Hidden Tuscany: Following the Etruscans' Footsteps with Kate Bolton-Porciatti

Hidden Tuscany: Following the Etruscans' Footsteps with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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In our second of a pair of Conversations, long-term Tuscan resident, cultural historian, and travel writer Kate Bolton-Porciatti will guide us through the unspoiled glories of Tuscany - magical and ancient places that have escaped the negative impact of mass tourism.

Partly filmed on location, today’s Conversation journeys through the storied hills of ‘Etruria’ – the territories settled by the Etruscans whose imprint remains over two millennia on. We travel through the landscape around Volterra, one of the great Etruscan cities, pausing at an eco-estate that preserves timeless traditions of farming the land. We then head south to explore Pitigliano (‘little Jerusalem’) and Sorano, dramatically suspended on rugged tuff cliffs. Hikers can enjoy an excursion along with the nearby ‘Vie Cave’ – deep-cut tufa ravines scattered with Etruscan tombs. Finally, we linger in the exquisite town of Tuscania which, along with its archaeological remains, fountained piazzas and mesmerizing views, boasts one of Italy’s most beautiful churches (Zeffirelli used it as a setting in his celebrated film version of Romeo and Juliet).

Led by an expert on Italian culture, Kate Bolton-Porciatti, this Conversation will unveil places of unparalleled beauty and history, many of which lie off the main tourist routes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation and understanding of this endlessly fascinating region of Italy.

To explore the first part of this series, please click here. If you are ready to travel with us in person across Tuscany, please click here.

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 suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
Hidden Tuscany Part 2 - the Etruscans

I loved this seminar so much! Kate Bolton Porciatti makes you feel like you are walking right with her and this topic has been something that's interested me for a while. So bravo!!

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Gay Lutton (Jersey City, US)
Informative poetic journey

I have always been fascinated by the Etrucans and it was delightful to find out how easily one can assess this culture by visiting the charming towns and villages most of is have never heard of. And as always Miss Kate made them come alive for us with her usual gentle, poetic yet so informative style.

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Laurel (Calgary, CA)
Entertaining and informative

This was such an excellent seminar for discovering places that you cannot find in a guide book. As always, Kate includes videos which make you almost feel like you are there and provide a great sense of the places she discusses.

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Anonymous (Ridgewood, US)
Etruscans

I felt as if I was transported today to the atmospheric places where the Etruscans roamed. Greatly appreciate all the information that Kate Bolton-Porciatti shared but especially her being there live adds so much to each of her programs.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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Susan McG (Brooklyn, US)
Hidden Tuscany Part 2 - the Etruscans

I loved this seminar so much! Kate Bolton Porciatti makes you feel like you are walking right with her and this topic has been something that's interested me for a while. So bravo!!

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Anonymous (Orinda, US)

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Gay Lutton (Jersey City, US)
Informative poetic journey

I have always been fascinated by the Etrucans and it was delightful to find out how easily one can assess this culture by visiting the charming towns and villages most of is have never heard of. And as always Miss Kate made them come alive for us with her usual gentle, poetic yet so informative style.

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Laurel (Calgary, CA)
Entertaining and informative

This was such an excellent seminar for discovering places that you cannot find in a guide book. As always, Kate includes videos which make you almost feel like you are there and provide a great sense of the places she discusses.

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Anonymous (Ridgewood, US)
Etruscans

I felt as if I was transported today to the atmospheric places where the Etruscans roamed. Greatly appreciate all the information that Kate Bolton-Porciatti shared but especially her being there live adds so much to each of her programs.