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.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | NYC

“Italian Renaissance Art Treasures”

Monday, October 30, 2017

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm


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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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”
  • 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:
    Roman Forum
    Piazza Navona
    Villa Farnesina
    Villa Borghese
    Michelangelo’s “Moses”
    Church of San Clemente and to various Caravaggio churches
“Masterpieces of the Renaissance”
  • 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