Live Virtual Tour: Edinburgh’s Old Town with Dr. Irene Mariani

Live Virtual Tour: Edinburgh’s Old Town with Dr. Irene Mariani


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Join us from the lively streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s beloved capital. In this virtual tour, we will discover the medieval Old Town as we wander its cobbled streets, wynds, and intertwining canyon-like lanes. The video-camera-led virtual tour will weave and wind its way through the charming Edinburgh streets creating opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and an immersive visual experience.

We will start our tour on the Royal Mile, a buzzing street that connects Edinburgh Castle to the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse. As we stroll around the Old Town we will look at key moments that shaped the history of Edinburgh and Scotland, admire the gorgeous architecture, and discuss what life was like in the early modern time, by recalling the stories of robbers, murders, and witches. Our stroll will include a visit to the cafes, graveyard, and streets that provided much of the inspiration for the Harry Potter saga. We will also turn our attention to the many festivals that the city offers nowadays, including the ‘Fringe’, the world's largest arts festival. Maps and images will be included to better understand what we explore, and tips and recommendations will be shared for future in-person visits to Edinburgh’s Old Town.

Led by an expert on Renaissance art and history, Dr. Irene Mariani, this live tour will bring participants on a walk around the streets of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will familiarise themselves with the layout of the Old Town and come away with an increased understanding of the history, tales, and events that contributed to making the Old Town one of the most fascinating, intriguing and vibrant parts of Edinburgh.

Irene specialised in Italian Renaissance Art and her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. She was an intern at the Queen’s Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and collaborated with the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland. Irene currently teaches History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her second home.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
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This is how a live tour should be done! I was a little cautious about signing up for this as some live tours seem to be hit and miss. But this one was a hit! Dr Mariani did a spectacular job on walking and showing us on a live video feed Edinburgh castle as well as the Royal Mile. Dr Mariani was adept at walking and talking, and was good to virtually see Edinburg again!

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Informative Live Tour of the Old Town

Thoroughly enjoyed this energetic walking tour led by Iren Mariani. It complemented well her prior session which I took in January, 2021. That seminar provided facts that were put into real time on her extensive trek through key areas of the city on this live tour. Seeing the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Grassmarket Square, Greyfriars Graveyard (and "Bobby" the terrier), are just some of the sites covered, Her interspersing of history and travel tips were much appreciated.

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Walking in the rain!

Irene did a great job under very difficult circumstances! She probably had a 'wee dram' at the end of the walk.

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J.

We really enjoyed this!

Customer Reviews

Based on 13 reviews
77%
(10)
8%
(1)
8%
(1)
0%
(0)
8%
(1)
N
N.S.
Review

This is how a live tour should be done! I was a little cautious about signing up for this as some live tours seem to be hit and miss. But this one was a hit! Dr Mariani did a spectacular job on walking and showing us on a live video feed Edinburgh castle as well as the Royal Mile. Dr Mariani was adept at walking and talking, and was good to virtually see Edinburg again!

Reviewer avatar
S.-.B.
Informative Live Tour of the Old Town

Thoroughly enjoyed this energetic walking tour led by Iren Mariani. It complemented well her prior session which I took in January, 2021. That seminar provided facts that were put into real time on her extensive trek through key areas of the city on this live tour. Seeing the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Grassmarket Square, Greyfriars Graveyard (and "Bobby" the terrier), are just some of the sites covered, Her interspersing of history and travel tips were much appreciated.

P
P.S.

Guest did not leave comment

A
A.F.
Walking in the rain!

Irene did a great job under very difficult circumstances! She probably had a 'wee dram' at the end of the walk.

J
J.

We really enjoyed this!