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Discover Tuscany

Classic Tour
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Charme of Geology
The Gardens of Tuscany
Traces of Etruria

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New Years Eve 2019-20
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Traces of Etruria

Tuscany was the homeland of the Etruscans, who, between the 7th and the 2nd centuries B.C. created one of the first refined cultures on Italian soil before succumbing to the Romans. Necropolises with their monumental burial chambers, city walls and gates, and remains of temples as well as archeological museums testify to the splendid culture of this mysterious people. The city of Volterra, which was part of the ancient association of the 12 major Etruscan towns, was a prominent influence in that time. Guided by a professor of Estruscan studies you will visit the most significant archaeological sites of ancient Tuscany while obtaining a unique insight of Etruscan culture and lifestyle

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Rate per person, 1 week (7 nights), on 5 half day or full day Excursion Programme

Rate includes:

  • Accommodation in double room for 7 nights (arriving on Saturday and leaving on Saturday).
  • Half board (buffet breakfast and 4-course dinner, drinks not included)
  • Excursions Programme
  • Shuttle service in connection with the course programme
  • Free bus transfer from and to Volterra on arrival and departure days for guests travelling with public transport.

Rate does not include:

  • Single room supplement (€ 175 per week)
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums, exhibitions etc.
  • City tax 1€ per person/night. City tax is chargeable for a maximum of 3 nights
Course management: Prof. Stephan Steingräber


Stephan Steingrńber, German citizen, Archaeologist specialised in Etruscan and Italic Archaeology and in Ancient Greek architecture.

He is currently teaching Etruscologia e AntichitÓ Italiche at the University of Rome.

Volterra - Stephan Steingräber

Book cover of "Volterra" by Stephan Steingräber & Horst Blanck published 2002, edited by "Verlag Philipp von Zabern - Mainz" (in German)

Available at Villa Palagione Centro Interculturale

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