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Online Program

Adventures Online: The Art & History of Italy

From the masterpieces of Michelangelo to the treasures of the Uffizi, experience the very best of Florence, Rome and Venice on this online learning adventure, live from Italy!
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Program No. 24279RJ
Length
4 days
Starts at
399
Online Program

Adventures Online: The Art & History of Italy

From the masterpieces of Michelangelo to the treasures of the Uffizi, experience the very best of Florence, Rome and Venice on this online learning adventure, live from Italy!
Length
4 days
Starts at
399
Program No. 24279 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & PRICES

Online Program
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Accommodation Details
Learn from the comfort of your own home.
Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2021
SOLD OUT
Online Program 399
Itinerary Note

This program will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time every day.

Apr 12 - Apr 15, 2021
Online Program 399
Itinerary Note

This program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time every day.

DATES & PRICES

Online Program
Details
Accommodation Details
Learn from the comfort of your own home.
Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2021
SOLD OUT
Online Program 399
Itinerary Note

This program will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time every day.

Apr 12 - Apr 15, 2021
Online Program 399
Itinerary Note

This program will begin at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time every day.

4 days
2
Renaissance Florence, Uffizi & Accademia
From the comfort of your own home.
3
Michelangelo, Vatican Masterpieces
From the comfort of your own home.
4
Venice La Serenissima, San Marco
From the comfort of your own home.
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At a Glance

