Walled Cities and Towers of Tuscany: Lucca, Pienza and San Gimignano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti - Context Travel

Walled Cities and Towers of Tuscany: Lucca, Pienza and San Gimignano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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Join an expert for a cultural journey exploring the origins and architecture of three of Italy's most evocative cities, Lucca, San Gimignano, and Pienza, and how they have defined the landscape of Tuscany.

Many of the most beautiful towns and cities of Tuscany have grown up around medieval defensive structures: watch-towers, fortifications, and battlements that stand witness to the turbulent history of this area. Cultural historian Kate Bolton-Porciatti traces the origins and growth of the medieval cities of Lucca and San Gimignano and reflects on how their evocative skylines have indelibly shaped the Tuscan landscape. We also explore the walled town of Pienza – the jewel of the Orcia Valley - a place conceived as an 'ideal Renaissance city' whose balanced architectural lines create a perfect harmony with the surrounding scenery.

Led by an expert on Italian cultural history, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this interactive seminar will explore the needs, ideas, and ideologies that form the foundations of Tuscany’s communes and city-states. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the social and cultural context of Tuscany’s historic towns.

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.

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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 not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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Great information

Kate provided really interesting information in a well-organized thoughtful manner. I loved this presentation.

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Great tour

Kate is a wonderful wealth of knowledge

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M.H.
Walled cities of Tuscany review

I enjoyed the presentation very much and learned a lot. Kate is a wonderful guide. I liked the insertion of the video vignettes to change the format of the presentation.

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E.
Walled Cities of Tuscany

Kate gave a fabulous presentation, as always

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S.S.
Escape to the Tuscan Hills

Very much enjoyed escaping the reality of Covid lockdown to wander three of the walled cities of Tuscany and I will be signing up for my next escape to other towns on Kate's itinerary.

Customer Reviews

Based on 73 reviews
86%
(63)
12%
(9)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
C
C.D.
Great information

Kate provided really interesting information in a well-organized thoughtful manner. I loved this presentation.

d
d.a.
Great tour

Kate is a wonderful wealth of knowledge

M
M.H.
Walled cities of Tuscany review

I enjoyed the presentation very much and learned a lot. Kate is a wonderful guide. I liked the insertion of the video vignettes to change the format of the presentation.

E
E.
Walled Cities of Tuscany

Kate gave a fabulous presentation, as always

S
S.S.
Escape to the Tuscan Hills

Very much enjoyed escaping the reality of Covid lockdown to wander three of the walled cities of Tuscany and I will be signing up for my next escape to other towns on Kate's itinerary.