September 15 – 25, 2016

This year’s theme is The Influence of Art and Architecture on Health. Participants will discuss classic and modern works regarding the impact of our built environment on physical, emotional, and spiritual health, considering how cities and towns can best serve human health today.

Orvieto, Province of Umbria, Italy (Photo: Steve Luck)

Orvieto old town, Province of Umbria, Italy (Photo: Steve Luck)

Tours will focus on how the art, architecture, and urban design of Italy’s medieval and Renaissance hill towns reflect humankind’s longstanding pursuit of health and healing. Anyone interested in health is welcome. James E. Bailey, MD, MPH, University of Tennessee professor, is course director and John Griffin, BFA, architectural and environmental design expert, will serve as course faculty. Reading materials and a detailed agenda listing speakers, topics, activities, and tours will be mailed to participants in advance of travel.

Agriturismo I Frati

Agriturismo I Frati, Main seminar location

After two nights in Todi, a city recognized for excellence in urban design, our Search will be based at Agriturismo I Frati, a working farm and restored XV century Franciscan convent on a hilltop near Paciano, Italy, and our home for the week. From there we will visit the beautiful medieval and renaissance hill towns of Umbria, including Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, and Orvieto, and we will have the opportunity to hike on the Via di Francesco (the Way of St. Francis).

This study tour is open to all interested persons. To learn more, download the brochure and registration form. To reserve your place, complete and send in a registration form. For more information go to our Facebook page or contact Sharon Bailey regarding registration, tour details, or trip advice. Join us in Umbria—the green heart of Italy—to learn what makes its communities among the healthiest in the world.

Tour Resources

Author: Jim Bailey