March 2012 Newsletter


Buona Primavera! Although it may be a little early and even if you’ve enjoyed a mild winter in the US, it’s always great to see the days getting longer…and Italy beckoning again. We are ready to go and we want you to come along.

Register for one of our tours before the Ides of March and enjoy a 10% discount.

The Hilltowns of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche
May 28 – June 8, 2012

Venice, Verona, Ravenna and The Po Valley
June 11 – June 22, 2012

The Florentine Renaissance
June 25 – July 2, 2012

See below for more information or go to

In the meantime, join us at Georgetown University for Deborah’s lecture:

“The Culture of Magnificence at the Court of Urbino”
Friday, March 23

Lecture at 7:00, Reception at 6:00

Leavey Center Faculty Club
Georgetown University
Reservations due by March 20th to

Guests are welcome; reduced parking in the
SW Quad Visitor Parking, Canal Road campus entrance.

Hilltowns of Tuscany, Umbria & Le Marche

May 28 – June 8, 2012

The Val d’ Orcia, the serenity of La Verna, the resonance of Assisi, the Brunello of Montalcino, the Piero della Francesca Trail. Enjoy a wine tasting in an ancient castello, see “the world’s greatest small painting,” gaze over the countryside that inspired St. Francis, Dante, and Michelangelo; visit the “Ideal City” and the legendary court that inspired The Book of the Courtier. Understand the context of the people and wonder of it all. We’ve led small groups through these regions for more than 15 years and each time, through the generosity of Italian friends and colleagues, a new door is opened to experience the culture in a wholly unique way. Read more…

Venice, Verona, Ravenna & the Po Valley

June 11 – June 22, 2012

The sleek modern and ancient beauty of Verona, the Arena, the conviviality of the sidewalk cafes, the contemporary bustles of medieval Bologna, the fabulous Palladian paradise of Vicenza, Montegna’s Camere degli Sposi in Mantua, the breathtaking fifteen hundred year old mosiacs of Byzantium in Ravenna, Padua and Giotto’s masterpiece The Scrovegni Chapel, the thrill of arriving in a private vaporetto in the ever mystical Venice, the Titians, the Tintorettos, the Bellinis, the Tiepolos, the romance…as one of our travelers said on the last day of the tour “Do we have to leave?” Read more…

The Florentine Renaissance

June 25 – July 2, 2012

Florence, birthplace of Dante, nurtured the ideas and the minds that astonished the world and fundamentally changed western culture forever. The city’s enthusiasm for Humanism, a philosophy that would later sweep all of Europe, found its articulation in the works of Donatello, Ghiberti, Botticelli, Massaccio, Brunelleschi, Lippi, and later Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo. Seeing these masterpieces with an understanding of their unique intellectual and social expression, is to apprehend the full meaning of one of the fascinating periods in human history, the Florentine Renaissance. Read more…

and if you are in or around New York City in the next few weeks, be sure and see

The Renaissance Portrait: From Donatello to Bellini

at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until March 18, 2012.

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