Founded in 2008, Rocky Ruggiero Cultural Programs for the Arts is a company that offers opportunities for educational travel in various cities throughout Italy.
In the United States, Cultural Programs offers customized lectures in art and architectural history, cultural events and educational seminars throughout the country.

Museum of Fine Arts | Boston

“Italian Renaissance Art Treasures”

Saturday, November 11, 2017

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Florence, Italy In A Nutshell

Florence, Italy In A Nutshell

From a historical perspective, Florence is a city that is relatively easy to digest.  As opposed to a city like Rome whose
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Milan, Italy ?

Milan, Italy ?

When you get off the train in Milano Centrale train station and find yourself covered by the massive cast iron
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Mantua, Italy – Rigoletto, Romeo and Romano

Mantua, Italy – Rigoletto, Romeo and Romano

In Canto I of the Inferno, Virgil, the ancient Roman author of the epic poem the Aeneid presents himself to
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Parma,Italy – Beyond Prosciutto, Parmigiano and Politics

Parma,Italy – Beyond Prosciutto, Parmigiano and Politics

When most people think of Parma, they think of prosciutto and Parmigiano cheese. But there is much, much more to
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Padua, Italy – City of Saints, Sinners and Spritz

Padua, Italy – City of Saints, Sinners and Spritz

Nearly all trains heading to Venice pass through the city of Padua. Yet, in comparison to the throngs of tourists
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Bella Roma

Bella Roma

Years ago, just weeks before I met my wife Emilie, and after 10 years of living in Florence, Italy, I
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The Age of Genius

The Age of Genius

Our upcoming fall program “The Age of Genius” will take place in Florence from October 2-6, 2017, and will explore
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Open Letter

Open Letter

When Cultural Programs in Italy was established in 2008, the objective was to meet the need for the ever-increasing demand for educational travel. So many of the people I have met and worked with in various cities throughout Italy have expressed the desire to experience the art and history of this great country not simply as transient tourists, but as students.
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Why Italy?

Why Italy?

In 2016, more than fifty million people visited Italy. Why? Maybe because if you love art, architecture and history, there is no other place in the world with as much as Italy. According to an UNESCO report, more than half of the world’s artistic patrimony is located in Italy, which is home to 51 “UNESCO World Heritage Sites” (more than any other country in the world).
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Rocky Ruggiero Upcoming programs in Italy

“The Renaissance in Northern Italy”
Milan, Parma, Mantua and Padua
  • On-site private lectures in the great Northern Italian Renaissance cities
  • Padua: The Scrovegni Chapel and the Basilica of St. Anthony
  • Parma: Camera di San Paolo, Church of San Giovanni Evangelista, Duomo and National Painting Gallery
  • Mantua: Palazzo Duccale, Basilica of Sant’Andrea, Palazzo del Te
  • Florence: Uffizi Gallery
  • Milan: Castello Sforzesco, Brera Gallery and Santa Maria delle Grazie
“The Eternal City”
Rome
  • On-site lectures to the greatest sites of Rome: Coliseum, Sistine Chapel and Saint Peter’s
  • Exclusive visit to the Sistine Chapel while it is closed to the public
  • Private visits:
    Pantheon
    Roman Forum
    Piazza Navona
    Villa Farnesina
    Villa Borghese
    Michelangelo’s “Moses”
    Church of San Clemente and to various Caravaggio churches
“Masterpieces of the Renaissance”
Florence
  • On-site lectures to the greatest sites of Florence: Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, Cathedral
  • Exclusive visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the Orsanmichele Church and the Cathedral Complex while it is closed to the public
  • Private visits:
    Accademia Gallery
    Medici Chapels
    Piazza Signoria
    Church of Santa Croce
    Bargello Museum and Orsanmichele Church