Edinburgh, Scotland: Top 10 Highlights For Curious Travelers with Dr. Irene Mariani
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Edinburgh, with its historical sites, puzzling architecture, and folkloristic tales, is one of the most fascinating cities in Europe. In this lecture, we will discuss the top 10 highlights of Scotland’s historical capital. We'll delve into the history and secrets behind famous landmarks, and discover hidden gems of the city as well.
In the Old Town, once the buzzing heart of the medieval city, we’ll discuss the history of Edinburgh castle, the Royal Mile, and the picturesque Victoria Street. We’ll walk through an historical graveyard and beautiful public parks such as Holyrood Park and Princes Street Gardens. In the New Town, we’ll discuss how neoclassical architecture, visible in the succession of streets, crescents, and terraces, heavily re-shaped Edinburgh in the 18th century, and contributed to the city being labeled the ‘Athens of the North.' We’ll also stretch all the way to the Dean Village, one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems.
Led by an expert on Renaissance art and history, Irene Mariani, this lecture will introduce the history, highlights, and hidden gems of Edinburgh. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history, architecture and tales that contributed to make Edinburgh one of the most fascinating and intriguing cities of Europe.
Irene specialized 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.