LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR BUNDLE
“Live Events from Italy in May”

Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero with special guests Dr. Eric Nicholson and two Palio Jockeys from Siena

Dates & Times:
Live Virtual Events:
May 1: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)
May 2, May 28: 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (8:30 – 9:30 am PT)
May 8: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT)
May 14, May 21: 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET (10:00 – 11:00 am PT)
June 5: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT)
*This event was originally scheduled for May 1, 2021

 

Special offer

Details

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR BUNDLE | “Live Events from Italy in May”

  1. Saturday, May 1, 2021 | Live Stream Walking Tour of Venice | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET (8:00 – 9:00 am PT)
  2. Sunday, May 2, 2021 | The Art of Glass Making in Murano – Exclusive Live Stream Demonstration | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (8:30 – 9:30 am PT)
  3. Saturday, May 8, 2021 | Boccaccio’s Storytelling Art of Living Well with Dr. Eric Nicholson | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT)
  4. Friday, May 14, 2021 | Inside the Palio: A Candid Discussion with Two of the Race’s Most Successful Jockeys | 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET (10:00 – 11:00 am PT)
  5. Friday, May 21, 2021 | The Wine Windows of Florence | 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET (10:00 – 11:00 am PT)
  6. Friday, May 28, 2021 | The Glory of Ancient Rome | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm ET (8:30 – 9:30 am PT)
  7. Saturday, June 5, 2021 | Exclusive Live Stream Visit from Inside the Basilica of San Marco in Venice | 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET (11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT)
    *This event was originally scheduled for May 1, 2021

Each live virtual event will include a 45-minute live lecture, tour, or performance followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Please note:

  • Your participation for all seven live virtual events is confirmed once you have purchased your bundle. You will receive a reminder 24 hours before each event and the Zoom link to join each presentation circa 30 minutes before the start time.
  • VIDEO RECORDINGS of the live virtual events (with one exception, see below) will be available for unlimited streaming at your convenience until June 3, 2021.
  • Please note that due to the exclusive and private nature of the live tour from inside the Basilica of St. Mark in Venice, we are not permitted to record this event.

Tour 1

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “Live Stream Walking Tour of Venice”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join us for a LIVE STREAM Virtual Tour – in REAL TIME – from Venice, Italy. We shall walk along the canals and through the back streets of the great “city on the sea” in order to admire its beauty, but also to see how the city is coming back to life after months of lock down. Stroll across the Rialto Bridge and along the Grand Canal, wander down the labyrinth of “calle” near San Marco, admire the famous Bovolo staircase, and then marvel at the majesty of St. Mark’s Square. See and appreciate the beauty of Venice in REAL TIME!

Tour 2

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “The Art of Glass Making in Murano – Exclusive Live Stream Demonstration”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

It is not known exactly when the art of glass making began in Venice, except that it has been confined by law to the island Murano since 1291. Since then, Murano glass has been celebrated worldwide for its craftsmanship, creativity, and originality. Murano glass is still made by hand by a team of artisans known as a “piazza” working around a glass master who sits in his “scagno” (studio) while directing and working the glass with his team. Join us for this EXCLUSIVE LIVE STREAM demonstration direct from a historic glass factory in Murano and watch the magic of glass blowing IN REAL TIME!!!

Tour 3

LIVE VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE| “Boccaccio’s Storytelling Art of Living Well”
Presented by Eric Nicholson
with Additional Commentary by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

The late great Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez explained how we can live our lives to tell our tales, but the first great Italian prose author, Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), still shows us how telling tales can keep us alive. How? Thanks to his collection of 100 (actually 100 ¾) “novelle” called The Decameron: this all-time classic of Italian and world literature has more to teach us than ever, since its stories are told by a group of ten young storytellers, in order to help them survive the traumas of the 1348 “Black Death” pandemic. In this unique interactive event hosted by Professor Eric Nicholson, of Syracuse University Florence and NYU Florence, Boccaccio will appear before your eyes, to tell you not only of his fascinating life in 14th-century Italy, but also how he learned that the art of storytelling enables us to live, and to live well.

Tour 4

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “Inside the Palio: A Candid Discussion with Two of the Race’s Most Successful Jockeys”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join us for a LIVE STREAM Event – in REAL TIME – from Piazza del Campo in Siena, Italy, where two of the historic race’s most successful jockeys will walk us through the various stages of the race directly from the famous medieval square where it takes place. Hear the stories about their greatest nail-biting victories, their dramatic battles with their rivals, and their most devastating losses. Learn about the behind-the-scenes events, intrigues, traditions, and superstitions that lead up to race – and discover the magic of the Palio!

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Tour 5

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “The Wine Windows of Florence”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join us for a LIVE STREAM Virtual Tour – in REAL TIME – from Florence, Italy. We shall walk the streets of the great Renaissance city in search of the famous “wine windows” whose purpose and popularity have resurfaced during the pandemic. Recent media coverage by the New York Post, Wine Spectator, and Stanley Tucci’s CNN program Searching for Italy, have made these objects incredibly popular.

Known as “buchette del vino” in Italian, these “small wine holes” were introduced into Florentine palaces in the 16th century so that noble families could sell their wine directly to the consumer and today are a convenient socially distanced way to enjoy a glass of wine.

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Tour 6

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “The Glory of Ancient Rome”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

Join us for a LIVE STREAM Virtual Tour – in REAL TIME – from Rome, Italy. This tour will begin at the Colosseum, where we will admire the largest amphitheater of the ancient world and discuss the most popular of Roman social activities – gladiatorial games. We shall then stroll past the Roman Forum, stepping back in time to the days of Romulus and Julius Caesar, weaving our way past the ruins of their great culture and through the tales, legends, and events of their great history. We shall then climb up to the Capitoline Hill, connecting the ancient emperors to the Renaissance popes, and then conclude in awe- inspiring fashion at the Pantheon.

The webinar will include a 45-minute lecture followed by 15-minutes of Q&A.

Tour 7

LIVE VIRTUAL TOUR | “Exclusive Live Stream Visit from Inside the Basilica of San Marco in Venice”
Presented by Dr. Rocky Ruggiero

The Basilica of San Marco was originally constructed in the 9th century CE to house the mortal remains of St. Mark the Evangelist. The style of the church is the perfect marriage of eastern and western Christian architecture, showcasing the world’s most extensive and beautiful program of mosaic decoration. Join us for this EXCLUSIVE LIVE STREAM Virtual Tour from inside the great basilica where we will enjoy a dramatic illumination of the mosaics, have rare access to the Baptistry, admire the exotic architecture of the building, wander up to the high altar, and gaze in awe of the sparkling Pala d’Oro. ALL IN REAL TIME!!!