Carmel library travel club announces Italy trip


By Desiree Williams

The Carmel Clay Public Library has again partnered with the Carmel Travel Company to organize the second trip for the Library Travel Club, May 16 to 24, 2020. This time, guests will explore Italy.

CCPL launched the Library Travel Club in September 2018. Guests traveled to England during the first trip.


“The point of the club is to benefit the CCPL Foundation and to build camaraderie amongst people who have common interests,” said Melisa Keiser, owner of the Carmel Travel Company.

Keiser was able to donate $5,000 to the CCPL Foundation after the England trip. Proceeds benefit library functions to advance literacy and education.

Guests of the 2020 trip will tour the Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, shop in Siena and visit wineries in Montepulciano, all while returning home to a Tuscan villa. Then, the trip moves to Florence for a walking tour, a five-hour cooking class and market tour, a visit to the American Cemetery of Florence and more. 

Keiser said the schedule is less structured and packed than the first trip, allowing more time for leisure.

“It’s a good blend of a guided tour where they get to see and do everything that they would want to do in those areas, but yet they also get to have plenty of alone time,” she said.

The $3,155 price includes land transportation, accommodations, some meals, tour guides, admission to activities, luggage handling and taxes and tips. It does not include airfare. Guests can opt for a single room and add trip extensions to Rome and Venice for a fee.

“That bonding experience that you get from going on a group trip like this (for) something in the community is amazing,” she said. “It really makes it fun.”

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