Join the Georgetown University Alumni Community in Italy April 1-5, 2020 for an exclusive weekend in Florence featuring an evening gala on Friday, April 3, of elegant Tuscan fare, Italian wine, and access to private art galleries at Chiara Ferragamo's family property, Palazzo Corsini, on the banks of the Arno.
The gala will include remarks by Dr. Tom Banchoff, Vice President for Global Engagement, and a silent and live auction during which participants will be able to bid on a variety of exclusive opportunities. All proceeds contribute to the legacy of Georgetown's Villa Le Balze.
Other weekend events will include:
- guided tours and brunch or aperitivo at the Villa
- "decades" Villa cohort reunions
- exclusive guided visits of the Ferragamo Family Museum
- Florence culinary tours
- Tuscan cooking classes
- exclusive round of golf at the Ferragamo golf course, Castiglione del Bosco
- art lectures
- gallery viewings
- a wine country tour
Encounters Weekend Events
Gala at Palazzo Corsini
Join us for an evening to remember at Palazzo Corsini on the banks of the Arno
Castiglion del Bosco Golf Course
Experience a round of golf at the only private golf course in Italy!
Tuscan Wine Tasting
Travel to Castiglion del Bosco cellars for a tasting and farm-to-table luncheon
Guided Florentine Food Tour
Experience four hours of Tuscan cuisine with a tour through Florence
Exclusive Access to Art Collections
Visit the Ferragamo family museum, offered exclusively to Georgetown guests of the Encounters Florence Weekend
Tour and Reception at the Villa Le Balze
Receive a guided tour of the beautiful and historic Villa Le Balze and enjoy a cocktail reception in its spectacular gardens
Information regarding hotel blocks will be available soon!
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Alumni Stories and Photo Gallery
"Nearly 40 years since our group of 11 spent that first semester at the villa in 1981, that experience remains one of the best of my life and one I recall with great fondness. Studying the Italian Renaissance in the very heart of it was a surreal experience. It was amazing to learn about some of the most important art in the world as we stood in front of those very masterpieces. The villa also provided a beautiful and stimulating learning environment. I spent a lot of time reading books by great American, English and Italian writers. Idyllic is the word that always comes to mind when I think of my time in Florence."
-Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez
"When I think about my time at the Villa, the daily lunches with all of our professors and staff immediately come to mind. I loved that we all came together every day to enjoy a meal in each other's company. It was a unique opportunity to get to know each other better and to build the sense of community within our group. My time at the Villa really gave me a place where I felt like I belonged at Georgetown, and that's something I brought back to campus and will carry with me beyond the Hilltop."
"I found my experience as a resident in the Villa Le Balze to be incredibly transformative because I walked away feeling more in touch with my global community and all that it has to offer in terms of its history and art. Being able to study the bulging veins in the arms of David from Michelangelo’s “Statue of David” or the gust of wind blowing through the hair of Venus from Botticelli’s “Birth is Venus” created a sense of wonder and awe than no digital image could create. I gladly thank the Florencian natives who made my peers and me feel at home in their country while simultaneously cultivating a memorable, positive experience for all of us! My favorite memory from the entire three week trip was getting to see Pope Francis in person while visiting The Vatican. As a practicing Catholic, this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and words cannot describe the overwhelming joy that I felt that day! This was truly the highlight of my experience, and I am extremely grateful for my two professors, Norberto and Ivan, for facilitating this excursion and for helping me to fulfill one of my biggest dreams."