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Alumni Travel Reading 2018-2019: Italian Lakes District

Art and Architecture


A tram in Via Manzoni, Milano, Italy, by FromTheNorth

Since the end of the second world war, Milan has seen such economic growth and prosperity that it now reigns as one the top global leaders. Milan has transformed itself into the heralded fashion and design capital of the world, providing a luxurious experience to all who populate the city. But the draw continues beyond extravagant culture and magnificant dining--it also provides visitors with unprecedented architecture and the home of Leonardo DiVinci's The Last Supper in the Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery.

Italian Lakes District

Lake with buildings next to water, mountains in background
Lake Garda Italy - 60, by Jane drumsara

Leisure meets adventure on your journey through the Italian Lakes.


Selected and Annotated By:

Patty Guardiola
Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library

Alixandra Boucher
Collections Assistant

Updated and Edited by:
Emily Benenhaley
Administrative Assistant

For more information, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Website.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Close-up of "The Last Supper"
Cenacolo Vinciano, Santuario di Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milano by
Dimitris Kamaras

National Geographic Presents: Leonardo's Universe

This extensive documentary details the life of renowned Renaissance painter Leonardo Da Vinci, and how his work has shaped history and the modern world of art.

See more by National Geographic on their Youtube Channel.

Travelling Through the District

History and Literature

Lakes: Maggiore,Como, & Orta

Two umbrellas at restaurant tables next to water

Umbrellas Lake Maggiore, by jbschick 

Lago di Como by Lazate some rights reserved

Lago di Como, Italy by Lanzate    

Lago d'Orta (Lake Orta) by  Ale     

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