Walled Cities and Towers of Tuscany: Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and Montepulciano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Walled Cities and Towers of Tuscany: Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and Montepulciano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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Cultural historian Kate Bolton-Porciatti continues her virtual visits to some of Tuscany’s most atmospheric walled towns. Today, she explores Montalcino, Montepulciano, and San Quirico d'Orcia.
In this seminar, we visit three walled towns in the UNESCO-protected Val d’Orcia: a hauntingly beautiful landscape of sandstone badlands sculpted by the elements and dune-like hills on the crests of which rise some of the most beautiful hill towns in all Italy. Our journey takes us from Montalcino, a prosperous medieval city built around an imposing fortress and girdled with vine-draped hills, to San Quirico d’Orcia and Montepulciano–towns whose history and architecture have been shaped by popes and dukes and the passage of merchants and pilgrims.
Led by an expert on Italian cultural history, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this interactive seminar will explore the social, geographical, cultural, and architectural background of these three jewels of Tuscan civilization. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the area’s historic towns and their relationship to the surrounding landscape.
This conversation is part of a series on the walled cities and villages of Tuscany with Kate Bolton-Porciatti. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is a professor of Italian cultural history and music at the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in Florence, where she teaches BA and MA courses in the humanities. She also lectures at the British Institute, Florence, and at the Chigiana Music Academy in Siena. Kate has published extensively as an academic and a journalist; she is a music critic for BBC Music and a travel writer for The Daily Telegraph, UK. Before moving to Italy permanently in 2005, she was a senior producer and broadcaster for BBC Arts & Classical Music in London and has won prestigious Jerusalem and Sony Awards for her programs. She did her M.Phil. thesis in Italy, exploring the musical culture of early Renaissance Florence.

Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
A nice tour.

I liked very much the way Miss Kate Bolton-Porciatti used both pictures as well as recorded portions to view the cities. She was very informative and almost like being there. Almost.

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Elaine (Dallas, US)
A Magical Tour!

While Tuscany is magical, Kate is even more so - I have enjoyed so many of her seminars it would be hard to pick my favorite because they just keep getting better and better.

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Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
Walled Cities: Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia and Montepulciano

I am such a fan girl of Prof. Bolton-Porciatti. Her courses are full of information but it feels effortless (Which you know that means she worked so hard on them!!) The videos taken in place give us a good sense of what it feels like to be there. I had been to Montepulciano but for only an hour or two (part of a tour of the region) and I want to go back and spend time in all these three towns. Grazie, Professor!!

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Carolyn B (Brisbane, AU)
Fabulous

I have watched all of Kate’s courses and she is fabulous. She presents interesting, in-depth information clearly and with charm. A highlight are the pre-recorded videos from each town, which really give the feeling of being there in person. Highly recommended.

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
A Wonderful Journey with Kate

Kate never disappoints - her presentations are so well organized and are always filled with interesting historical information. Kate's personal videos add so much. It is a sheer delight to travel to Italy with Kate!

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
89%
(17)
11%
(2)
0%
(0)
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Cynthia Futter (Santa Monica, US)
A nice tour.

I liked very much the way Miss Kate Bolton-Porciatti used both pictures as well as recorded portions to view the cities. She was very informative and almost like being there. Almost.

E
Elaine (Dallas, US)
A Magical Tour!

While Tuscany is magical, Kate is even more so - I have enjoyed so many of her seminars it would be hard to pick my favorite because they just keep getting better and better.

S
Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
Walled Cities: Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia and Montepulciano

I am such a fan girl of Prof. Bolton-Porciatti. Her courses are full of information but it feels effortless (Which you know that means she worked so hard on them!!) The videos taken in place give us a good sense of what it feels like to be there. I had been to Montepulciano but for only an hour or two (part of a tour of the region) and I want to go back and spend time in all these three towns. Grazie, Professor!!

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Carolyn B (Brisbane, AU)
Fabulous

I have watched all of Kate’s courses and she is fabulous. She presents interesting, in-depth information clearly and with charm. A highlight are the pre-recorded videos from each town, which really give the feeling of being there in person. Highly recommended.

S
Susan G (Wilmette, US)
A Wonderful Journey with Kate

Kate never disappoints - her presentations are so well organized and are always filled with interesting historical information. Kate's personal videos add so much. It is a sheer delight to travel to Italy with Kate!