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

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: watchtowers, 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.

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 83 reviews
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B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

As with all of Kate's presentations, I cannot wait until the next session. While I may not travel extensively in the future, I have verified why so many friends who have visited love this portion of Italy. Who knows in the future I might see some of these beautiful interesting spots featured in the presentations,

J
J.A. (Sherwood, US)
Three wonderful cities

Wonderful presentation. We have been to all three cities and Kate covered them well. Lucca is our favorite.

J
J.C. (Swanton, US)
Walled Tuscany

This was a comprehensive and entertaining virtual tour of these three fascinating walled cities. There was a perfect blend of historical context, architecture, and art that made these towns come to life. Kate was a knowledgeable and engaging guide who made effective use of power points and videos to make viewers feel as though they were participating in an in-person tour.

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B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

As always, Kate's programs are wonderful. Love the incorporation of visiting the spots and narration and of course seeing maps help orient those of us that don't know Italy.

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Walled cities of tuscany

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is wonderful! Her lecture was just what I wished for - having been in San Giminiano in the Spring of 1956 I wanted to to remember that wonderful town and the beautiful area - she made me ache to return and see all the wonderful walled cities of Tuscany!!

Customer Reviews

Based on 83 reviews
88%
(73)
11%
(9)
1%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

As with all of Kate's presentations, I cannot wait until the next session. While I may not travel extensively in the future, I have verified why so many friends who have visited love this portion of Italy. Who knows in the future I might see some of these beautiful interesting spots featured in the presentations,

J
J.A. (Sherwood, US)
Three wonderful cities

Wonderful presentation. We have been to all three cities and Kate covered them well. Lucca is our favorite.

J
J.C. (Swanton, US)
Walled Tuscany

This was a comprehensive and entertaining virtual tour of these three fascinating walled cities. There was a perfect blend of historical context, architecture, and art that made these towns come to life. Kate was a knowledgeable and engaging guide who made effective use of power points and videos to make viewers feel as though they were participating in an in-person tour.

B
B.K. (San Antonio, US)
Wonderful experience

As always, Kate's programs are wonderful. Love the incorporation of visiting the spots and narration and of course seeing maps help orient those of us that don't know Italy.

S
S.S. (Oxford, US)
Walled cities of tuscany

Kate Bolton-Porciatti is wonderful! Her lecture was just what I wished for - having been in San Giminiano in the Spring of 1956 I wanted to to remember that wonderful town and the beautiful area - she made me ache to return and see all the wonderful walled cities of Tuscany!!