“We highly recommend The Renaissance Company…”

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

“We highly recommend The Renaissance Company for its well-balanced educational travel programs in Italy, and anywhere else Deborah and Frank decide to go. Expert organization at a very reasonable cost; and no one can facilitate our appreciation of the beauty and artistic wealth of Italy any better than they can. In depth directed visits to […]

“This was the ideal trip”

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Deborah and Frank have designed the ideal itinerary…With a trip of this caliber, the richness of the history, art, literature and place are a given.

“The Best Picture”

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Piero della Francesca is an artist well loved more than well known. Had his work been as transportable in the literal sense as it is in the figurative, his name would be as popularly recognizable as his contemporaries – Botticelli, Fra Angelico, Masaccio or any of the Italian masters of the Quattrocento (1400’s) but much […]

2012 Itineraries – Last Call! 10% off until 3\15

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Our 2012  itineraries offer you the opportunity to visit Tuscany, Umbria, Le Marche, as well as the Veneto and Po Valley and to enjoy these legendary places in a wholly unique, culturally sophisticated way – with access to places and to people that make our tours like no other. If you haven’t already done so, […]

Still Lost in a Fresco Cycle

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Every day I get lost in a reverie of some memory of last summer.  Lately I keep thinking of standing on the scaffolding in Santa Croce, face to face with the figures in Agnolo Gaddi’s frescos, seeing them just as they were when the artist created them in 1380. While it is unforgettable to be […]

Vicenza, the Golden City of Palladio

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Recently, we were at the Italian Embassy for a presentation on Palladio’s I Quattro Libri by the Director of the Centro Internazionale Studi di Architettura, and we chatted with him about our upcoming trip. Vicenza is such a beautiful and noble city

Rondine al Nido

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Of all the varying accounts of the multiple saints named “Valentine”, why we call February 14th Saint Valentine’s Day and how it became associated with love, I prefer the story that February 14th was the day birds (in my story, swallows) chose their mates. The rest is far too complicated and decidedly unromantic and swallows […]

Buon’ Anno!

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Buon’ Anno!  We hope your new year is off to a great beginning. We had a splendid trip to Florence with a great group of travelers. San Marco, the Gozzoli chapel, the Academia, San Lorenzo, the Uffizi, the Pitti, the Bargello, Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella, the Brancacci Chapel…and so much more.  Just being in […]

Cold Winter’s Night or Tu Scendi dalle Stelle

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Auguri! Molto freddo!  That summer like fall lulled me into a false sense of suspended time. I didn’t even post my Columbus Day menu. Now it’s mid-December, dark by 4:30, Christmas approaching, and two days later off to Florence.   I won’t complain about any of that since all of it fills my head and heart […]

Arrivederci, Eatalia.

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Arrivederci, Eatalia. What happens when you spend a six weeks in Italy and are literally sedentary the entire time? True, I had to go up and down 32 stairs daily on crutches in our apartment building. Mercifully, the sedia ascensore (stairway chair lift) covered the other 8 flights. I would have been the Strega of […]