G-I-F Reunion in Florence


Florence Reunion Schedule

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Morning — Walking tour of the San Marco with Mercedes Carrara; limited to the first 20 people. 

Afternoon  — Walking tour of the Bargello with Mercedes Carrara; limited to the first 20 people.

6:00 - 8:00 PM - Opening Reception held at the historic Palazzo Vecchio, Florence's city hall. We will commemorate our last 50 years in Florence with a welcome from the Mayor of Florence and an invitation to enjoy another 50 years in Florence. We will gather in the Salone Dei Cinquecento, "Room of the 500." The Room depicts large frescoes along with the ceiling constructed of 39 panels painted by Giorgio Varsari, an Italian painter and architect, along with our Renaissance works of art. Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres will follow in the Hall of Armor.

Friday, April 25th, 2014

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM - G-I-F Campus Open House and lectures with Mercedes Carrara, Dean Patrick Burke, and other faculty throughout the day. A walking tour of Florence will also be offered.

Lecture topics and speakers include:

  • Pierluca Birindelli  "1963-2013:The Italian Society 50 years after the "Economic Miracle
  • Dr. Patrick Burke "Gonzaga in Florence: a Future to Believe in, a Future to Invest in"
  • Gabriela Horvath "Shakespeare's Psalms"
  • Giovanna Russo "Italy of the rich, Italy of the Poor
  • Mercedes Carrara, Florentine Legends on Artists, Saints, and Persons — Morning Lecture
  • Mercedes Carrara, Florence's Top Monuments in the Hearts of My Students — Afternoon Lecture

Evening - No-host Class Dinners: Several local restaurants will be secured for class dinners ranging from 25-100+ people, with varying price ranges. Guests will pay a pre-determined amount when they register to secure space(s).

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

11:00 AM - Mass will be celebrated by the Cardinal of Florence, His Eminence, Giuseppe Betori, at the Chiesa SS Trinita.

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Reception and Open House to be held at the Palazzo Antinori, former home of the Gonzaga-in-Florence program.

6:00 PM - Gala Dinner celebrating 50 years of G-I-F to be held at the Palazzo Corsini, a beautiful Renaissance era Palazzo located on the banks overlooking the River Arno.

Sunday, April 27th, 2014


No-host Antinori Winery tours:
Arno Travel to arrange shuttle from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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Katie Doree
G-I-F 50th Anniversary Liaison
(509) 868-2908