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Through Deserts and Ghost Towns

From Death Valley to the forests of Yosemite, we will be following in the tracks of Italian pioneers of the Wild West, exploring through ghost towns, discovering silver and gold mines, while encountering  ranch cowboys and casinos.

Las Vegas

Day 1 & 2

Arrival and welcome
Trip briefing
Visit to the casinos
Meeting with Italians of the Italian-American community
Free evening/dinner on your own


Day 2

Travel to the Ghost Town of Carrara
Explore and analyze architectual structures
Survey of the marble cave and structure
 “Pioneer” lunch
Accomodations at Furnace Creek (California)
Free evening/dinner on your own

Death Valley

Day 3

Travel across Death Valley
Excursion to Mt. Rose
Dinner at Steak House and Saloon

Death Valley
Day 4

Exploration of the Keane Wonder Mine
Search for the mine at Chiaverini
Night-time excursion into the desert
Dinner:  Spaghetti in the desert


Day 5

Travel across the Emigant Pass
Accomoations in the Skidoo area
Exploration in the mining zone with a metal detector
Search for the Garibaldi Mine using the sun for guidance

Bag lunch with chili and beans

Big Pine

Day 5

Accomodations at a historical motel
Dinner at the Rossi Steak House while listening to Duane tell stories of the Italian Pioneers of the Old West — Listen to music of the Italian pioneers.

Lee Vining
Day 6 -7

Accomodations at Lee Vining
Take a break and bathe in the Devil’s Hot Springs
Visit to Mono Lake and explore along the limestone shores
Free evening/dinner on your own

Cross the Sonora Pass and explore the Yosemite National Park, following along the tracks of Francisco Bruschi, companion of Antonio Meucci
Return to Lee Vining
Free evening/dinner on your own


Day 7

Exploration of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
Arrival at Bodie Ghost town
Historical analysis of the Italian homes in this mining ghost town
Survey the exhibits and visit the cemetary

Overnight stay and dinner off Highway 395 near Yerignston



Day 8

Accomodatons in Reno
Visit to the Franco Ranch
Dinner with Luciano and meet the Italians of Reno

Overnight stay in motel
Conclusion of trip and Farewell Breakfast

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