If you have always dreamed of learning about the art and history of Italy firsthand, there’s no better way than on this online learning adventure, live from Italy! With local experts, explore the cities of Rome, Florence and Venice to get a look into world-famous masterpieces and landmarks. During virtual field trips, view the wonders of the Sistine Chapel and explore the Pantheon and Colosseum in Rome, marvel in the masterpieces of the Uffizi and Accademia in Florence, and learn about the history of the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace in Venice. Enjoy a full day of lessons dedicated to the works and genius of Michelangelo, tracing his work through the ages. Along the way, get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you take in insightful lectures and presentations and engage in interactive Q&A sessions.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the historic masterpieces of Rome during virtual field trips to the Colosseum, Pantheon and Sistine Chapel.
  • Learn why Florence was at the center of the Renaissance as you enjoy a virtual field trip to the Uffizi and Accademia to examine works by Giotto, Botticelli, Michelangelo and more.
  • Enjoy a virtual field trip to the Basilica of San Marco and the Doge’s Palace in Venice to learn about the city’s rich history and artistic treasures.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand.
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Elaine Ruffolo
Elaine currently lectures for Syracuse University and Stanford University in Florence. Her special interests include the history of art and patronage in Renaissance Florence. She is also the resident director for the Smithsonian Associate’s programs in Italy and has developed art history programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale University Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Elaine currently lectures for Syracuse University and Stanford University in Florence. Her special interests include the history of art and patronage in Renaissance Florence. She is also the resident director for the Smithsonian Associate’s programs in Italy and has developed art history programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Yale University Alumni, College of William and Mary and the Patrons of the Vatican Museums.
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Rocky Ruggiero View biography
Rocky Ruggiero has been a professor of art and architectural history since 1999. He received his BA from the College of the Holy Cross and MA from Syracuse University, where he was awarded the Florence Fellowship in 1996. He then studied at the University of Exeter, where he received a PhD in art history and visual culture. Rocky has appeared in documentaries concerning the Italian Renaissance. He recently appeared as an expert witness for NBC News, as well as on the History Channel and PBS.
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Julianne Miller View biography
Julianne Miller is the assistant director of cultural programs in Italy at Trinity College. She holds a BA in French and Italian, an MA in international studies with a focus on Italian history and renaissance art and an MA in Italian language and culture. Since completing her studies, she has worked as a translator, travel writer and travel coordinator in San Francisco and Connecticut. In her free time, Julianne enjoys cooking, art, theater, travel, museums and movies.
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Ellen Rossi View biography
Ellen is the Director of the Trinity College Cultural Programs in Italy Office in Hartford. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College with a major in Romance Languages and Literature, Ellen lived in Liguria and Tuscany for many years where she worked as a bookbinder and language teacher.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Four Seasons in Rome
by Anthony Doerr
Doerr captures the romance and challenge of living abroad in this lyrical memoir, invitingly subtitled "On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World."
The Colosseum
by Keith Hopkins, Mary Beard
This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths.
Brunelleschi's Dome
by Ross King
The story of the design and construction of the dome in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, a tale rife with politics, cut-throat competition and mighty inspiration.
Cabal
by Michael Dibdin
Zen is called to the Vatican to investigate the death of Prince Ludovico Ruspanti, who plunged from the roof of St. Peter's Basilica.
The City of Florence, Historical Vistas and Personal Sightings
by R.W.B. Lewis
A vivid tour of the city and its riches by the fine biographer of Edith Wharton and Henry James. Lewis has written what he calls "a partial biography of Florence," beautifully interweaving the personal and the historical.
Venice: An Illustrated Miscellany
by Philippe Sollers
An illustrated literary stroll through the cultural heritage of Italy’s most romantic city that leads from Shakespeare through Henry James, Simone de Beauvoir and Antonio Vivaldi.
La Bella Figura, A Field Guide to the Italian Mind
by Beppe Severgnini
Italians themselves love this guide to the Italian character, which addresses their never-ending passion for beauty, disorder and high emotion. The book opens with a snapshot of Malpensa Airport, then moves on to Tuscany, Rome, Naples and Sardinia.
Rome from the Ground Up
by James H. S. McGregor
A wonderfully erudite, in-depth guide to the architecture and history of Rome. With 88 color and 34 black-and-white photographs and 20 maps.
An Artist in Venice
by Adam Van Doren
In this informative and charming memoir, Adam Van Doren, grandson of the Pulitzer-prize-winning poet Mark Van Doren, provides a personal and detailed account of his love affair with Venice. With 21 full-color drawings by the author, this is a must-have for anyone interested in Venice's rich aesthetic heritage.
Italian Venice, A History
by R. J. B. Bosworth
An elegant history of Venice after the loss of its statehood in 1789 at the hands of Napoleon. Bosworth introduces Venice's political unrests since that time, how Venice has modernized and the mal-effects of Global Climate Change and "Disneylandification."
Italy in Mind
by Alice Powers
A terrific collection of some of the best literary writing on Italy, including pieces by Melville, Lawrence, Henry James, Mary McCarthy and many others.
The House of Medici, Its Rise and Fall
by Christopher Hibbert
A well-written, entertaining history of the Medicis in Renaissance Florence. Great to read before going to Florence, where the influence of the Medicis and the artists they supported is still very much in evidence.
The Art of the Renaissance
by Peter Murray
A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.
Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History
by Ada Gabucci (Editor)
This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.
Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling
by Ross King
King's colorful chronicle of the world's most famous ceiling paints a maniacal pope, a budding artist and a "who's who" of other 16th-century Italians (Raphael, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci). Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research.
La Bella Lingua
by Dianne Hales
Inebriated with the sounds of Italian, lovesick for its phrases and enamored of its earthy idioms, Hales, "a sensible woman of sturdy Polish stock," dives into the Italian of the piazza, literature, movies and streets in this charming memoir.
Eyewitness Guide Italy
by Eyewitness Guides
Another gem in the Eyewitness series, this superb guide is handsome, convenient and up-to-date. Featuring color photography, dozens of excellent local maps and a region-by-region synopsis of the country's attractions.
Not Built in a Day, Exploring Rome and its Architecture
by George H. Sullivan
These 12 detailed walking tours celebrate Rome's buildings, fountains, piazzas, streets and archaeology with insight and enthusiasm.
The World of Venice
by Jan Morris
Morris displays her talent for research, telling anecdote and well-wrought prose in this spirited portrait of a beloved city, its history and inhabitants. If you are going to read one book on Venice, we recommend this favorite.
Venice from the Ground Up
by James H. S. McGregor
A walking tour, history and celebration, this masterly, personal guide to Venice includes a short account of McGregor's favorite sites, 10 maps and suggested walks (and boat rides).





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