- Lucca, Pienza and San Gimignano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti
- Montalcino, San Quirico d'Orcia, and Montepulciano with Kate Bolton-Porciatti
- Certaldo, Monteriggioni, and Siena 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.
Not suitable for children under age 13 (sensitive content).
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.
This was a wonderful, well-planned part of a larger course. Bolton-Porciatti is very well-informed, and presents views both of a Tuscan insider and of a scholar. The Siena material was particularly helpful to us, since our visit to Siena under the burning summer sun wasn't a successful one. Highly recommended.
The images of the cities were absolutely beautiful and the historical information was very interesting. I would love to go see these places and I hope I am able to do so in the not too distant future.
As always, this was wonderful.
Kate's presentation was clear, well organised, entertaining. A fine mix of history and travelogue! She clearly knows these lovely places very well indeed. I particularly liked her mix of styles - short lecture, then video. It worlked very well. Now I want to go and visit these places....
Ms.Bolton-Porciatti makes Italian history come alive. With a clever usage of videos combined with lecture, you are put right there in the scene as she describes history, art and architecture. A gem of an experience.