Florence and Tuscany: Top 10 Highlights For Curious Travelers with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Florence and Tuscany: Top 10 Highlights For Curious Travelers with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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For the discerning traveller, long-term Florence resident Kate Bolton-Porciatti shares her Top 10 must-see sights and cultural experiences in the historic city centre and the surrounding hills. Our picture-perfect itinerary includes art in context, ancient castles and abbeys, monumental churches, palazzi and gardens, all interlaced with the best Tuscan food and fine Chianti wines.
She shares suggestions for concerts and operas where you can mingle with the locals in the city where opera was born; visits to artisan workshops where Florence’s ancient crafts are still practised; food shopping and culinary tips; the best roof terraces and panoramic hilltop gardens where you can enjoy an 'aperitivo overlooking the towers and spires of the city. The seminar will include some beautiful locations off the beaten track and suggestions of how to avoid the heaviest crowds at the most famous sights. Finally, we’ll propose day trips from Florence where you can visit ancient castles, abbeys and wineries girdled in some of Tuscany’s most ravishing scenery. Participants will have the chance to take part in a Q&A session afterwards.
Led by an expert on Italian culture and music, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this Conversation will look beyond Florence's most touted sights to propose other truly memorable experiences for the sophisticated traveller. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a portfolio of suggestions for their Florentine holiday.

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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Annie Peterson (Lake Stevens, US)
The Best of Florence and Tuscany

As always, Kate Bolton-Porciatti does an excellent job in providing interesting and very useful information in an engaging format. I would recommend this and any of her other conversations to everyone.

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Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Outstanding

Kate's presentations are superb and this one falls into the same category. The action packed seminar and the document that followed were filled with wonderful information to make your time in Florence educational, fun and even relaxing!

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Juan (Long Beach, US)

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Beth Anne Randall (Winter Garden, US)
The gift of a virtual escape

Kate takes you on a virtual escape to places it’s obvious she know and loves. She has the ability to describe, explain, and illustrate locations that make you feel like you are actually there. She is a gifted story teller who takes you on a journey and gives context to destination. She created smells, tastes and longing for the experience of Florence. It was a delightful escape on a Sunday afternoon!

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Based on 4 reviews
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Annie Peterson (Lake Stevens, US)
The Best of Florence and Tuscany

As always, Kate Bolton-Porciatti does an excellent job in providing interesting and very useful information in an engaging format. I would recommend this and any of her other conversations to everyone.

S
Susan G (Wilmette, US)
Outstanding

Kate's presentations are superb and this one falls into the same category. The action packed seminar and the document that followed were filled with wonderful information to make your time in Florence educational, fun and even relaxing!

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Juan (Long Beach, US)

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Beth Anne Randall (Winter Garden, US)
The gift of a virtual escape

Kate takes you on a virtual escape to places it’s obvious she know and loves. She has the ability to describe, explain, and illustrate locations that make you feel like you are actually there. She is a gifted story teller who takes you on a journey and gives context to destination. She created smells, tastes and longing for the experience of Florence. It was a delightful escape on a Sunday afternoon!