USF offers tour of Italy to students, community

November 18, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Students and community members are invited to join the University of Saint Francis School of Creative Arts on a “Grand Tour of Italy” this May.

The comprehensive tour is scheduled for May 8-18, 2020 and will be an excellent opportunity for students and the local community to experience four of the most amazing cities in Europe: Venice, Florence, Assisi and Rome.

A professional tour guide will lead the group, under the direction of Tim Parsley, Art Department Chair, and Dr. Esperanca Camara, professor of Italian Renaissance Art. Flights, transportation, hotels, most meals and museum admissions are included in the trip.

An informational meeting will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24 in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center off Leesburg Road on the USF campus, 2701 Spring St. The dates of this trip are subject to change.

Tour highlights include:

• Venice: Saint Mark’s Square and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.
• Florence: Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and the Academia (Michelangelo’s David)
• Assisi: Basilica of Saint Francis
• Rome: Vatican City, Saint Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Villa Borghese.

For more information, contact Tim Parsley at 260-399-7700, ext. 8003, or email; Dr. Esperanca Camara at 260-399-7700, ext. 8017, or email; or Dr. Beth Kuebler-Wolf, Art History program director, at 260-399-7700, ext. 8009, or email

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four team NAIA national championships and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.