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 for the Arts offers customized lectures in art and architectural history, cultural events and educational seminars throughout the country.

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Evening of Culture and Cuisine: “A Renaissance Christmas”

Friday, December 8, 2017

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

What does Michelangelo have to do with me?

What does Michelangelo have to do with me?

Let’s be honest, in the eyes of most people, art history is a rather trivial subject. There is little need
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Venice, la Serenissima

Venice, la Serenissima

The traditional foundation date of Venice is March 25, 421CE, 11 years after the sack of Rome by Alaric the
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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
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Milan, Italy ?

Milan, Italy ?

            When you get off the train in Milano Centrale train station and find yourself
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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