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Travel with TSPR and KCCK to Italy to the Umbria Jazz Festival and Rome July 9 -17, 2017

Mar 22, 2017

Update 3/15/17: Thanks for your interest in KCCK's Umbria Jazz trip in July.

Our travel rep is coming to Kirkwood Community College tomorrow night (3/16/17) for a 6:30 CDT meeting in the Gritter Room, Iowa Hall at the Cedar Rapids campus.

Please let me know if you are able to come to this meeting, or if not convenient, you may check out our online meeting Thursday (same time 6:30 p.m.) 7:30 CDT eastern time.

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Don't delay!! This is a specially priced experience and your commitment must be made by the end of March.

For more information and to sign up for this trip, please contact our good friend Lisa Baum at KCCK:  319.398.5421 or lisa@kcck.org.

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We're heading to Italy this July 9 to 17 to experience jazz Italian style…an incredible trip to Rome and Umbria to find historic villages, delectable wines, incredible food and three nights with tickets to the Umbria Jazz Festival featuring Wayne Shorter and more.

We begin in Rome for three days with a guided tour of the priceless collection of art and treasure in the Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museum. Our time in Rome also includes a guided trip to the Piazza Venezia and Roman Forum, with a stop at the Colosseum. We'll view the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, the Great Synagogue, Isola Tiberina and Castel Sant'Angelo.

There will be free time as well to discover this incredible city.  Each evening we'll seek out the local club scene and enjoy the summer nights café style. We then will bus in comfort through the hill towns to our jazz festival home, Perugia.

Perugia is home to the legendary Umbria Jazz Festival taking place every July. Founded by Carlo Pagnotta in 1973, for ten days Perugia becomes an international music town, full of lights, colors, music in every corner and tens of thousands of jazz music lovers. During your stay here you get to experience a live music festival that brings together famous acts like Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Danilo Perez, John Patitucci and Brian Blade, Brian Wilson and Pet Project and more. The concerts run from mid-day to midnight nonstop and the city beats to the sound of international jazz. There is nothing better than a summer night in a unique place with a magical atmosphere, listening to good live music and drinking excellent Italian wine!  Each day we'll tour cities of Umbria…Assisi, Orvieto and Gubbio and return each afternoon to settle in to our festival itinerary.

Credit Wikipedia

Assisi, a medieval hill town in central Umbria, famous for St. Francis of Assisi and the magnificent basilica painted by renowned artists like Giotto and Cimabue. You might feel that the entire interior is decorated with wonderful frescoes – with so much to see, the experience can feel overwhelming!  Luckily, your expert art historian guide will help you understand these masterpieces, and you won't miss any of the beauty inspired by St. Francis.

Orvieto is one of the most striking, memorable, and enjoyable hill towns in central Italy. Located between Florence and Rome, this town sits high above the valley floor on the top of a big chunk of tufo volcanic stone.

We will  visit the glorious Gothic-style Duomo (cathedral) one of the most beautiful churches in Italy, due to its splendid and decorative façade adorned with elaborate sculptures and colored mosaics designed by Lorenzo Maitani of Siena. Inside you can find the magnificent frescoes of Fra Angelico and Luca Signorelli. Time permitting, other monuments that you get visit are: the Palazzo Vescovile, Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo, the churches of San Lorence, Sant'Andrea and San Giovenale.

Gubbio is one of the most ancient towns of Umbria. The picturesque city is built beneath Mount Ingino on the eastern side of the Tiber; Gubbio was an important town of the ancient Umbrians in pre-Roman times. Gubbio's Civic Museum displays the Eugubine Tablets, written in Umbrian language using the Latin and the Etruscan alphabets. The tablets, dating from the 2nd century BC, document the Umbrian civilization, from its religion to government. Your tour will take you through Gubbio's most stunning medieval backstreets to the imposing 14th century Palazzo dei Consoli, said to rival Palazzo Vecchio in Florence in its beauty.

Our trip returns to Rome and our flight home.

Don't delay!! This is a specially priced experience and your commitment must be made by the end of March.

For more information and to sign up for this trip, please contact our good friend Lisa Baum at KCCK:  319.398.5421 or lisa@kcck.org.