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Jennah Dunham

Save the Dates for Italian Travels with Asheville School Ambassador for Constituent Outreach

Calling Asheville School alumni, parents, and friends of the School to join Asheville School Ambassador for Constituent Outreach Jay Bonner for travels in central Italy’s Apennine Mountain region. The group experience will be based in culturally rich Spoleto, lodging at Palazzo Leti, a 13th Century residence restored as a bed & breakfast. From the Italian-style garden, we will enjoy breathtaking views of some of Spoleto’s most iconic landmarks. From Spoleto, we will be mere hours from olive groves and wineries, from the cathedrals and art of Assisi, Siena, and Florence. Readings, contemporary and classic, will prepare us for the ambience and sights of our Italian travel. Discussions may be held, weather permitting, in the palazzo gardens with regional wine in hand.

Our guide, Lorenzo Muti, is a native of Spoleto and former faculty member at Duke University, and he is a great connoisseur of Italian art and history. In addition, Lorenzo is a professional conductor. Our stay will be enhanced by his intriguing insights into Italian culture and society generally, as well as, locally, insights into Spoleto’s charms.

Cost: $3,000-$3,500 USD approximately, which includes transportation in Italy, lodging, and breakfast/dinner.

Additional Costs: International air travel, lunch, incidental expenses. There will be opportunities to shop not only in Spoleto but also the other cities we visit.

Trip Dates (subject to change):
Fall 2022: October 28 (depart U.S.)/29 (arrive in Rome) – November 6 (depart from Rome)
These dates work best for those interested in watching olive oil and wine production, which typically take place beginning in November in Umbria and Tuscany. The itinerary will include travel to Siena, Assisi, Florence, and local towns.

Spring 2023: April 14 (depart U.S.)/15 (arrive in Rome) – April 22 (depart from Rome)
April in central Italy will be a time of flowers and warmth. The itinerary will be largely the same as the fall trip, with more temperate weather for enjoying the out-of-door sights of Italy.

Readings: In advance of the travels, participants will be asked to read a novel, After Hannibal, by Booker Prize award winner Barry Unsworth and Rachel Cusk’s memoir, The Last Supper, of her family’s experience in Italy.

Please contact Jay Bonner via email ( or phone (828-712-8652) to learn more about these Italian excursions and commit to the Fall or Spring experience. Deadline to sign up for the Fall 2022 trip is August 30 and September 30 for the Spring 2023 trip.