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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Better a Death in the Family than a Pisan (Architect) on Your Doorstep!

Better a Death in the Family than a Pisan (Architect) on Your Doorstep!

The Lucchesi (see people from the Tuscan town of Lucca) claim authorship of the above proverb, except for the architect
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Sometimes Dead Men Should Just Stay Dead (and Why I am still talking about the G-man)

Sometimes Dead Men Should Just Stay Dead (and Why I am still talking about the G-man)

In our last installment of “Why it's not the size of the rod that matters” we learned that “magic” rods are
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Why It’s not the Size of the Rod that Matters (and Why I can’t stop Talking about Giotto)

Why It’s not the Size of the Rod that Matters (and Why I can’t stop Talking about Giotto)

While having dinner the other night with a friend who is also in the “business” (by which I mean art
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Dante and Giotto’s Ugly Children

Dante and Giotto’s Ugly Children

After Dante was exiled from Florence in 1302, one of the cities that he visited was Padua. His good friend
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Giotto and the Return to Naturalism

Giotto and the Return to Naturalism

  In my last blog (HOW A LITTLE MAN CHANGED THE WORLD: ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI), I discussed how St. Francis
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How a Little Man Changed the World: St. Francis of Assisi

How a Little Man Changed the World: St. Francis of Assisi

Whenever I am standing in front of Giotto’s Madonna and Child (1310 CE) in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
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Loving Michelangelo to Death

Loving Michelangelo to Death

I think few people today remember how radically different the Sistine Chapel ceiling looked before its restoration in the 1980s.
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Florence Cathedral and the Beauty of Boredom

Florence Cathedral and the Beauty of Boredom

The cathedral of Florence (1296-1468CE) is not only the defining architectural monument of the city, it is also one of
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Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Met

Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer at the Met

If you have not had a chance to visit the exhibit on Michelangelo’s drawings at the Metropolitan Museum Fifth Avenue,
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When the Light of the World Went Out

When the Light of the World Went Out

Most of modern Western culture derives from ancient Greco-Roman civilization. From our political structure, judicial system, language, philosophy, art,
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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 Splendors of Venice
The Splendors of
Venice

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Rome the Eternal City
Rome the Eternal
City

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The Renaissance in Northern Italy
The Renaissance in Northern Italy

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Masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance
Masterpieces of the Florentine Renaissance

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Florence Family Program
Florence Family Program

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