -- the rocky coast of Ligura and the verdant Tuscan countryside -- on a 10-day excursion to the Italian Riviera & Chianti, Oct. 22-31.

Our exclusive tour will be led by Joseph M. Wardwell, associate professor of painting in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis, and founder of the Brandeis in Siena program. 

About the Trip

The Italian Riviera and Chianti, two of Italy’s most beloved regions, harmonize to offer a captivating blend of Mediterranean vistas and rolling countryside, as well as fine wines and superb cuisine. From Sestri Levante, explore the Italian Riviera, including Portofino, Camogli and the seaside towns of the renowned Cinque Terre. Then, travel to Chianti in the heart of Tuscany and stay in the historic town of Radda. Sample Chianti wine produced from the local vineyards. See the highlights of Florence, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio. Visit Siena, Florence’s powerful medieval rival. Explore the hill towns of Castellina and San Gimignano, and visit the enchanting Colle di Val d’Elsa.

While in the seaside Sestri Levante, travel by land and sea to villages along the Ligurian coastline. Discover brightly colored towns that cascade down the sides of the steep hills and breathtaking panoramas in Cinque Terre National Park. In Radda, travel amid hills crowned with sprawling vineyards and explore the region’s medieval towns, which boast a rich architectural and artistic heritage. Journey across the southern Chianti countryside to Siena, one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval cities. Walk twisting stone alleys lined with palaces, Gothic churches and red-brick homes. Witness the exquisite cathedral and 17 historic neighborhoods known as the contrada. Stroll through 12th-century Piazza del Campo to view the Palazzo Pubblico. Conclude your trip by retracing Michelangelo and Dante’s footsteps in Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

View the itinerary and the brochure to learn more. 

About Professor Joseph Wardwell

Joseph Wardwell

Joseph Wardwell is associate professor of painting in the Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis. In 2015, Wardwell launched Brandeis in Siena. an intensive  arts-focused, study-abroad program, in partnership with the Siena Art Institute. 

Wardwell received a BA in art history and a BFA in painting in 1996 from the University of Washington, and an MFA in painting from Boston University in     1999. He has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, and has work in each permanent collection. In 2012, Wardwell received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to numerous group exhibitions, he has held solo exhibitions in New York; New Haven, Connecticut; Boston; and Seattle. His work is represented by LaMontagne Gallery in Boston and Fred Giampietro Gallery in New Haven.



Palazzo Leopoldo  Terrazza Notte  Radda

Guests will enjoy four nights at the Vis a Vis Hotel in Sestri Levante and four nights in Radda at the Palazzo Leopoldo. 

Vis a Vis Hotel is perched on the stunning Gulf of Tigullio, and is ideally located near many shops and eateries. This intimate hotel offers guest rooms with balcony views overlooking the water or hills. Enjoy Ligurian dishes at the hotel’s restaurant, and stop for a drink and a view of the sea at the bar. Walk through the garden or swim in the outdoor pool nestled among olive trees. The hotel has a spa and a Turkish bath. Wi-Fi is complimentary.

Sestri Levante  Santa Margherita  Florence

Package: $3,645 per person (based on double occupancy). VAT is $295 per person and airfare is additional. Single accommodations are an additional $325 per person (limited availability). Book by April 18 and save $250 per person. View the package details. 

Tour Operator: AHI Travel 

Activity Level: Moderately active. There is moderate walking on most excursions, with cobblestones, uneven pavement, some stairs, hills and standing. Travelers need to be able to board boats. Contact AHI for additional information regarding activity level and physical requirements.

Travel Insurance

Brandeis Travelers works exclusively with Meyer and Associates to offer trip insurance for Brandeis alumni and friends. Travel insurance products are available to all travelers on a Brandeis trip with TripAssure Travel Insurance Services and Travel Insured International. Please inquire about trip insurance options once you've made your reservation to meet any time-sensitive requirements. View the information at a glance. For more information, call Meyer and Associates at 800-635-7801 or enroll online.  



To reserve your space or learn more about package options, flights or travel inquiries, contact AHI Travel at 800-323-7373. 

For more information, contact Alyson Saykin, director of special programs, at or 781-736-2988.




AHI Travel


Tour Operator 
AHI Travel
International Tower-Suite 500
8550  W.Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL 60631

Branadeis Travelers

Brandeis Travelers 
Alyson Saykin
Director of Special Programs