Umbria, A Harmony of Art and Nature: Assisi, Spello and Mount Subasio with Kate Bolton-Porciatti - Context Travel

Umbria, A Harmony of Art and Nature: Assisi, Spello and Mount Subasio with Kate Bolton-Porciatti


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A series of ‘armchair journeys’ exploring the astonishing wealth of important art, historic architecture, and spectacular natural scenery in Umbria – an area popularly known as the ‘green heart’ of Italy which boasts numerous UNESCO-protected sites. Seminars may be taken as a series or individually, but each one is devised to be a feasible itinerary for anyone planning to visit the area.

Guided by cultural historian Kate Bolton-Porciatti, each conversation will interweave history and cultural context into a richly evocative virtual tour, taking in famous art cities and also wandering off the beaten path to offer the discerning visitor insights into places where man and nature coexist in serene harmony.

Today, we visit the ‘city sanctuary' of Assisi and its majestic, Unesco-protected basilica of St Francis, adorned with frescoes by Cimabue, Simone Martini, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Giotto. Then, meandering through the Subasio national park, we take in the silent and beautiful Hermitage of the Carceri - a lonely place beloved of St Francis - and the medieval fortified villages of Armenzano and Collepino. From the summit of Monte Subasio, we’re rewarded with seraphic views over the Umbrian plains and the Sibillini Mountains. Finally, we visit Spello, on the southern flank of Subasio - an ancient town girdled with splendid medieval walls and Roman gateways.

This conversation is part of a five-part series on Umbria with Kate Bolton-Porciatti. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a five-week 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.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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Umbria with Kate

Always such a treat to tour with Kate!!

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Umbria - Assisi, Spello and Mt. Subasio

What a lovely session - with a moving section about the earthquake and restoration that happened in the 1990s. Just lovely.

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A new "must see" on the Italy list

The problem with these seminars is that now I have to go to all of these places. I love Tuscany, but there are so many small places in Italy I have not explored- or do not know enough about. Kate's seminars are bringing all of us to these places, virtually, I have been to Assisi, but missed some important sites! This is definitely a great way to learn more about Italy. Plus Kate's seminars are simply wonderful. Her photos and videos make it so REAL. And her knowledge is vast. And the way she uses language is beautiful. Can you tell how much I love her seminars? If you love Italy, do not miss signing up for Kate's seminars.

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This Was Fabulous!

Kate gave a wonderful lecture about this beautiful part of Umbria. She combined speaking live with some premade videos, walking us through the places she was telling us about. This was so very worthwhile - I just loved it!

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
89%
(8)
0%
(0)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
d
d.a.
Umbria with Kate

Always such a treat to tour with Kate!!

S
S.M.
Umbria - Assisi, Spello and Mt. Subasio

What a lovely session - with a moving section about the earthquake and restoration that happened in the 1990s. Just lovely.

S
S.
A new "must see" on the Italy list

The problem with these seminars is that now I have to go to all of these places. I love Tuscany, but there are so many small places in Italy I have not explored- or do not know enough about. Kate's seminars are bringing all of us to these places, virtually, I have been to Assisi, but missed some important sites! This is definitely a great way to learn more about Italy. Plus Kate's seminars are simply wonderful. Her photos and videos make it so REAL. And her knowledge is vast. And the way she uses language is beautiful. Can you tell how much I love her seminars? If you love Italy, do not miss signing up for Kate's seminars.

C
C.H.

Guest did not leave comment

C
C.C.
This Was Fabulous!

Kate gave a wonderful lecture about this beautiful part of Umbria. She combined speaking live with some premade videos, walking us through the places she was telling us about. This was so very worthwhile - I just loved it!