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Itinerary

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August 17 - Zurich: Meet group at 2 p.m. for on-site orientation, followed by city tour

Study topics: Charlemagne and his influence in the Alpine region; from Roman city to world financial center

Overnight in Zurich, Switzerland

 

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August 18 - Drive via Ruinalta, Viamala and Zillis to Monte Spluga

Study topics: Rhine canyon and Flims landslide; gorges and Roman roads; language divides; Sistine of the Alps

Overnight in Monte Spluga, Italy

 

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August 19 - Hike through Valle Cardinello and drive to Chiavenna

Study topics: The Alps and their impacts on the Roman, Medieval and modern history of Europe

Overnight in Chiavenna, Italy

 

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August 20 - Chiavenna

Study topics: Strategic position and history of a key town

Overnight in Chiavenna, Italy

 

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August 21 - Drive through the Bergell Valley to the Engadine

Study topics: Bergell culture, people and architecture; continental divide; language divide

Overnight in Pontresina, Switzerland

 

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August 22 - Cog railway to Muottas Muragl and hike to rock glacier

Study subjects: Permafrost; climate change and its effects on mountain villages; farming in extreme environments

Overnight in Pontresina, Switzerland

 

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August 23 - Explore the Engadine, walk to Morteratsch glacier, and climb Munt Pers (3200 m)

Study topics: Traditional architecture; Ice Age; glacial retreat and effects on ecosystems, landscape and culture

Overnight in Pontresina, Switzerland

 

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August 24 - Drive via Bernina Pass, Cavaglia and Poschiavo to Chiareggio

Study topics: Glaciology; glacial geomorphology; history of emigration

Overnight in Chiareggio, Italy

 

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August 25 & 26 - Daily hikes from Chiareggio

Exact program depends on weather conditions, but we will choose from the following activities:

Rifugio del Grande, Vedretta di Vazzeda, Val Sissone
Study topics: Genesis of igneous rocks and effects on surrounding mountains

Val Ventina – Lago Pirola
Study topics: The Earth’s mantle at today’s surface; flora and fauna of the Alps

Quarries and mines in Val Malenco.
Study topics: Importance of stone quarries for the population of the Alps

Overnight in Chiareggio, Italy

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August 27 - Drive through Valtellina and along Lago di Como to Bellinzona

Study topics: Where Africa meets Europe (and the World)

Overnight in Bellinzona, Switzerland

 

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August 28 - Bellinzona and return via Gotthard Pass to Zurich

Study topics: Unesco World Heritage castles; Alpine landscapes; historic trade routes

Overnight in Zurich, Switzerland

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August 29 - Individual departure and return to US

 

Penn Summer

3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3335

(215) 898-7326
summer@sas.upenn.edu

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