The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, six to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.
It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.
Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.
Program Coordinator (Italian Studies), Senior Lecturer
La Trobe University
College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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MA (Sydney), PhD (Toronto).
Nicole completed an MA (on the theatre of Pietro Aretino) at the University of Sydney and a PhD in Italian language and literature (with a thesis on the theatre of Giambattista della Porta) at the University of Toronto. She also taught at both these two universities before joining the academic staff of La Trobe University, where her primary area of research was Italian theatre, with particular reference to the comic theatre of the sixteenth century. Besides Renaissance literature in general, she also has teaching and research interests in Medieval and contemporary literature. She is on the Editorial Board of Spunti e Ricerche.
Staff Profile La Trobe University
College of Design and Social Context
School of Global, Urban & and Social Studies
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MA (University of Connecticut), PhD (La Trobe).
Gianluca completed a Master of Arts at the University of Connecticut, and a PhD at La Trobe University with a thesis on the history and myth of Japan in Medieval and Early Modern Italian culture. He has taught a wide variety of courses at both those universities and at the University of Melbourne. His research interests and publications focus on the role played by Japan in shaping local and global Italian identities as presented in Renaissance historical narratives, poetry, and visual arts. He has published works on Giovan Battista Ramusio’s Navigationi, Ariosto’s Furioso, and Gabriele D’Annunzio’s relationship with Japan.
Staff Profile RMIT University