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Sun, 29 Mar 2020, 6:00 PM –

Sat, 04 Apr 2020, 6:00 PM

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During spring break 2020 (March 29 – April 4) the Smith Family Business will be leading a new student trek to Italy to explore many significant family businesses, Italian history and culture.

Why Italy?
In Italy there are estimated to be around 784,000 family businesses – more than 85% of the total number of businesses – constituting around 70% of employment. Italian family businesses are also set apart by their longevity: of the world’s 100 oldest businesses, 15 are Italian and, of these, 5 – Fonderie Pontificie Marinelli (founded in 1000), Barone Ricasoli (1141), Barovier & Toso (1295), Torrini (1369) and Marchesi Antinori (1385) – are among the top ten oldest family businesses still active today.

The trek will begin in Milan and travel through Verona and Tuscany, finishing in Rome. Highlights of the trek include visits to:
• Castello Banfi
• Hassler Roma
• Ermenegildo Zegna
• Levoni
• Nardini Grappa
• illy Caffè
• The trek concludes with the Cornell Hotel Society Regional Meeting in Rome:

• Sunday, March 29 – Saturday, April 4, 2020

• Participants will be responsible for transportation to Milan and from Rome
• In country, the trek will coordinate all transportation

• Sunday, March 29 – Friday, April 3 is currently included

• Most meals are included, with exceptions for built-in free time

Cornell Hotel Society Annual Meeting
• We will have the opportunity as a group to present at the CHS meeting on the experience of our trek

Approximate cost
• $2500 – $3500 US, excluding your own arrival and departure travel – many details still being finalized

Credit option
• Currently, there is no academic credit attached to this trek. If academic credit is needed, an independent study can be set up for qualified students through Margarita Tsoutsoura

• We are now accepting $300 deposits for interested students. We will need a personal commitment ASAP with a cash deposit no later than January 24, 2020. Space is very limited.

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