First National Bank’s First Adventurers Travel Club Travels to Italy

Published 9:22 am Wednesday, April 12, 2023

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“What an awesome adventure with some amazing people,” said Lorenda Smith, Senior Vice President & Director of Retail and Marketing for First National Bank.  “This trip was on many bucket lists and did not disappoint. I also am convenience friendship were made that will last a lifetime,” Continued Smith.

The group discovered the rolling hills of Tuscany, home to sprawling vineyards, charming medieval hill towns, and enchanting cities. Most took advantage of the Pre-Tour Option and spent three nights in Rome. The tour included visiting the Colosseum, the Vatican Museums, St Peters’ Basilica and the Wonders of The Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo’s mural of the Last Judgement., From there, the group enjoyed a Savor 7-night stay in Montecatini Terme, the famous resort and spa town. Each day the group journeyed to nearby towns, including Pisa, Florence, and San Gimignano, into the Italian countryside. They discovered the charming city of Lucca, Italy’s best-kept secret. They learned about the heroic deeds of WWII at the remains of the Gothic Line and visited the Museum of Liberation. The group visited the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial, the final resting place of over 4000 Americans—all felt the emotions of participating in the Lowering of The Flag, especially those asked to assist.

Another highlight was the group’s participation in a Tuscan cooking class, from making the pasta to creating a delicious Tiramisu for dessert and enjoying the meal they prepared paired with fabulous local wines.

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“Steeped in history, culture, and legend, this Tuscany adventure was all it promised, and we had lots of “Fancy” stops to prove it,” said Smith.

Visit First National Bank’s website at for upcoming First Adventurers trips, or contact Lorenda Smith at