The Italian Riviera: Wealth and Splendor in the Republic of Genoa with Michela Ceccarini

The Italian Riviera: Wealth and Splendor in the Republic of Genoa with Michela Ceccarini


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Still known as Italy's largest port, for 700 years the ancient city of Genoa used to be a wealthy independent state and an outstanding economic power in the Mediterranean and beyond. This conversation will explore one of the most active cities along the Mediterranean - a city that, through its merchant culture and its strategic position, became a crucible of civilizations and a cradle of the arts.

At the time of The First Crusade (1098-99), Genoa began ruling colonies around the Mediterranean and became a city-state. From then on and until the Napoleonic age, Genoa's ruling classes of merchants, seamen, shipbuilders, and bankers ceaselessly worked to establish commercial relationships and made themselves known all over the world. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, a long-lasting political friendship with Spain and a political reform gave the local aristocracy the opportunity to establish a luxurious lifestyle: their magnificent mansions and impressive art collections are still an important part of this city's heritage.

Known as “the City of Palaces”, beautiful Genoa boasts over 150 famous Palazzi, 42 of which have been designated as Unesco Heritage Sites. During this conversation, we will learn about illustrious individuals hailing from Genoa such as the explorer Christopher Columbus, Admiral Andrea Doria, and virtuoso violinist Niccolò Paganini. We will also discuss some of the important artists who worked for the Genoese aristocracy, such as Flemish painters Peter Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck.

Led by a qualified local guide and expert in Genoa's history and arts, Michela Ceccarini, this interactive seminar will highlight the peculiarities of the glorious past and present beauty of Genoa. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased interest in a part of Italy that tends to be, undeservedly, not on the radar of the average tourist to Italy.

This conversation is part of a four-part series on the Italian Riviera with Michela Ceccarini and Karen Nilson. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Michela Ceccarini is passionate about foreign cultures, languages, and the fine arts. She enjoys sharing the wonders of Genoa and the Italian Riviera with visitors from around the world. Michela is also the founder of Genova Insieme, an association that organizes cultural events in the city, educational activities for schools, and excursions to art cities around Italy.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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When can we go to Genoa for real?

Michela gave a wonderful overview of a fantastic city in Italy that has been highly underrated. (Maybe that's a good thing so the secret doesn't get out?) She obviously has a deep knowledge of the history and breadth of the Genoa Republic. There are so many ways to go with a seminar like this -- and this lecture was a broad overview that oriented attendees of how far the Republic extended, as well as its roots from the crusades and beyond. Splendid way to enjoy my morning -- if only it could be in person, in Genoa!

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J.H.
Wonderful Lecture & Tour!

I really enjoyed learning about Genoa through this wonderful lecture/tour. Michele did an excellent job and really brought the city to life! Thank you!

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U.M.
Broad and insightful history of Genova

When I learned that this was Michela’s first conversation with Context, I wasn’t sure how this would go but, in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. Michela has a very deep knowledge of her subject matter and a warm style. Genova is an often overlooked Italian city and I’m glad that Context was able to offer something like this. Michela’s content was broad and deep enough to appeal to participants regardless of whether they had been to Genova before.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
73%
(8)
9%
(1)
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(1)
0%
(0)
9%
(1)
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K.N.

Guest did not leave comment

J
J.J.
When can we go to Genoa for real?

Michela gave a wonderful overview of a fantastic city in Italy that has been highly underrated. (Maybe that's a good thing so the secret doesn't get out?) She obviously has a deep knowledge of the history and breadth of the Genoa Republic. There are so many ways to go with a seminar like this -- and this lecture was a broad overview that oriented attendees of how far the Republic extended, as well as its roots from the crusades and beyond. Splendid way to enjoy my morning -- if only it could be in person, in Genoa!

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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J.H.
Wonderful Lecture & Tour!

I really enjoyed learning about Genoa through this wonderful lecture/tour. Michele did an excellent job and really brought the city to life! Thank you!

U
U.M.
Broad and insightful history of Genova

When I learned that this was Michela’s first conversation with Context, I wasn’t sure how this would go but, in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. Michela has a very deep knowledge of her subject matter and a warm style. Genova is an often overlooked Italian city and I’m glad that Context was able to offer something like this. Michela’s content was broad and deep enough to appeal to participants regardless of whether they had been to Genova before.