2016 TRIPS


Musica a Due

November 11-20, 2016

Trip Description:

Musica a Due promises to be a dream trip for chamber music enthusiasts. We will stay in the charming town of Bergamo for four full days and then in the more bustling metropolis of Milan for four days. While accompanying us throughout the trip, the two Jons will not only help us understand the music we hear, but will also perform in unique venues.

Jon Manasse and Jon Nakamatsu


A Foodie Trip to Emilia Romagna

October 14-22, 2016

Trip Description:

A friend asked me if I would put together an autumn trip focused on food. I did, so back we go to Reggio Emilia from October 14 to 22, 2016. We will explore not only the culinary treasures of Emilia Romagna but also some of its other storied cultural nuggets.


We will learn to make their pasta; we will see Parmigiano Reggiano being made and balsamic vinegar aging sweetly in the attic;  we will taste wines, cheeses, and salumis and perhaps some newly found truffles while we enjoy dining in excellent restaurants. On the non-foodie side of life, we will visit a castle or two and the Ferrari museum in Modena.  Shopping is always an option.

Hotel La Posta


Plein Air Val d'Orcia

September 4-14, 2016

Trip Description:

Join Susan Hope Fogel, an award-winning painter, as she leads an inspiring, intensive, landscape painting workshop in Italy's Val d'Orcia. Seven of our nine days in Italy will be devoted to painting instruction by Susan, with at least one full day of relaxation, and excursions to Florence and Siena as well!

Artist in a field in Italy


A Brush with Tuscany 2

June 18-25, 2016

Trip Description:

Join Eli Cedrone’s second workshop with Artful Journeys LLC. It is designed to be a fun, stimulating and stress-free experience for beginners to advanced students. Everything has been carefully organized so all you have to do is paint and enjoy the wonderful experience of visiting the Florence area of Tuscany. Painting locations are carefully chosen for scenic beauty and class size is limited for plenty of one-on-one instruction.

Eli painting


Photography in the Dolomites

June 9-16, 2016

Trip Description:

Trip Description:

Once again, Paola Bianco and I are teaming up to produce another art-focused trip, but this time the art is photography and the locus is Soprabolzano in the Dolomites or the Italian Southern Alps. This is the area where Germany and Italy intermingle and both languages and cultures are prevalent. The scenery is beautiful with lush green mountains in early June and wildflowers abounding. The food is also a combination of German and Italian cuisines: I can’t wait to eat the broetchen topped with cheeses at breakfast. We will start our trip in Verona, stay there for 2 nights and then go up to the Bolzano for the duration of the workshop.

Val di Funes, Dolomites, Italy


The Silk Road Cultural Series

Trip Description:

You won’t need a passport to explore the culture of the Far East. This season’s companion trip* to the Cape Symphony’s Passport Concert (The Silk Road and Beyond, performances January 16 and 17, 2016) actually includes four local trips to places where you can experience different aspects of Asian culture and history close to home.

Peabody Essex Museum

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