A Slice of Sardinia with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

A Slice of Sardinia with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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Description

Sardinia is justly celebrated for its seascapes in myriad shades of blue, its red-rock coasts, and golden sand beaches. Yet this hauntingly beautiful island (the second largest in the Mediterranean) offers the visitor so much more: millennia of history, breathtakingly varied scenery, and eclectic cultural traditions thanks to its geographic position - “lost between Europe and Africa, and belonging to nowhere” (wrote DH Lawrence). Sardinia also brags one of the few Blue Zones in the world, noted for the exceptional longevity of its people; it’s a veritable Shangri-La.
In this seminar and virtual tour (partly recorded on location), guide and cultural historian Kate Bolton-Porciatti journeys from the island’s rocky north coast to its remote heart, where archaeological remains of mysterious tower-fortresses called ‘nuraghe’, ancient tombs and villages attest to an advanced indigenous civilization since at least 1800 BC. We explore the high plateau of the Giara - a hinterland where wild horses roam free – and the voluptuous volcanic landscape of the Marmilla region where man and nature live in perfect symbiosis. We sample local culinary and cultural traditions, discuss Sardinian secrets for eternal youth, and listen to the mesmerizing ‘cantu a tenòre’ - music so ancient it is protected by Unesco.
Led by an expert on Italian culture and music, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this interactive seminar is an ode to Sardinia. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the landscapes, legends, and cultural traditions of this ravishingly beautiful Italian island.

For more on this topic, we invite you to explore A Second Slice of Sardinia with Kate Bolton-Porciatti.
About Your Expert

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.

Audience

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

Duration

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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kareen (Chicago, US)

Kate gives us such informative lectures interspersed with great videos .......even great food indicative of the place. I love her presentations.

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Elizabeth (Philadelphia, US)
Sardinia is now at the top of my bucket list thanks to this lecture

I have attended several of Ms Bolton-Porciatti's lectures and they are all high quality, very personal, poetic, beautiful and informative.

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M.L. (New York, US)
Excellent overview of northern Sardinia

Overall this presentation was excellent, she started with a map, then went into the details with videos and photos.

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Sardinia

Kate is a favorite and her conversation on Sardinia makes me want to go! It looks fascinating!

Customer Reviews

Based on 54 reviews
94%
(51)
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(3)
0%
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s
s.l. (Toronto, CA)

Guest did not leave comment

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kareen (Chicago, US)

Kate gives us such informative lectures interspersed with great videos .......even great food indicative of the place. I love her presentations.

E
Elizabeth (Philadelphia, US)
Sardinia is now at the top of my bucket list thanks to this lecture

I have attended several of Ms Bolton-Porciatti's lectures and they are all high quality, very personal, poetic, beautiful and informative.

M
M.L. (New York, US)
Excellent overview of northern Sardinia

Overall this presentation was excellent, she started with a map, then went into the details with videos and photos.

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S.S. (Oxford, US)
Sardinia

Kate is a favorite and her conversation on Sardinia makes me want to go! It looks fascinating!