Take a journey into the past with Rocky as you explore the greatest sites of Italy
Great Cathedral Mystery
Master craftsmen explore how Florence's monumental dome was built nearly 600 years ago. The dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore—the Duomo—is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery.
Experience Italian cities as classrooms as we explore their art and history first hand.
Our Intensive week-long programs offer participants an in-depth learning experience teaching them the fundamental skills of art historical analysis.
Our programs bring a historical period to lifethrough a “hands on” approach to the monuments and works produced during this specific period.
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.
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.
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).