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Laura is a well-prepared and enthusiastic presenter, and I love the up close and personal details she provides! As a foodie, I would have like to have learned more about The Fat part of this story!
Laura Benitti's accent and presentation mannerisms made it impossible for me to understand most of what she said.
Beyond this, presentation was not well organized or adequately detailed and illustrated. PowerPoint slides needed much more detail. Maps were difficult to understand. Pictures were too few, and those presented needed clearer explanations. YouTube video introducing Bologna showed some beautiful views of the city, but there was no explanation about what I was seeing, just someone singing in Italian in background.
Laura is clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about northern Italy. I would have really liked to be able to have effectively learned from her, but could not.
By contrast, compare this presentation to Walled Cities and Towers of Tuscany --- Certaldo, Monteriggioni, and Siena with Kate Bolton-Porciatti, which I enjoyed last Saturday. Kate did great job, properly handling all those areas that frustrated me with Laura's presentation.
Info was excellent, and especially enjoyed the good narrative! However there was a problem with the sound in the middle of presentation. I think it must have been one of those Xoom “freezes” but completely lost commentary on several occasions.
I went to Bologna a few years ago and now I’m determined to go back after this talk. I didn’t realise all sightseeing I missed mostly because I was too busy eating (which was a treat in itself).