The last group trip of the Fall 2013 semester was to Northern Italy and included stops in Assisi, Florence, and Venice. Students were able to sign up for smaller, individualized tours in each city which allowed them to pursue their interests and experience the city on a more personal level. The trip began with an overnight stay in the serene town of Assisi, home of St. Francis. The students toured the Basilica of St. Francis and had the opportunity to hike up to St. Francis' hermitage. In Florence the students were immersed in the Italian Renaissance. Professors and staff provided tours ranging from the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo to the Medici Chapel to the Museo Galileo, all of them offering insight into the city's history, art, and culture. Students admired works by Donatello, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Michelangelo. They explored the famous leather markets, window-shopped along the Ponte Vecchio, and strolled the streets of Dante and Machiavelli. Then it was on to Venice! Students were awe struck by the beauty of 'the city of light.' They rode vaporetti (water taxis) along the Grand Canal, explored Venice's maze of tiny streets, and ventured to Murano to see firsthand the making of Venetian glass. Academic tours included an introduction to the city's major political, cultural, and artistic institutions—from the Basilica of San Marco to the Palazzo Ducale.