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 Course Reservation Application Form.
Assoc. Prof. Carolyn James
Cassamarca Associate Professor in Italian Studies
School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Faculty of Arts
Monash University, Clayton Campus.
Bldg 11, Clayton Campus, Monash University VIC 3800
T: 03 9905 3267
Assoc. Prof. Carolyn James has worked at Monash University since 2000, when she was appointed to a Cassamarca Lectureship. Her masters and doctoral research focused on the late fifteenth-century Italian writer, Giovanni Sabadino degli Arienti, and since then she has worked on several new archival-based projects in Renaissance cultural history. A post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Centre for Italian Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti in 2001/2002 allowed her to complete research on the Gonzaga correspondence in the State Archive of Mantua and to investigate the history of the European letter with particular emphasis on women’s use of the letter between the 14th-16th centuries. Carolyn is currently completing a study of dynastic marriage and the diplomatic and cultural role of elite women in Renaissance Italy.